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Cardiff University’s Wednesday Nights

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
November 27, 2014
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Wednesday is not your typical day for Cardiff University students and students across the UK. Lectures typically end by 1PM and many of the students indulge in their weekly sporting activities. BUCS (British Universities and College Sports) teams have their fixtures on Wednesday afternoons and the university’s intra-mural sports also play.
A large aspect of these sports teams comes through their socials. These are an opportunity for regular team bonding, fun and a few drinks. Naturally, these fall after matches and the Wednesday night is where sports teams hit the town.

Cardiff University's Student's Union - home of The Taf and Y Plas, Wednesday night stalwarts for students. Image from ticketreleases.com

Cardiff University’s Student’s Union – home of The Taf and Y Plas, Wednesday night stalwarts for students. Image from ticketreleases.com

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Campus Life | Leisure | Study Abroad | Warwick University

The “Artsy” and the “Mainstream” Movie Experience In and Around Warwick University

Pedro Saez WilliamsPedro Saez Williams
November 25, 2014
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I’m a film buff, a fan of cinema. One of the things that I enjoy most about the UK is the availability of the “coke and popcorn”, original version movie experience. Don’t get me wrong, I like going to artsy cinemas and watch undecipherable, anti-mainstream, profound, challenging, provocative and sophisticated stuff in a non-popcorn environment as much as any other pretentious sociology PhD candidate.

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Leisure | students | Transport

Affordable travel from the UK to Europe: A student’s guide

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
November 24, 2014
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The European mainland is always an attractive prospect. The beautiful sights of Paris, the wonderful weather of Spain or the vibrant Italian life are just some of what draws people to visit Europe. Whilst Britain is often seen as part of this European nation, this is not in spirit strictly true. The British Channel, or La Manche, keeps us apart not only in spirit but also far more literally. Naturally, this makes travel to the European mainland a touch more difficult than a simple car journey, but still very possible.

Flying is normally an expensive option, but the rise of budget, low-cost airlines is once again making this an attractive prospect. Operators such as Ryanair and Easyjet can get you to many popular European destinations from airports all over the UK from as low as £20 singles if you book well in advance but typically will cost more than this. Price comparison websites such as SkyScanner will allow you to work out the lowest cost of flying your journey.

Heathrow Airport: one of the UK's most popular airports. Image from visitlondon.com

Heathrow Airport: one of the UK’s most popular airports. Image from visitlondon.com

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Coursework | The University of Edinburgh

Tips for Procrastinating Productively

Alex BordelonAlex Bordelon
November 24, 2014
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We’ve all been there, where there’s a pile of work to be done from reading, essay writing, and group projects, but you have so little motivation to start. Don’t get me wrong, you should do your coursework, but sometimes a little procrastination is necessary. Instead of procrastinating by watching Netflix, or going on social media, why not be productive with the time you are “wasting”? Here are a few ways I manage my time productively when avoiding work.

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Campus Life | Leisure | The University of Edinburgh

Options for a Night Out on a Budget

Alex BordelonAlex Bordelon
November 24, 2014
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Bedlam Theatre

Edinburgh like any city can be expensive if you don’t budget properly when it comes to going out and having fun. But there are a few ways to spend any night out without breaking the bank. Thankfully, because Edinburgh is home to Edinburgh University, there are always places with student discounts.

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International Students | Leisure | The University of Edinburgh

Scotland in Autumn

Alex BordelonAlex Bordelon
November 24, 2014
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Autumn in Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had and I’m from New England, which is known for its autumn. During this time of year the sun is still out (mostly), it’s not freezing cold out yet, and there are so many events to take part in during the year. Here are few things to do in the Autumn term.

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Dining | Food | Health | Housing | International Students | Student's Union | students | Study Abroad | The University of Birmingham

To be catered or not to be catered …

Alice KennedyAlice Kennedy
November 24, 2014
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One of the most difficult decisions to make when choosing you accommodation is whether to go for catered halls or non-catered.

Both options have many pro’s and cons, I will weigh them up to help you decide what is best for you!

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Campus Life | Dining | Food | International Students | Leisure | students | Study Abroad | The University of Birmingham

University Cooking and Cuisine

Alice KennedyAlice Kennedy
November 24, 2014
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If you decide that catered accommodation isn’t for you, cooking for yourself is not only a valuable life skill, but can be fun and social at the same time.

If you are a novice cook there is no need to worry. There are plenty of dishes that are suitable for beginners than will become part of your staple student diet. Obvious choices for those challenged in the kitchen are pasta or stir fries. These are both quick and easy and both easy to include vegetables to make it that little bit more healthy.

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Campus Life | Cardiff University | Coursework | Exams | students

Cardiff University: A Bitesize Guide to Libraries

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
November 24, 2014
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With all the socialising, sports and fun you’ll be having at Cardiff, its almost easy to forget that you’re here to get a degree. Once you hit that point where an essay you haven’t started is due in a few days then the productive atmosphere, resources and distraction-free environment of the library is an attractive prospect to students early-bird and night-beforer alike.

Cardiff University’s humanity and social science students will no doubt become quickly familiar with the ASSL, the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Newly refurbished for the 2014-2015 academic year, the ASSL houses four floors with a social studies section, a law section, a humanities section and the ‘e-lounge’ on the Ground floor. Its location makes it an ideal meeting point and there is usually ample space to work with the E-Lounge being a great place for group work.

Cardiff University's Health Library. Image from cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff University’s Health Library. Image from cardiff.ac.uk

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Employment | Family | International Students | PhD | Relationships | students | Study Abroad | Warwick University

Postgraduate Life and Partnership

Pedro Saez WilliamsPedro Saez Williams
November 20, 2014
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I have now completed five years as a married postgraduate student, (masters and PhD) and I’ve realized that one of the hardest challenges couples in this situation are required to negotiate is to deal with the fact that (for most cases) when taking the decision to embark in overseas postgraduate study, the career of one member of the couple is being privileged over the other.

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