How to have savings as a broke student
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Danila Petrova
5M ago
Savings… why you need them! It is never too early to start setting financial goals and learn about money and how to manage it better. You can only learn this in practice and small habits built now can easily be adapted later on when you are making more – with a more impressive pay-off. As a fully self-funded student… In all honesty, I do not make enough to make considerable deposits to my savings. For me, it has been more of a mentality shift than anything else. When you do not have a lot of funds available it’s easy to think it doesn’t matter, so why bother trying to save. Or to think “I’ll j ..read more
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Why I still have a weekly allowance
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Danila Petrova
5M ago
Over the last couple of years, I have become much more intentional about my spending. It helps me worry less and focus on my studies without wrecking my mental health. So, budgeting and saving have been a godsend! That being said, I noticed a pattern of spending too much of my money immediately after payday and then scrambling the rest of the month. So, I amended the way I budget. I continued to plan monthly but also made my weekly budget as well that consists solely of money for groceries, pocket money when on campus or at work, weekly transportation costs and some wiggle room. My advice is t ..read more
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Budgeting advice for students
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Danila Petrova
5M ago
Unless you have gone on a deep dive into every single thing you spent any money on over the last year… chances are you are not as aware of how much you are spending on things as you might think. Particularly if you are struggling with money or if you find yourself living on ramen the last week before SAAS or your pay comes in. Student life is stressful and exciting, and I get it, you want to focus on what is important so sometimes you feel too tired to do the grocery shopping, cooking cleaning, etc and just want some takeaway a bit too often. You also want to enjoy the few years of your life t ..read more
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Transitioning from Student Halls to Private Accommodation: Embracing Independence
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Adam Chudzinski
6M ago
As your university journey progresses, you may find yourself ready to move on from the experience of living in student halls and venture into private accommodation. This transition marks an exciting step towards greater independence and the opportunity to create a home that truly reflects your personality. Below I have listed some essential steps you need to take when considering your move: Research private accommodation early If you’re in your 1st year of university, the beginning of semester 2 is the time to start thinking of accommodation for the start of year 2. Firstly, you will need to c ..read more
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Being a part of society at University: Is It Worth it?
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Alison Riley
7M ago
Hi, I’m Alison. I am in my third year at the University of Dundee, and I have been part of the Dundee University Ladies’ Hockey Club (DULHC) for my whole time here. I played hockey previously in school, but in my last two years, I didn’t enjoy it as much. Due to Covid, games/training could not go ahead, so school hockey at home really lost its momentum. Why did I choose to join a Society? When coming to University, I was keen to join a society or club for the social aspect, but I didn’t know what to go for. I didn’t really consider hockey because I hadn’t enjoyed it previously, and I didn’t w ..read more
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23 fun things I did in 2023
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Sofia Mechtidou
9M ago
Are you bored, looking for activities inspo or just nosy about what I did this year? Perfect. Enjoy this list of 23 things I did in 2023! Travelled to Rome for three days on a whim during reading week Ate authentic Mexican food Went to Broughty Ferry over 20 times Took advantage of the under 22 bus card and travelled around Scotland Visited London for 5 days (also on a whim) Explored Glasgow Went to random Dundee parks when it snowed and played Went to random playgrounds just to run around like a child Walked around the waterfront Got gelato in the winter Went to countless DUSA club nights Ha ..read more
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How to: Cook at home, student edition
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Sofia Mechtidou
9M ago
Uni is back and we’ve all moved in with our flatmates. I personally started to panic about meals, since my schedule is always so over the place and I cannot meal plan for the life of me. So what now? I will let you in on a (not so) secret: meal prep services are your SAVIOR during stressful academic periods. We’ve started getting things from Hello Fresh. It’s super easy, with lots of variety and most of all it is affordable (when you have promo codes, I’ll add mine at the end of this post) We have been having 3 meals delivered every week, for three weeks now, and I must say it has been so enjo ..read more
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Blackberry and Dumb Money: My review of movies at the DCA
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Sofia Mechtidou
9M ago
In the past two weeks I’ve had the chance to visit the DCA with friends and watch a couple of very interesting movies. I had never heard of either coming out, but when I checked the DCA website for what’s playing, both of them peaked my interest and so the tickets were booked! Here is my review of Blackberry, directed by Matthew Johnson and Dumb Money, directed by Craig Gillespie. Blackberry – 8/10 I grew up in the generation that was not present in the peak time of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian’s obsession with the Blackberry phones, so it was super interesting to see what the craze was abo ..read more
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10 Songs to Help You Vibe Through Assignment Deadlines
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Sofia Mechtidou
9M ago
KIDS – MGMT: The vibess are 10/10 with this one, so run to listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe4EK4HSPkI no body, no crime (feat. HAIM) – Taylor Swift: T Swift did it again, with another exceptionally good song to vibe to (or play as background music during a game of Cluedo). Click here to listen. Paint the Town Red – Doja Cat: The song to play when your coursemates brag about doing well in the exams without studying in order to seem cool, when you know for a fact they haven’t let their books down in three weeks. (oddly specific? No…) Listen to it here: ht ..read more
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Things to consider prior to moving in with other students
University Of Dundee Student Blog
by Sofia Mechtidou
9M ago
As the new year approaches, a lot of students will begin to think about getting a flat for next school year. It’s really difficult moving in with people you don’t know, especially when you have to organise it without the help of your university or a specialised accommodation company. Here are some questions to consider before choosing to move in with strangers. Are you the same type of person? Do you both like to go out or host parties or are you both more comfortable with staying in and chilling with Netflix on? Pairing yourself with the same type of person is the first thing you need to do ..read more
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