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Things to do in London for a tenner or less

Who says you can’t have fun on a budget? London is expensive, but there’s still tons of great activities that won’t hurt your wallet. No matter what you’re after — whether it’s a cultural experience, a good film or just a great place to eat, there’s an affordable alternative for everyone.


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Since opening its doors to Londoners in 1994, Peckhamplex has been a popular venue for film lovers everywhere. At just £4.99 you can catch a range of mainstream, vintage, independent, arthouse and international films every day. There are also frequent special events including concert films, theatre productions and Q&A sessions with directors, actors and special guests so there’s something for everyone. The snacks are fairly priced too.


Peckhamplex 95a Rye Lane, Peckham London SE15 4ST


London Nights

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The Museum of London invites you to take a look at London after dark through the eyes of 60 photographers. The London Nights exhibition showcases over 200 photographs reaching as far back as the late 19th century and entering our present day, all connected by the theme of nightlife. You’ll also get a chance to experience a series of film screenings, masterclasses, workshops and talks surrounding the exhibition as part of the Museum’s collaboration with the British Journal of Photography.

11 May – 11 November 2018

£8 – £9.60. Concessions available.

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN


Pop Farm Urban Gardening

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Join Pop Brixton’s urban gardening community each Thursday to learn new skills in cultivation. There’s a chance to plant, harvest and sow seeds from a wide range of edible plants, and you can even take some cuttings home to start your own little domestic greenhouse. There’s no need to bring tools either, as they’re all provided on site.   


Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ


Changing of the Guards

As one of the most attended free events in the city, the Changing of the Guard captures the essence of British identity for visitors and London locals alike. You can witness this event for yourself at Buckingham Palace for free at 11am sharp, but it’s recommended you get there at least an hour early to get a good view, as it can get packed very quickly.   


Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA


Southbank Undercroft

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It’s an exciting time to visit the Southbank Undercroft. The capital’s iconic street spot for skaters and graffiti artists is undergoing its most exciting transformation with the opening of restored skate space. Designed to expand the free creative space in the South Bank area, the Undercroft will include new locations for BMX biking and graffiti writing, as well as the restoration of the much loved wooden ledge and flatground. So grab your skateboard or watch some of London’s best local and international talent turn some daring tricks.


Southbank Undercroft, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XZ


Rough Trade

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Aside from providing some of London’s best music records since 1976, Rough Trade also serves as a cultural hub for music fans of all genres. Each month, the iconic record store puts on a string of in-store performances, events and signings across both their East and West London locations.You can catch some of these gigs for £5 or less. The cheaper or free in-store gigs tend to come from up and coming indie artists, so if you’re in the mood to support emerging talent, head over to one of their locations for some refreshing new music.

Check website for prices.

Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery 91, Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

Rough Trade West, 130 Talbot Rd, London W11 1JA


Urban Street Art Tours

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Urban Street Art Tours takes you down the colourful streets of Shoreditch to witness some of the best street art in the city. From local talent to those who have made a name for themselves with their signature work like Banksy, Shepard Fairey (the creator of OBEY), Connor Harrington and more, this vibrant tour proves why Shoreditch remains one of London’s most creative communities.


Urban Street Art Tours, 160 Brick Lane, Frame Land, London E1 6RU


East End Vintage Clothing

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Want to add some flare to your wardrobe without breaking the bank? East End Vintage in Mile End stocks a range of vintage apparel ranging from the 20s all the way to the 90s from as little as £1. They also hold weekend sales where you can fill up a medium sized bag with vintage goodies for a £10, just add an extra tenner if you want a larger bag.


East End Vintage Clothing, Railway Arch, 452 Huddart St, London E3 4AT


Groove School

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These adult lunchtime sessions by Pop Brixton’s resident Groove School teaches you DJing and music production skills through multiple classes hosted every Tuesday to Friday at Pop Brixton. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book your slot before they run out.


Every Tuesday and Wednesday

Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ


Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum

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Make friends with hundreds of live butterflies at The Natural History Museum’s tropical butterfly house. Boasting a huge variety of butterflies that are ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas, this enchanting exhibition will have you feeling like a child again.


29 March – 16 September 2018

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD


Notting Hill Carnival

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This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the largest street festival in Europe. Last year an estimated 2 million festival goers from the UK and around the globe travelled to West London to experience the carnival’s vibrant spectacle of street performances, mouth watering food and celebration of London’s rich Caribbean community. While it’s free to take part in the carnival festivities, be sure to bring some cash with you for food, drinks and the like. Trust us, you wouldn’t want to miss out.

26 – 27 August 2018  


Cereal Killer Cafe

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The Cereal Killer Cafe is London’s answer to those who want Rice Krispies at 3pm without judgement. If you visit one of the cafe’s two locations in either Brick Lane of Camden Market, you’ll immediately be transported to your childhood with the nostalgic decor, child sized beds that double as seats and a selection of cereals that adulthood forgot. You can expect a serving of peculiar breakfast themed meals too, from cheerio coated risotto, to cornflake fried chicken and bran flake coated fries.

Up to £5

Brick Lane, 192a Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA

Mezz 2, Camden Stable Market, Chalk farm road, London, NW1 8AH


Museum of Tea

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As London’s oldest remaining tea house established 300 years ago, the Twinings flagship store is rich with history. It’s the place where Earl Grey tea was invented, named after Prime Minister Earl Grey. At the Twinings small museum, you can view the first Royal Warrant signed by Queen Victoria 200 years ago and a wider collection of historical memorabilia including original paintings of the Twinings founders. The shop itself stocks a range of premium teas from around the world, its own freshly ground coffee, tea tasting sessions, workshops and tons of tea accessories and teaware.

Up to £10

Twinings, 216 Strand, London WC2R 1AP,

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Why You Can’t Miss Freshers’ Festival This Year

For over a decade, students across Scotland have been flocking to Freshers’ Festival to fill their buckets and bellies with freebies and discounts, and revel in a two-day long event featuring Glasgow’s best clubs, pubs, eateries, music, accommodation and more!

And this year is definitely no different. In fact, you eager freshers are in for a real treat – with the chance to get your mitts on goodies from the coolest brands in the city and get involved in the fiercest attractions we’ve ever laid our eyes on. So make sure to get yourself along to George Square, 20th and 21st September, grab FREE VIP tickets and bring along pals for what will be the highlight of your student experience.

Keen to know more? From beauty samples and gym memberships, to club nights, microbreweries and movies (oh and heaps of free grub) here are just some of the reasons why you can’t miss Freshers’ Festival this year – you’re welcome!


Experience Glasgow’s Best Nightlife       

Whether you’re a newbie in town or always game for a party, for two days only, Freshers’ Festival will be home to the best nightlife in the city, offering discounts on drinks, events, club nights and more. If your music of choice means headbangin’ til the wee hours, then you’ll be delighted to hear metal and indie heroes Cathouse, Firewater and Garage will be in attendance at the fest.

If you prefer pop, hip hop and dance, then make way for O2 ABC, Subclub, Bamboo KOKOMO, AXM, Light, The Buff Club and The Shed. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also get to chat to Drygate Brewing Co., Shilling Brewing Co., Revolution, The Social and Driftwood for money off pints and cocktails. Sláinte!


Grab Delicious Grub & Fresh Coffee

From Mexican nosh and Indian delights to Sushi and pizza – we cater for everyone. Come and nab free samples from the likes of McIntosh Mac n’ Cheese, Chaakoo, Barburrito, Topolabamba, Yo Sushi, Bar Soba and Ad Lib. Don’t forget there’ll also be FREE pizza from cheesy kings Papa John’s as well as offers from Just Eat and fresh coffee tastings from Gordon Street Coffee.


Polish Up Your CV With Jobs & Opportunities

This student malarkey can sometimes be expensive, with hefty textbooks to buy and weekly pizza allowances to aid those all nighters in the library. So if you’re looking for a chance to expand your experience in professional realms as well as earn some cash, then we’ll have both summer and term-time opportunities from a diverse range of industries including Americamp, Frontier, Royal Maritime Reserves and SecuriGroup, offering work across oceans and in some of Scotland’s most exciting venues.


Improve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing  

If you’re a gym bunny who loves nothing more than working up a sweat guzzling protein shakes, then you’ll be psyched to know you’re in for the chance to slice down the price of your monthly gym memberships with offers and discounts from Anytime Fitness, Sweat! Union and Xercise4Less. There’ll also be tonnes of opportunities to chat to professionals from NHS and Police Scotland about health and safety issues to put anxious minds at ease during freshers week.


Be A La Mode With The Latest Beauty & Fashion

Being a student doesn’t mean you have to forgo being in style, even if your student loan only permits occasional shopping sprees. Whatever your beauty requirements, we have your back. Mohair will be offering free hair cuts for guys and Volume Style Bar are shaking up their mousse and giving gals free braiding and curls, party make up and face glitter! You’ll also get to experience Sally Salon Services and browse gorgeous frames from spectacle queens IOLLA.


Get Involved With Shopping, Accommodation & Entertainment

As well as some of the most exciting and eclectic activities and entertainment in the city, from movie marathons with Cineworld, bowling with Hollywood Bowl and climbing with The Climbing Academy to old school Laser Quest games and even tattoos with Forevermore, we’ve got top accommodation and means of kitting out your new student pad. Get your hands on gorgeous rooms with Fresh Student Living and Euro Hostel or become a budget interior designer with Flying Tiger and IKEA! For all things Glasgow, including culture, food and a heavy dose of banter, head on over to our partners at GlasgowLiving and don’t forget to swing by their stall.


Satisfy Wanderlust With Travel & Tech

If you’re partial to the odd adventure and you love discovering new places, hop aboard with our pals at Citylink, Glasgow Taxis, Happy Bus, McGills and Glasgow Subway and scoop up Wi-Fi on the way with KILTR to relish the best of Scotland’s scenery and urban happenings while saving money in the process. And if you haven’t already, remember to download yada, the Freshers’ Festival official app to keep up to date with upcoming events and entertainment. You can also say cheese at the yada stall with their photo booth and face painters and have a boogie with their very own DJ.


Think you can handle the best fiesta in the land? Pick up FREE VIP tickets and take a peek at more upcoming events at the Freshers Fringe. You can also get involved in our chat over on Facebook and Twitter.

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Scotland’s 6 Best Millennial Bloggers & Vloggers

Home to the likes of J.K Rowling, Irvine Welsh and Robert Louis Stevenson, Scotland is a pioneer in the wizardry of the wordsmith and the landscape of global literature.

And since the digital age has brought with it the Kindle, iBooks and heaps of online access to poetry and short story archives, it’s time to turn to the writers governing the tummies, shoe collections and minds of the nation’s young folk.

So whether you’re keen on recipes and nutritional advice or ways to style your beard, we give you Scotland’s six of our favourite (and in our opinion best) millennial bloggers and vloggers.

Scottish Food Blogger

Girl Versus Food


Offering detailed and relatable reviews, tasty recipes and commentary on Scotland’s food and drink scene, Girl Versus Food encapsulates the nation’s love for a good munch, passionately exploring eateries and events from the perspective of a self-proclaimed former fussy eater. A great read if you’re unsure about forking out a chunk of your SAAS to visit a new local restaurant and want some trusted opinions.

Lifestyle Blogger

Little Blog of Horrors  

Having been featured widely across the press since the blog’s birth seven years ago, Little Blog of Horrors is an endearing and inspiring celebration of fashion, beauty and lifestyle in Scotland, with must-try DIY’s, travel features, fashion advice and make-up and tattoo tips, peppered with anecdotes and a heavy dose of banter.

 Scottish Makeup Influencer

Jamie Genevieve 

As a full time Social Media Influencer, with nearly half a million subscribers on YouTube and over 800 thousand followers on Instagram, Jamie is a leading beauty icon around the world, focussing on make-up tutorials and skin care advice with a Scottish twang.

Scottish Music Blog

Rave Child

Founded by Iain Dawson, Rave Child dissects the nation’s music scene to uncover raw talent beneath the mainstream surface, with live reviews and gig recommendations. The ideal read for discovering fresh talent and keeping up with the unique and eclectic corners of Scotland’s soundscapes.

 Men’s Fashion and Lifestyle YouTuber

Man for Himself


Since fashion blogs for men aren’t as prevalent as those run by female fashionistas, Man for Himself is a refreshing take on male fashion, showcasing advice on grooming and style, from accessories footwear and fragrances to outfits and even underwear. Robin James, the voice behind the blog, offers YouTube videos with discussions on fashion and grooming as well as exploring issues in the millennial zeitgeist.

Scottish Fashion PR & Lifestyle Blogger

Foreveryours Betty 

With vibrant tangerine branding and even brighter hair, Foreveryours Betty covers city guides, fashion and beauty tips and even valuable advice on women in business. Her down-to-earth, can-do attitude is both inspiring and humbling.

Do you have a fave millennial blogger? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. Or if you’re keen to meet other like-minded folks keen on digital reads, grab a ticket to this year’s Freshers’ Festival.

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Grab Glasgow’s No.1 Freshers Wristband!

As the new academic year rolls around once again, both seasoned students and the eager newbies alike don their glad rags and hit the town to join much anticipated freshers celebrations. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be psyched to get your mitts on heaps of freebies and boogie with your clan until the wee hours.

Well this year’s Freshers Fringe guarantees not only to keep your tummies and bank balance full, but also the chance for students across Scotland to revel in a TWO-WEEK exclusive offering of 60+ freebies, discounts, goodies, club nights and exciting events, guaranteeing the biggest and best fiesta of the year. So whether you’re a foodie fanatic, film buff, party animal or gym bunny – there’s something for everyone.

Keen to know exactly what is included in your Freshers Fringe wristband? Nabbing one of these bad boys will get you tonnes of FREE pizza courtesy of Papa John’s and Firewater, free entry to BAaD’s Backyard Party and Cinema showings as well as free entry to Glasgow’s coolest clubs including Firewater, Buff Club, Shed, Garage and Cathouse. A fan of cash prizes and hefty discounts? Firewater are also offering a £500 cash prize for their pub quiz and LP Records giving 15% off all vinyl with a free tote bag on orders over £20.

Not only that but you’ll get to gobble down delicious free and discounted grub from the likes of Chaakoo, Topolabamba and 13th Note (with scrummy vegan friendly dishes), score entry to the Big Feed Street Food Festival and look your best with discounts on beauty treatments and gym memberships – with the cherry on top of your freshers cake being your paid Uber home – with a whopping £10 off your first ride.

Your wristband will also gain you Q-SKIP entry to the highlight of the Freshers Fringe – the Freshers Festival, a two-day long event with an eclectic showcase of the fiercest attractions and brands in the city and unique interactive opportunities for networking, careers and personal development.

Some Freshers Fringe Wristband highlights:

  • Free Papa John’s pizza for every wristband holder;
  • Free entry to Glasgow’s best nightclubs including Buff Club, Cathouse,. Firewater and the Garage;
  • Free entry to the Just Eat student food event;
  • Free entry to Sweat! Union Gym;
  • Free cinema night at Barra’s Art and Design;
  • Buy one get one free burritos;
  • £10 off Uber; and
  • Free entry to the Big Eat Street Food Fest to name a few…

And there’s lots, lots more still the be announced!

Be sure to keep up to date and in the know about what is happening around Glasgow through our partners Glasgow Living. It’s a must read site for any new and returning students in the city.

And as if that’s not enough, we’re offering early bird tickets at a crackin’ bargain, reduced from £20 to a cheeky tenner! Wristbands can be posted out to your humble abodes for a small fee, or picked up from the Ticket Scotland office in Glasgow or Edinburgh. What’s not to love?

So get ready to gather your clan in Scotland’s favourite city for a month-long party and experience Glasgow at its finest. Make sure to keep up with the latest Fringe chat and news on Facebook and Twitter and keep your eyes peeled here for more announcements and latest events!

So grab your Early Bird Wristband from Ticket Scotland here or email [email protected] with any queries.

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A Guide to the UK’s Best Student Friendly Festivals

Now that exam season has finally come to an end (phew), students all over the UK will be rejoicing at the prospect of a fiesta filled summer and the chance to let loose after pulling all-nighters memorising equations and hefty Shakespeare quotes. And since we’re mad keen for the upgrade of our event app yada, we thought we’d share our knowledge for the hippest happenings across the country. So to aid both your frenzied frolics and your pockets, we’ve rustled up a hassle free guide to the UK’s best student friendly festivals.


Freshers’ Festival: 20th-21st September

If you’re keen for a two day event packed with free grub, interactive experiences and the country’s best clubs, pubs, fashion brands, accommodation, job opportunities and more then you’ll be psyched for this year’s Freshers’ Festival held in George Square, Glasgow. Nab freebies, discounts and offers from your fave brands, grab FREE Papa John’s pizza and soak up some sweet sounds with live entertainment. If that’s not enough, the annual festival is completely FREE and open to students all over the globe.


Freshers’ Fringe: September 2017

For more sensational city events in Scotland, then make sure to check out the Freshers’ Fringe, a month-long festival featuring 60+ events from club nights and menu tastings to employment seminars, personal development workshops, shopping events and arts events. Keep an eye out here for dates and tickets.


Doune the Rabbit Hole: – 18th-20th August

Hidden in the hills of Cardross Estate, Stirlingshire, and surrounded by ancient oak trees and bubbling glens, Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival is one of Scotland’s most-loved events among indie, folk and reggae lovers. If you’re looking for a music festival with an intimate vibe, chilled sounds and lovely people, then this party is the place for you. As well as being dog friendly and featuring delicious locally sourced nosh from the likes of Glasgow’s popular Tchai Ovna, the three day festivities are teeny in price compared to other larger festivals with weekend tickets at a mere £125.


Edinburgh International Film Festival: 21st June – 2nd July

Finding its humble beginnings in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually-running film festival, celebrating its 70th birthday this year. So whether you’re a film student or you’re simply a movie buff with a passion for the big screen, this event will surely satisfy your creative cravings. The festival hosts international film premieres for a myriad of indie and studio films, and also gives you the chance to submit your own movies for consideration. Tickets are priced according to the film and often very reasonable.


Tafwyl: 24th June – 2nd July

As the best and most popular culture and arts festival in Wales, Tafwyl Festival is held in Cardiff over a whopping nine days, with events held around the city in museums, galleries, cafes and libraries. The festival is totally free and showcases an eclectic mix of live music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, food & drink. A perfect event for local students or holiday-goers.


Blissfields: 6th-8th July

Can’t manage to fork out the cash for Glastonbury? Blissfields is the ideal alternative for students on a summer budget. Showcasing new and up coming bands on five stages as well as food and drink from local restaurants and cafes. This is one of the best offbeat happenings in England and priced at only £110 for a full weekend ticket.


Lovebox: 14-15th July

Slap bang in the middle of Victoria Park, London, in the height of summer, you’d think this festival would cost a few pennies more than your bank is comfortable with. Think again! With a sick line up including Solange and Jamie xx, Lovebox offers two-day tickets for £126. Not bad for some of the biggest names in the music industry.

So be sure to download the yada app to keep up to date on all of the best event happenings around the UK and of course for exclusive competitions and more from the Freshers Festival.

What’s your fave student friendly festival? Give us a shout with your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.








Get down to Resurrection: A Stone Roses Tribute live at Firewater for an incredible night of music, good times and tasty drink promos.


Join Glasgow’s favourite Mexican restaurant Topolabamba to celebrate Mexican independence day!
Friday: Face painting – 12pm – 6pm
Live music with Manuel Corsetti – 9:30pmSaturday: Face painting – 12pm – 6pm
Live music with Manuel Corsetti – 9:30pm

Sunday: Live music – 3pm – 6pm.


Get ready for Garage’s Bare Your Colours UV party and keep your eyes peeled for drinks promos and bangin’ tunes.
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Best Gadgets for Starting Uni or College in 2016

Millennials and 90s kids alike have found themselves surfacing into adulthood with trusty companions that have quickly replaced our much loved Tamagochi’s and portable Walkman’s. These companions instead take the form of dainty digitals – smartphones, wireless headphones, Macbooks, tablets, you name it. In fact, students probably spend more time talking to Siri than they do to their own mothers. Digital devices have become the backbone to navigating our contemporary lifestyles, and they allow us to work more efficiently and find information much faster than traditional methods. Since Google has now adopted the role as personal assistant for essay writing and research, it’s natural that freshers would look for affordable, top of the range tools to acclimatise to their new academic demands and social networks. To help you choose the finest tech to aid your journey as a new student, we’ve bundled together the best gadgets for starting uni or college in 2016!

Microsoft surface Pro 3: From £639

Microsoft surface pro 3

Since lugging a laptop around campus on top of heavy textbooks can make you feel like the donkey that carried Jesus and Mary all the way to Bethlehem, Microsoft have come up with a tablet-laptop hybrid that’s as easy going on your shoulders as it is on your bank account. A multi-functional device, the Microsoft surface Pro 3 is a favourite among the tech savvy, providing a light 12-inch screen with sharp display and design, 5MP cameras capable of 1080p video recording, and note taking with use of the Surface Pen, allowing you to scribble down lecture notes and save you from losing them beneath pizza boxes in your room. It’s the ideal alternative to a laptop, but it provides better perks that suit reading and note taking.

Cambridge Audio G2 Mini Bluetooth speaker: £80


The Cambridge Audio compact Bluetooth speaker is a perfect companion for bbqs in Kelvingrove Park between classes or cheeky pre-drinks at your new flat. Including a four-speaker array and 10 hours of battery life, this stylish little speaker can blast both meaty bass notes and smooth highs.


Tefal TT552842 2 Slice Toast ‘n’ Egg ‘n’ Beans Toaster: From £35


As many freshers will wake up in halls, keen to scoff anything that’ll get rid of their pounding headache, this mean breakfast machine lets you do just that in very little time and with very little mess. With the Tefal toaster you can rustle up a decent meal in four minutes allowing you to poach or boil eggs, cook baked beans and whip up delicious golden toast, muffins, bagels or a mid-afternoon crumpet – whatever tickles your fancy. Ideal for tasty student grub on a budget.

Kensington ComboSaver notebook lock: From £19


This Kensington combination laptop lock ensures that your laptop stays safe when you’re out and about, securing it with private information and easy push button design. It’s tamper resistant and easily lockable, preventing potential thieves from running off into the sunset with your exam prep.

Toshiba 500GB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: From £33


To avoid losing that essay on the Bronte sisters that you spent a week working on, an external hard drive is a good investment. The sleek and small design of this Toshiba external hard drive means it’s easy to fling in your bag to easily transfer files when you’re on the go, simply by plugging it in to the USB port.

Way Surge Protected Extension Lead With 4 USB: From £26

extension lead

Whatever kind of student accommodation you find yourself in, there’s no bigger stress than searching for a plug socket where there is none. If you want to bust out those straighteners, your laptop, phone, sound system, vape charger and new Ikea lamp simultaneously then this surge-protected extension is your solution. This Way Surge eight way extension lead is lean and compact, and comes with four USB ports for easy charging for mobile devices.


EC Technology 22,400 mAh External Battery Pack: From £20

 battery pack

Imagine you’re on your way to a friend’s flat warming, and your navigation skills are far from perfect, trusty Google maps will be leading the way to your safe haven where vodka jelly shots await you. But what happens if your phone battery dies and you’re stuck in a weird part of town you don’t know? Having an external battery pack in your bag means your phone will be brought back to life with minimal effort and no cash spent on expensive taxis. Available in a sassy red and black, the EC technology external battery with its multiple USB ports is compatible with iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, iPad and most smart phones.

Have you got any must-have gadgets on your mind? Drop us a line and join the Freshers’ Fest chat over on Twitter!

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10 reasons to love being a Fresher in 2016

Being a fresher is a unique experience, whether you’re tentatively acclimatising to the hormonal and party-hungry vibes of student halls (and that weird furry thing that’s been in the fridge for too long), or settling into a new flat with old pals, you’re bound to experience a touch of nerves and a heavy dose of excitement (that will no doubt be encouraged by a couple of shots of cheap tequila). But fear not, being a fresher is better than it’s ever been. With an array of social events, new people and the bustle of the big city lights, we’ve come up with our top 10 reasons to love being a fresher in 2016.


Freshers’ Fringe

Since you’ll find your freshest self plucked from the nest and placed among new people and a new city, a myriad of magnificent parties and social events are bound to beckon. So grab your glad rags and blue sued shoes and get ready to welcome the first ever Freshers’ Fringe, a three week long multi-venue, multi-arts festival in the heart of Glasgow. Curating the biggest and best of Glasgow’s student fresher events, a decadent discovery of unique and diverse parties and event will be at your fingertips. So if you’re looking for your time as a fresher to be memorable, make sure to get yourself along to the greatest student celebration of the year.

Independent Living

Entering the nebulous world of the frenzied fresher can be the most liberating experience of our lives. Since much of our youthful wisdom was gleaned from mastering mind games with our siblings, or rustling up the perfect cheese toasty at 2am without waking the ‘rents, becoming a fresher allows us the opportunity to carve our own path when it comes to daily routines, and to get to grips with independent living.

Although student living can sometimes be a bit rough around the edges (especially when waking up with flakes of kebab in your eyebrow becomes a regular occurrence), embracing the hustle and bustle of student life is an important part of growing up and experiencing life as an (sort of) adult. So when you return to your humble student accommodation at 4am with a traffic cone on your head – embrace it! Because fresher = freedom.

A new academic journey

The best thing about finding yourself at the beginning of a college course or university degree is the freedom to explore new subjects and change your mind if something doesn’t suit you. Nothing is concrete, and this allows you to relish the diversity of academic options, and find your passions.

Exploring a new city

As well as learning to navigate a new living environment, freshers are often plunged into the plains of a new city or town, forced to reconcile with their fear of maps and dingy subway systems. But reveling in the creation of a new life within a vibrant and cosmopolitan setting is exciting, as well as the spontaneity that comes with it. Whether you’re a foodie, a party animal or an art lover, discovering new places is stimulating for your mind, and in many cities, your bank account, since student discounts and offers are just some of the many perks to life as a fresher.

Student loan

Sooner or later, your student loan award letter will stroll through the letterbox, announcing its arrival with an accommodating array of digits and decimals. These sweet digits will help you travel through the freshers’ universe, and give you freedom of choice when it comes to balancing those hefty textbooks with a mid-week burger and beer. It also gives you the chance come to terms with your finances and manage your money.

 Making new friends

Although life as hermit may initially seem inviting, stepping out of your comfort zone and into the shared living room of your halls is the first step towards making fresh friendships and new memories. It can be daunting being a fresher, you may have left behind life-long friends or be miles away from home, but giving yourself the chance to meet new folks and expand your social network is hugely important to understanding and navigating the challenges and triumphs of student life. You could meet the love of your life, or a new BFF, but whomever you decide to share that last slice of Papa John’s with, embrace the diversity of the freshers around you, and make the most of your new friendships.


As a fresher, you’re guaranteed to find yourself in unknown territory and nervously approaching new people and experiences can be a challenge. That’s why many students see their time as a fresher as clean slate and a chance to reinvent themselves. Although you may have spent much of your adolescence trying to forget that time you wet yourself during dodge ball in primary 4, this will no longer be the case. Being a fresher provides you with the opportunity to express your individuality and find like-minded people who admire your character over your past indiscretions. Your journey as a fresher can be one of the most valuable and cathartic ways of presenting your best self to the world.

Fancy dress

There’s also another type of reinvention that you can embrace whole-heartedly as a fresher. Amidst the foam and paint parties that shower your first year fond memories and stinging eyeballs, you will find yourself in an array of embarrassing outfits that you will don in public. If it’s always been your dream to prance through your park dressed like Thor, then prepare yourself to have that dream fulfilled.

Joining a society

Joining societies, clubs or groups while studying is also a good way to socialise with people with similar ideas and interests to your own. This will allow you to engage in something you’re passionate about and nurture a hobby, as well as giving you potential opportunities to make new friendships or snazz up your CV.

New opportunities

This year’s Freshers’ Fringe event is the best way to find new opportunities and ways of making your transition into student life a little easier, and a little more exciting. With over fifty events across the city, there will be a plethora of interesting and unique events to explore including boat parties, employment seminars and a coffee roasting master class. So whatever tickles your fancy, the Freshers’ Fringe has got you covered.


 Make sure to join the freshers’ chat on Twitter for Freshers’ Fringe & Freshers’ Festival.