Here at Scotcampus we know that student life can be expensive sometimes, but we also know that there’s nothing worse than living in a shell of a student flat. Our top 10 home accessories all come in at under £10, enabling you to create that homey vibe, without breaking the bank.
By Maxine Todd
Leaving school and moving on to university is an exciting yet daunting experience for anyone. Meeting new people, leaving some behind, and possibly even leaving your hometown for a new city: it’s a time of many changes in your life. After deciding what course to do and which unis will allow you to do it, it’s time to work out where and with whom you’re going to live.
Making the decision of where to live whilst studying is an important factor of student life and there are so many options to choose from, it’s a minefield! Do you live close enough to your chosen university to stay at home with your parents, or would you rather experience student halls? Could you rent your own flat or are your parents in the fortunate position to be able to buy you an apartment? Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose wisely, as where you live can totally impact on how you live.
Staying at Home
Having stayed at home for my first year of university, I can safely say that it provides a much easier life. Coming home to a cooked meal and a fridge full of snacks every night, having your parents do all the cleaning and washing up, and most importantly not having to pay any rent or bills.
Although it might be easier easier to live at home, it means being dependent on your parents, and having to put up with their nagging. You can’t do what you want, when you want and you have to clean up when you’re told to. For most people living at home also means travelling a fair distance to get to uni in the morning and to get home from nights out (unless you’re lucky enough to stay close to the city centre), therefore it can make you feel secluded from the student lifestyle of living in halls or a flat and rolling home at stupid o’clock.
If you don’t want to pay for your own food, rent or bills, and don’t mind nagging parents, then staying at home whilst at university is definitely for you.
Living In Halls
Living in halls is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone. Private student accommodation, from the likes of Victoria Halls, IQ Accommodation or Fresh Student Living, allows you to meet people studying at a wide range of unis, from diverse backgrounds. Their central locations mean you are only ever a short walk away from your university and all the city’s facilities, shops and nightlife. Like private halls, uni specific halls are also only a stones throw away from the campus, meaning you can roll out of bed five minutes before your lecture and still make it on time.
The heating, electricity and internet are all included in your rent, so there is only one monthly or weekly payment, meaning less stress of organising finances. However, halls can be costly and can put a financial strain on both students and their parents. If you prefer your own company (or don’t like the people you are living with) life could become difficult, therefore halls aren’t always for everyone.
However, halls do provide a friendly, multicultural atmosphere, and are the perfect place to live if you’re an outgoing person looking to make new friends and have a good time whilst studying.
Renting A Flat
Renting your own flat is a great way to start off your independent, adult life. Living in a flat right now, I can say from my own experience that it gives you such a sense of freedom. Being responsible for your own shopping, cooking and cleaning, although at times annoying, sets you up for the real world and forces you to grow up a lot. One of the best perks of living in a flat is getting to choose who you live with (NOT PARENTS) and living with your best friend can be a lot of fun.
The downside to renting a flat is, of course, rent and bills. Money which would usually be spent on clothes or going out now has to be put towards rent, which is quite a shock to the system at first, but totally worth it. Being students also means we get help from SAAS and don’t pay tax (yay!).
If you’re really nice to your parents you might be lucky enough to have them buy a flat for you (although they may ask for some rent). This comes with all of the same benefits as renting a flat and you might even get discounted rent for knowing the landlords. As your parents won’t be looking to make a profit from you and your flatmates (unless they’re really mean) this means that the cost of rent will be much lower than that of a letting agency. Basically, you get to live away from home and get all the perks that come with it, just for much cheaper.
The downside to living in a flat bought by your parents is that you could feel that you are still dependant on them and have less freedom than you would have renting off any other landlord or agency. Also, they own the place, meaning they are allowed to check up on it at anytime…
So you’re living away from home for the first time. You either can’t be bothered cooking or you don’t know how to. NEVER FEAR DEAR FRESHER! Scotcampus are here with three easy as pie (no pun intended) recipes that are quick, tasty and won’t cost you an evening’s drinking money to create – just an added bonus…
700ml full fat milk
1 onion, peeled and halved
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 bay leaf
5g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
50g plain flour
175g mature cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon English mustard
50g parmesan, grated
50g coarse white breadcrumbs
1. In a small pan, warm the milk, onion, garlic and bay leaf until almost boiling. Remove from the heat, leave covered to infuse for 10 mins, then strain. Cook the macaroni according to pack instructions until al dente. This will take about 10 mins. Drain in a colander, then run under the tap and stir to stop the pasta sticking together.
2. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and butter a (roughly) 25 x 18cm ovenproof dish. Melt the butter in the medium pan. When foaming, add the flour, then cook, stirring constantly, for 1 min on a low heat.
3. Slowly stir the warm infused milk into the butter and flour mixture until smooth. Simmer for 3-4 mins, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened and has a coating consistency (run your finger through the sauce on a spoon – it should leave a trail). Remove the pan from the heat, then add the cheddar and mustard powder. Season, then stir until the cheese has melted.
4. Mix the cheese sauce through the macaroni to coat it well, then tip into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the parmesan and breadcrumbs over the top, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown and bubbling. Serve piping hot.
1 8-inch flour tortilla
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
3 tablespoons grated cheese
3 tablespoons drained canned diced pineapple in juice
1. Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place tortilla on a medium non-stick baking sheet and bake for 2 to 4 minutes per side until crisp. If air bubbles form while baking, poke them with a fork, then use a spatula or oven glove to carefully press the air out.
2. Remove from oven and top evenly with sauce, cheese and pineapple.
3. Bake pizza for 2 to 4 minutes longer until cheese is completely melted and serve.
1 chicken breast, cut into strips
1 tablespoon oil to fry
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 red or green pepper, sliced thinly
4 mushrooms, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon tomato purée
4 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon chilli flakes or chilli powder
4 tortilla wraps
1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onions and garlic. Fry for 3–4 minutes. Add the chicken pieces and fry until cooked through. Then add the peppers and the mushrooms.
2. Add the tomato purée, water and the chilli, stir well and cook for a further 2 minutes to allow the flavours to mix.
3. Divide among the 4 wraps and add the toppings of your choice – perhaps a little salad, grated cheese, refried beans, sour cream, salsa or guacamole?
Many thanks to those cool kids at SAE Institute Glasgow, who kindly made this video of the Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival 2012.
SAE is the largest worldwide private school for Audio Engineering, Digital Film & Media, providing practical courses for students in Glasgow at their Portman Street campus.
For more information about SAE check out www.sae.edu, otherwise enjoy the film!
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We’d just like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who contributed towards making this year’s Freshers’ Festival our best yet.
From our amazing exhibitors and their never-ending supply of freebies, to the DJs, security staff and our volunteers from City of Glasgow College, we couldn’t be more grateful for the hard work demonstrated across the event.
Most importantly, we’d like to thank those of you who came into town on your day off, ran down from uni at lunchtime or ditched classes altogether (not that we’re condoning truancy…) to come to our Freshers’ Festival. Over 12,000 of you helped consume more than forty kilos of Pinto’s spicy beef, demanded more free pizza than Pizza Hut and Di Maggios put together could possibly make, kept Rainbow Room International scissor happy for two days straight and expressed your love of vodka with those crazy cats from Revolution.
Having finally recovered from our Red Bull hangovers, we’re hard at work planning our next major event, the Futures Fest. Until then, a massive thank you from everyone at Scotcampus, and we’ll see you next year!
Whether you’re a Scottish student who knows the country’s best pubs and clubs, or a newcomer to our wet and windy shores, you’re sure to find plenty of student-friendly attractions in our new online city guide.
Our guide will bring you the best bars, clubs, pubs, shops and venues in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
As it grows you’ll not only be able to find what you want on our handy street map, you’ll also be able to grab great deals which will help you plan exactly where to venture when you hit the streets looking for inexpensive entertainment.
Easy to use and multi-functional, the guide allows you to search for exactly what you want. Looking for a traditional pub in Aberdeen? You’ll find one. Keen to see which of Glasgow’s clubs is the hottest? No problem. After a quirky boutique in Edinburgh? You’ll find loads.
The Scotcampus city guide is aimed squarely at all sorts of students, so whether you’re happiest listening to live music or spending your student loan in the most fashionable high street outlets there’ll be something for you.
As well as being an invaluable resource for those keen to get the most out of their university town, it’s also a handy tool for planning those cross-country weekends away with friends.
See the Scotcampus City Guide here and get to know what’s happening in your city during Freshers’ Week and beyond.
Image: Gabrielle Geiselman/Shutterstock
Motel Rocks is the destination for girls that want the freshest, hottest prints in a style to suit them! Motel design all styles in-house for the most unique prints cut into playsuits, tops, dresses and famous Jordan Jeans. The new collection is full of incredible florals and metallics, and also the arrival of the first Motel faux leather jackets.
To celebrate the start of the new semester, Motel are offering one lucky Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival fan the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at MotelRocks.com!
To enter answer the following question:
What is the name of Motel’s best selling line of jeans?
Email your answer, email address and mobile number to [email protected] before the 30th of September.
Additionally, Motel are offering readers 20% off all full price items at MotelRocks.com. Just enter the code SCOTCAMPUS at the checkout to claim your discount (valid until 31st October).
We’re delighted to announce that Superior Model Management, one of the UK’s hottest modelling agencies, will be sending scouts down to the Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival this year.
They’ll be joining us on both days to check out whether any of you guys or girls have the look, style and individuality to make it as a top model.
One lucky individual will even be awarded a year’s contract with Superior.
Think you’ve got what it takes?
Then make sure you dress to impress when you hit Glasgow’s George Square this September the 27th and 28th.
Free drinks samples have always been one of the key aspects of the Scotcampus Freshers’ Festivals and this year one of the world’s biggest has decided to get involved.
We’ve teamed up with Red Bull to ensure that those who head along to Glasgow’s George Square for our two-day event are kept refreshed and revitalised.
You can find the Red Bull guys inside our event marquee on both days, so whether you’re a fan already, or want to know what the fuss is about you’ll get plenty of opportunity to enjoy their drinks at our Freshers’ Festival.
To find out how you can beat the queue and get straight into the Freshers’ Festival keep an eye on this website for details.
We’re putting the final preparations in place for our George Square Freshers’ Festival but we have one important thing still to sort out.
We’re looking for a dedicated PR team to help promote the event to colleges and universities in and around Glasgow. Working over six weeks to our promotional timetable we need a PR coordinator to head up the team as well as a couple of additional reps to support our activities.
If you’re enthusiastic, hard working and enjoy meeting new people this could be the perfect job for you.
If you’re interested in the role and want more information, or want to apply right away, email [email protected].
Successful candidates may also be given the opportunity to work with our team on future projects.