Food shopping at Uni

Food costs can easily escalate quickly when you’re at University. If you don’t get it right then you could be spending much more on food than you need to. But, it doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Here’s a guide on how to shop for food whilst you’re at uni…

Before you go:
• Consider doing your shop online. That way, you’ll be able to track the cost of your shop much more easily and arrange a time which suits you. Plus, you won’t get distracted by things you don’t really need! Shopping this way will also give you more time for other things, as you’ll only have to collect and/or unpack your shopping.
• Make a meal plan. Work out exactly what you’re going to eat over the next week or two and this will determine what you need to buy. It’s important to only buy useful stuff, that you can spread out over the week to make meals. There’s no point going shopping, spending £50 on food for a few weeks and not having enough ingredients to make meals with.
• Make a shopping list with what you need to buy. By already doing a meal plan, you should know what you need to buy and by doing this regularly you should know roughly how much your shop is going to cost you before you leave your door.
• Plan to bulk buy if you can. Get together with your flatmates and buy stuff like toilet roll and washing up liquid together. It’ll end up much cheaper in the long run.
• Bring a suitcase or a rucksack along with you. It can be a real pain trying to struggle back to your accommodation with plastic bags hanging by the tips of your fingers, so take something else to carry it.
• Although it doesn’t cost that much to get the bus to the supermarket, could you save a few quid by walking? It’s much healthier and nicer to take a short stroll there. You could always walk there and get the bus back if you’ve got loads of bags. Don’t forget that there is a market every Thursday on campus, where you can get things like bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, usually for a fraction of supermarket prices. market food
• Collect any coupons or vouchers that you come across and take them with you.
• Don’t go while you’re hungry. You’ll end up spending much more than you originally planned to. Have a decent meal before you go so you won’t be tempted!
Whilst you’re there
• Don’t be tempted by special offers- especially at the end of the aisles. The offers available may look good, but be careful, as they often encourage you to spend more money and make you get more stuff than you actually need. If you really need to buy from the on offer aisle, at least buy it instead of one of the other meals you planned for the week, or buy freezable items that will last a while before you have to use them.
• STICK TO YOUR LIST and tick stuff off when you’ve got it. You don’t have to stick to your list religiously, but  when you’re picking suff up that you hadn’t planned for, think “do I really need this?” The answer is probably no, as you would have covered most things in your shopping list.
• When buying fresh stuff, search for the longest best before date by looking at the back of the shelf. It will make it last a bit longer and that way you’re getting a bit more for your money!
• Once you’ve checked your list and made sure you haven’t forgotten anything, grab a small treat for when you get home as a reward, like a chocolate bar or some ice cream. With the promise of a treat like that, you’re less likely to buy other stuff that you hadn’t planned for!

When you get home
• Pack away everything as soon as you get home, as things may start to defrost or go off if you just leave them on the side and remember to keep your receipt in case you need to return anything!

My tips for living off campus/commuting

After nearly two years of commuting to the University of Essex, I know a few tips that I hope are helpful to students who either already commute, or are considering it.

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Travelling

Buses

I would highly recommend investing in a bus pass. They are around £160 for the whole year and cover the whole of Colchester and can get you to Wivenhoe. I travel on the bus every day and so would spend £160 on bus fare in around two and half months, so spending this for the whole year is a massive help for me financially.

Car park

If you live too far from University to get the bus, or just prefer to drive, it’s a great idea to get a car parking permit. There are two main types, the most comment is a ‘season ticket’, it costs £107 which includes an administration charge. This is all you need in order to park in the student car parks on campus. The other option is a general pass, it costs £23 as an administration fee and then 10p per hour, or 70p per day. This is a great option if you don’t need to come to University every day. Both tickets allow parking in any campus car park (excluding Edge Hotel School, Valley Road and North Towers barrier controlled parking and spaces marked ‘Visitor Pay and Display’).

Timing

Whether you get the bus or you drive, leave plenty of time for any unexpected delays, like your bus not turning up, or not being able to find a parking space! I always bring a pair of headphones along with me to help the journey go a bit more quickly. Reading a book on your journey is also a great idea, especially if you have some reading to do for lectures (I mean on the bus, please do not read and drive!)

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Eating

When you live off campus, you can’t just nip home and make yourself some lunch. Try and bring food in for yourself in a lunch box, it saves you a lot of money in the long run and also saves time going to the shop. If you do fancy hot food or a drink, then the Kitchen is great. The drinks are really cheap, all around £1.10 – £1.30 and their paninis and wraps are delicious.

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Studying

If you live far from campus, you probably won’t go home in breaks between your lectures. I try and use these breaks to study so I have less to do when I get home from University. I would recommend checking out the Silberrad centre, it’s become my new favourite place to study. It’s modern inside, has a beautiful view of the lake and is great for group work.

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General tips

As a general note, I would really recommend using a rucksack for University. You may not need to bring much in, but when you have to take two textbooks home to do reading your shoulders will thank you!

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7 ways to spring into step this Spring!

The start of the year saw everyone making new year’s resolutions, with determination to stick to them and achieve whatever they hoped for. As the long winter rolled on though, a lot of us didn’t manage to keep up with our resolutions and now we have to feel guilty about not going to the gym, or not doing as much work as we swore we would! However, the approach of Spring offers new hope and the chance for a fresh start. Here, I have 7 suggestions that will definitely get you re-started with your awesome plans for the year.

  1. Start your day with 5 minutes of simple stretching exercises.  This will undoubtedly help to improve flexibility and also lower stress levels.  By doing this, you’ll be ready to start your day.
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  2. Instead of coffee, try switching to a cup of green tea or your preferred herbal tea in a morning. It is going to be much easier on the stomach and by adding some slices of lemon, you are one step ahead from getting a cold.
  3. Stay away from sugar-based snacks and try out something different, like these delicious cocoa and peanut butter balls. You can make quite a big batch for the entire weak ahead and have them whenever you need a pick me up during the day. To get the recipe please follow this link.Cocoa balls
  4. If working out is one your goals for this year, then something to help you is to plan what you’re going to do and then write it down on your calendar.  It will be so satisfying to be able to tick it off an workout after completing it! But remember to start of small and then do more and more as you go along, you’ll be amazed at the difference to your fitness and how well you feel.
  5. There is a common saying that writing down your goals will help you remember them and also increase the likelihood of actually achieving them. Break your goals down into categories and underneath each one write something that you would like to achieve under that category. Here are some of the things I have written down for this part.Bianca's 2016 goals
  6. Drinking more water is one of those things that can be easily forgotten. Something to help you drink more during the day is to fill up 3-4 bottles of water. Drink one when you wake up, take one with you on the go and drink the rest when you get back home,  or refill as needed. Add some fruit to your water to add a little flavour.  Again, this will help your well being no end and will reduce cravings for unhealthy food!water with fruit
  7. Keep positive and remind yourself every day that you are capable of doing all those things you’ve got in mind and that you are going to achieve them!You can do it

Creating a theatre production for the Lakeside Theatre

At the University of Essex’s Lakeside Theatre, students are actively encouraged to bring their own theatrical projects to life. This is a brilliant opportunity for students to get creative, express themselves and create some great theatrical moments.

One of the main ways students can do this is by applying for a 2 night slot in the theatre’s studio space. Applications are open twice a year and there are spaces available for a limited amount of shows each term and on 9th and 10th February, me and a few of my friends from my course did just that, as we put together a production of Caryl Churchill’s play “A Number”.

The play explores a father’s desperate attempt to atone for treating his son badly in the past, by cloning him. However, this has causes a lot more problems than it solves. You can gather that it was quite an intense play, but we were able to pull it off and dedicate time to put it all together.

The show went really well and it was such a great experience to be a part of! It gave me the opportunity to put lots of skills that I have developed throughout my course into action and it also gave me an insight into what it’s like to work in the theatre industry, which wouldn’t have been possible without the Lakeside Theatre!

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Cast and crew of “A Number”

L-R (Top) Finn (director), me (producer/technician), Jack (director)

(Bottom) Sam (actor playing Bernard), Tom (actor playing Salter)

 

If you think putting on a show would be up your street, then here is an insight into how it all happened…

Applying and planning

It all started when my friends Finn and Jack asked me to be a part of the project. Finn had studied the play at A level and was itching to do a production of it at the University. We then decided that Jack and Finn would direct the production and that I would produce it and do all of the technical/behind the scenes work.

To begin with, we had to put together a proposal and put it forward. This had to stand out from all of the other applications and provide an interesting idea. It had to include details like what the play is and what interpretation we would give the play, how much money we would need for the performing rights and any props etc. Mostly quite boring, yet important bits and bobs! However, it got accepted and now all we needed to do was make it all happen…

Auditions

Once we had all our plans in place, we needed to get actors to actually be a part of the play. In the play, there are only 2 male characters, so we didn’t actually need to cast that many actors. In the end, we auditioned around 8 people for the play, but nevertheless, it was a very difficult decision to make.

After lots of talking and deliberation, we picked Tom and Sam to be our actors.

In rehearsals

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Once we had our actors, we had to got straight into rehearsals. As the show was being performed so early in the term, the directors only had three weeks to work with the actors to get the show right. Considering that we all had our course and other commitments to get on with as well as the show, it took a lot of dedication and hard work to make it work.

In rehearsals, the directors looked at bringing the text alive. This included investigating how the characters’ back story affects how that makes them feel and how that should best influence how they appear on stage.

Learning lines was another important part of the rehearsing. As the hour long show only has two actors, there were lots of lines that needed to be learnt. Remembering them took a lot of time and concentration, but Jack and Finn worked with the actors to make it as easy as possible.

Sam and Tom used several techniques to learn all of their lines. One technique consisted of finding different ways to connect all of the lines together in their heads. This meant that once they remembered one line, they were reminded of how it connected to the next line.

Producing

Whilst rehearsals were going on, it was my job to pull the show together, so that when rehearsals were finished, we had everything in place for the performances. I was in charge of all the behind the scenes stuff, like sorting out a rehearsal schedule, attending meetings with the theatre, finding props, sound effects, costume and set among lots of other stuff.

One of the biggest tasks with this production was creating the set. In our interpretation of the play, we set the piece in a living room but with a twist. The living room was on a raised platform and the edge of it was an underground train station platform. This was done through a ‘mind the gap’ sign on the floor and train tracks on the floor. Furthermore, these glowed in the dark during scene transitions.

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A shot taken during the dress rehearsal

This was to allude to the fact that in the play, Salter’s wife took her own life by jumping off the platform onto the train track. This fact is fundamental to the play’s storyline, as this is what drives Salter to start cloning his son. By having this as a constant image throughout the play, the audience is constantly reminded of the origins of Salter’s pitiful downfall.

Operating the technical bits

During performances of the production, my job was far from over. I was also in charge of running all of the lights and sound during the show, from the control booth at the back of the auditorium. I was quite nervous to begin with, as although I had been trained to use all of the equipment during a technical theatre module on my course, I had never operated the technical aspects of an actual production before. However, in the end I really enjoyed doing it. I’m normally the one acting on stage, so to be on the other side of a performance was a strange but rewarding experience.

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My view from the control booth

The result

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In the end, we all felt that the production went really well. Despite the time restraints we were put under, we managed to pull everything together and I think we all created something really special. Don’t just take my word for it as well, the production got very kindly, positively reviewed by “A younger theatre”.

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I’m really glad that I got involved in the project and I’ve learned a lot from it, as have the rest of the cast and crew. I would definitely recommend anyone interested to take up the opportunity of putting on a show. It’s a brilliant experience and an opportunity that won’t necessarily be available at other theatres. I guess our campus is just that good! ; )

How to keep going, when the going gets tough at University

As the end of my three year degree at this university is approaching, I really wanted to share with you all what has kept me going during the times where I have felt stressed and lonely, the times where I have felt that things are getting on top of me.

It is natural for us all to feel like this at some point during our time at university, but what’s important is that we have our individual ways of getting through the difficult times. It’s good for us to have our things that keep us going, so in case you aren’t sure what works for you, here are a few of mine:

Calling home

This is something that I find really effective when I am feeling down and need a boost. Being the second child in my family to go to university, my mother knew way before I did that I would be calling up in tears sometimes, not knowing what to do or how to deal with all the different things going on. She has always dealt with these phone calls wonderfully, letting me talk first about everything going on so I can get it out of my system and then she’ll give me a couple of pointers and spend the rest of the call telling me all about what our budgies got up to that day and telling me some funny stories about my sister to try and cheer me up. It is always a relief knowing that no matter how down I am, that happiness is only a phone call away and it’s little home comforts like that that make stressful times bearable.

Weekly socials

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Joining societies and sports clubs is something that has been key for me over these few years. Weekly socials are something that really keep me going at uni; after a stressful week of deadlines and revision, nothing helps me unwind more than spending time with friends at a social. Whether its having a drink, going for a meal, playing pool or going on a night out, spending a bit of time once a week with people I love hanging out with does wonders in helping all the stress disappear.

Me time!

One of the important things that many people don’t realise when they go to uni, is that you don’t have to be spend every single minute either studying or hanging out with friends. Having some time to yourself now and again is allowed and it’s good for you! When I first started at uni, I never took any time out for myself, I was either working or socialising and eventually it really drained me. I came back in second year determined to not let that happen again, so I started taking some time out each week just for me. I went out and treated myself to my favourite cake, or I stayed in and learnt how to cook something new. Sometimes even just staying in bed watching some T.V on my laptop can make me feel so much more relaxed. I have learnt to enjoy my own company and not just reply on everyone else to make me happy and that is so important for people to do.

So here was just a few things that keep me going when I’m stressed out and feeling down at uni. If you are feeling like this, then why not give one of these a go? (Or all of them!)

Do you have something that keeps you going when you are feeling stressed or down? Then share it with me by commenting below!

Making the most of opportunities at University

Juggling your course, social life and a part time job can be tough when you’re at university. This makes it hard to find time to fit in other opportunities that the University of Essex has to offer. I have to admit that in my first year I just focused on my course and part time job and didn’t really ever stop and think about what else the was available to me. So, I’ve made a list of the opportunities and activities that I think are easy to fit in to university life and also can look great on your CV. After all, you’re paying for these with your tuition fees, so you may as well make the most of them!

Check CareerHub

CareerHub is an amazing place to look for opportunities and events. Until this year, I thought it was just for searching for jobs, but I was really wrong! The events section is filled with talks, classes and drop ins that will teach you useful skills and make you even more employable. The best part is that as student you are able to sign up for all of them for free.

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Big Essex award

On the CareerHub website, you can also sign up for the Big Essex Award and it’s really quick and easy to register for. Due to working part time, I already had completed the bronze level activity of the award and just had to attend a workshop and fill in a short evaluation to achieve this.

Take a look at Sam’s post to find out more about the Big Essex Award.

Events

Being part of such an international University means you get to experience a wide variety of events that you may never have had the chance to experience otherwise. From Chinese New Year, to the Holi Festival Of Colours, the University puts on fantastic events that you are able to get involved in, all of which are really accessible when you’re at University. You don’t want to end up regretting not attending them after you graduate, so have a look to see what interests you!

Keep up to date with which events are coming up here.

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Think about work experience

It’s a great idea to gain some work experience whilst studying at University. There are lots of different resources available to you whilst you study at the University of Essex, such as joining VTeam to take part in volunteering projects and Frontrunner placements to gain some graduate level skills.

Take a look at my blog post on how to search for internships for more options on finding work experience.

Societies

Joining a society is something everyone recommends when you come to University and I have to admit that it is something I haven’t done. All of my friends who are in societies absolutely love it and it’s a great way to make new friends and try something new. You can find out all about the societies at The University of Essex here.

Cinema

Cine10 is the on campus cinema that’s really affordable and shows some of the latest releases. It’s located in LTB10 and you can buy tickets online for around £3.50 – a great price for films that have just come out! Tickets are only available for students, so make sure to go at least once before you graduate.

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The scary thing about University is that, for most people, it’s just 3 years of your life. In the whole scheme of things that’s such a short amount of time (even though it feels like I have been at University forever – in a good way). So you really do have to make the most of it whilst you’re here! I hope this post has made you more aware of some of the opportunities that the University has to offer and encouraged you to get more out of your Essex experience!

Coping with Stress

It’s a week before I have to hand in my dissertation and I’m quite worried about making it the best piece of work I can, as it will be the last piece of coursework I do in my undergraduate degree!  This has got me thinking about stress – what is it and how do we cope with it?

A work-life balance is a very important part of university life (as well as adult life in general); we need to know what makes us happy and what we find enjoyable compared to the times we’re having to do work.  In other words, we need to know how to de-stress.

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So what is stress and why does it happen?  

Personally I feel that stress depends on so many factors, some easier to adjust to than others. The reason I say this is because some days EVERYTHING will irritate me, whereas other days I’m much more tolerant, which just shows that it depends on various other factors, like amount of sleep, food intake, type of food intake (e.g. junk food), hormones, lack of exercise, social factors (e.g. family problems, friend problems etc.), illness…the list goes on!

How can you reduce your stress levels?  

Well apart from making the standard lifestyle changes such as improving your diet, exercising more, getting more sleep etc., it’s also really important to know your own personal way to help yourself de-stress!  In other words, what works for one person may not work for another. A while ago, I decided to write a list of all the things that make me happy (whether I’m feeling sad or stressed) and below are some of the things I came up with:

  • Spending time with friends and/or family (including phone calls)
  • Listening to music
  • Watching TV/films
  • Reading books
  • Going on long walks
  • Eating unhealthy foods (although this is usually followed by guilt!)
  • Helping other people (e.g. volunteering, care work etc.)
  • Going out with friends
  • Taking long baths (really wish I had a bath at uni…)
  • Cheerleading
  • Colouring in (so glad adult colouring books were invented!)

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I’ve also noticed I’m usually so much calmer when I have a tidy room and when I take the extra time in the morning to actually eat breakfast and wear make up, as opposed to the usual messy room and waking up 15 minutes before I need to leave the flat because I snoozed my alarm about 500 times!! So, I advise that you too take the time to work out what makes you feel a bit more cheerful, so you know what to do when it all gets too much.

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That being said, just because you’re not feeling stressed or sad right now doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t do the things you enjoy.  I think it’s really important to get some “me time” each day to promote good overall well being – trust me you will feel better for it!  I’m pretty sure that the reason I’m stressed today is because I’ve had 5 minutes to myself since 8:45am and I know I still can’t stop working until later in the day! So, to help avoid getting stressed to begin with, make sure your timetable some free time in for yourself, to relax, have fun and make the most of being at uni!

I hope you find this post useful 🙂

Shannon

5 Reasons to Study Abroad

The prospect of studying abroad can be a little daunting for everyone. No matter how confident someone may seem on the outside, moving to an entirely different country is certainly a scary prospect and everyone is as nervous . That said, it’s also incredibly exciting and since the University of Essex allows you to study abroad for a year at no extra cost, I believe the following reasons make this opportunity one that should not be missed!

  • Different style of Education

When studying abroad, you are able to study a wider variety of modules that they do not offer at your home university. For example, in Melbourne I chose to study Fashion Merchandising Marketing, which wasn’t an option for me at home. This can help to widen your knowledge of the industry you wish to work in in the future.

  • See more of the world

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to explore a whole new country. If you have any breaks during the term or summer holidays, then it is a great opportunity to travel. There are usually great student deals around and the university you are studying at may even offer day trips at a cheaper price. I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel all around Australia, having some amazing experiences along the way.

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  • Learn about a new culture

Living somewhere completely new for a year gives you a great insight into a different culture. You come to learn new words that you haven’t heard before; no one in Australia had a clue what I was talking about when I said the word ‘hoover’! You are also going to meet other exchange or Study Abroad students from around the world, so not only do you learn about the culture of the country you are studying, but also others from around the world!

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  • Improve your employment opportunities

Studying abroad shows that you can be independent and are willing to explore and willing to learn. This is not just a fantastic opportunity, but an excellent achievement to have on your CV. You may even find job opportunities where you are studying and return once you have graduated!

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  • Make friends from around the world

Studying abroad gives you the chance to build networks and relationships across the globe. I have made friends from places such as Australia, America, Mexico and Spain. I have already made plans to visit some of them this summer!

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I would totally recommend studying abroad; there are so many advantages to it! If you have any more queries about studying abroad then I have written many other blogs about my exchange experience on the ‘I am Essex’ blog page 🙂

New student nurse vlog

If you are contemplating studying nursing at university, or if you are already a student nurse, then Bev and Nicki’s new vlog will give you the helping hand you need to see how other student nurses handle the stresses and pressures of this course. With their very unique approach, the two girls have set up a vlog filled with helpful information and guidance, as well as lots of humour (and dancing)!

No matter what your stage of study, these girls are offering their honest insight into the world of nursing and its ever-changing challenges.

We caught up with the girls to ask them a couple of questions about their course and their new vlog project.

What inspired you to do nursing?

For me, it was the broad possibilities of different types of nursing that attracted me to do adult nursing in particular. This career path means I can travel and work anywhere in the world, doing what I love; cruise ships, the army, the NHS or private hospitals etc. You don’t really get many jobs like that.

What made you start this vlog? What are you hoping to achieve with it?

We started the vlog, because going into this course we had no idea what to expect. They do warn you at the interview stage how difficult and fast the course is, but for us, we realised that our whole lives had to change in order to do this. Leaving our jobs, moving to a different city, readjusting again to everything new. It’s scary and exciting! So, we just wanted to make sure other new nurses could see what it’s like and what they might have to do.

If you could give one piece of advice to anyone considering doing nursing now, or anyone starting out this year, what would it be?

Be sure this is what you want to do. It’s an amazing course that will change you, if you give 100% in everything. It’s tough, really tough, but the experience overrides all negatives. Being open minded is a must as well and be willing to learn in different ways, because there’s no one way to learn, it’s really diverse. I love it.

 

Essentials for living off campus

By now, the vast majority of current students will have sorted out their accommodation for the upcoming academic year, which is a very exciting time. Lots of first year students will be taking the leap and living off campus for the first time!

If you’ve been living on campus this year, then you’ll be used to your accommodation being only a few minutes away from the centre of campus. This is incredibly convenient if you want to go back to your room for a few hours between classes, or make some lunch before you get back to studying (or to roll out of bed ten minutes before your lecture..!) However, living off campus is a lot different. You often have to spend hours on campus between classes, which can be difficult to get used to if you’ve always lived on campus.

So, here’s a few things you might want to consider when you make the switch…

Earphones

Of course, if you’re walking to campus with a friend then it’s is the perfect opportunity for a good catch up and a natter. However, if you’re walking alone, then a pair of earphones can make your daily commute to campus go by so much quicker. There’s only a limited amount of times that you can walk the same route every day without it driving you mad, so I find that some music mixes it up a little! Earphones are particularly good, as you can just wind them up and slip them into your pocket during the day!

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Coat

If you’re walking to campus, then a good coat is an absolute must. Especially at the moment, with the weather being so cold, it can be a good investment to make. If you live in the Towers or South Courts, then you can often survive the 2 minutes to your class without one. However, if you don’t wear one living off campus, you’ll probably freeze 😉

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Other types of transport

If you’re lucky enough to have a car, then it might be worth using it to travel to campus. Although you’ll have to get a permit to park on campus, it might be well worth it for convenience. Permits only cost £23 and once you have one, you only have to pay 10p an hour or 70p a day for your parking! Having a car is also useful if you travel into town a lot and it’s brilliant for when you do your food shopping. It can easily become quite expensive to run considering costs such as petrol, insurance and maintenance, so do have a think as to whether you would use it!

If not, it’s well worth checking out getting a bus pass. Students actually get a discount on bus passes from First buses if you can’t drive. These are annual buses that allow unlimited travel around Colchester. If you’re interested, then they are available to buy from the Burrow! However, do think about whether you would use it or not. It’s quite an investment to make and if you’re not going to use it much then there’s no point!

You could also get a bike for a more cost effective way of getting to campus. There’s loads of places around campus to lock up your bike and there are also some cycle paths in the area. If you’re looking to get a bike then a bike stall comes to Square 5 on the Colchester campus every week. Just don’t forget your helmet!

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Portable charger

If you’ve got to stay on campus for a long time during the day, then it’s almost inevitable, in this day and age, that your phone will at some point run out of battery. Therefore, it can be really useful to keep a portable charger in your bag to prevent you begging for a charger from one of your mates! Also, if you’ve forgotten to charge your phone the night before, then this can be a lifesaver!

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(Source: http://www.igeeksblog.com/best-iphone-power-banks/)

Lunchbox

Especially if you’ve got a break from classes that covers lunchtime, a lunchbox can be a really good way to save lots of money and time. I find on average that I can easily spend £5 a day on lunch if I’m on campus, which can easily add up. Whether you make some sandwiches in the morning, or have some leftovers from the night before, you could seriously save a lot of money by bringing your lunch with you.

Water bottle

Like, a lunchbox, a water bottle can be a really good way to save money. There’s tap water available on the bar in the SU bar and there are water fountains in the Silberrad student centre.

(Source: http://www.drinkingwaterfountains.co.uk/2014/10/21/identifying-best-drinking-fountains-facility/)

 

I hope that this has all helped and that it’ll make living off of campus that bit easier 🙂