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Why Glasgow is the Best City for International Students

If you’ve landed on Glaswegian turf for the first time, you’ll no doubt be eager to discover Scotland’s greatest city and surf the wave of the second largest student population in the UK. Although many of our studious compadres find their homes locally or nationally, Glasgow welcomes thousands of international students each year, reveling in the diversities they bring. So to ignite your pride for this fine city and to welcome undergrads and postgrads alike, here are the reasons why Glasgow is the best city for international students.

 

It’s Multi-Cultural Vibes

For years the dear green place has been an emblem of diversity, encompassing folks from near and far and regularly celebrating the cosmopolitan cogs of its cultural machine. Not only has Glasgow been voted the friendliest city in the UK ahead of Newcastle and Liverpool, but also it prides itself on being home to a vast myriad of languages, cultures and beliefs. The Glasgow Mela Festival held in Kelvingrove Park is an annual event that celebrates the city’s multi-culturalism, featuring music, including Indian dance troupes and African drummers, entertainment, food and drink. For the rest of the year, if you’re looking for sensational sounds or tasty grub, you can visit a number of the city’s international clubs and restaurants such as the African & Caribbean Centre, The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre and Glasgow’s very own Chinatown.

 

Universities Accommodate Non-English Native Speakers

All Glasgow based universities welcome and support international students, with long-established Study Abroad and exchange programmes and help for non-English native speakers, including classes that aid applicants with English language requirements and liberal use of dictionaries in exams. Most universities also provide support with visas, accommodation, travel and scholarships.

 

Cheap Living Costs

 

Though the prospect of studying in Paris or London may seem enticing, the living costs alone in these cities mean it’s virtually impossible to rustle up any disposable income for post class frolics, unless of course your parents are rich AF or you’re luck enough to have nabbed a hefty student loan. Glasgow on the other hand offers better equality accommodation at a fraction of the price as well as opportunities to get involved in arts, culture and entertainment scenes that would rival a number of major European cities. If you’re keen to learn more about accommodation and living costs, have a peek at this useful guide.

Be sure to visit our Freshers Festival event in September to meet with many accommodation providers who can provide more information on private lets and Halls of Residences.

 

International Societies

 

Not only do Glaswegian universities provide support through official services, but also many have cultivated unique communities by means of International Societies, providing a gateway through which new students from near and far can gather to make new pals and navigate the city together. These societies introduce members to the city’s cultural facets and regularly organise social events like pub nights and outings and provide free food at its gatherings.

Are you an international student living in Glasgow? Let us know what your experiences have been like in this fine city! Join the chat on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Tips on Finding the Best Student Accommodation

The new semester is on the horizon, and you can almost smell those crispy new textbooks and questionable life choices. Perhaps you’re hoping to organise a flat share, and imagining life in your new nest akin to your fave episodes of New Girl, or maybe you’ve just got a room in student halls and you’re eager to relish your flourishing social calendar. Whatever your choice for accommodation for the academic year, there’s no need to stress if you haven’t yet found your student dream home.

Freshers’ Festival is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with the folks at CRM Students, who’ll be at the festival this year with offers and information on their varied and diverse range of student accommodation. So we’ve rustled up our top tips on finding the best student accommodation with the help of CRM Students! Enjoy!

 

Take your time

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Find the right location

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You could be studying slap bang in the middle of the town, or your building could be on the outskirts of city, finding the right location will save cash and time, meaning you’ll get to have a lie in here and there and avoid forking out unnecessary amounts of your loan on transport or multiple buses. CRM Students provide accommodation all across Glasgow and Edinburgh to cater to the needs of all students. So get friendly with the locals pick a location that’s within easy walking distance to your classes.

 

Keep to budget

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It can be a challenge finding a place to live that fulfills your expectations and satisfies your need for homely comforts without being on the pricey side. CRM Students has loads of affordable and sophisticated properties across Glasgow and Edinburgh; their student homes come complete with free Wi-Fi, all-inclusive bills and a massive range of communal spaces.

 

Flat share or independent living

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Whether you’re the type of student that rolls into bed at 10pm every night and then awakens for a sharp 7am coffee, or you’re the kind to appear in the wee hours and emerge from your haven in the late afternoon, it’s important to find the right kind of accommodation to suit your lifestyle. CRM Students have flat shares and properties to suit students with different interests, schedules and priorities.

 

 Security and Safety

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Stay away from dodgy landlords or confusing Gumtree ads, since unfortunately there can be people out there looking to scam new students or take advantage of young people who aren’t yet totally savvy when it comes to contracts, leases and legalities. CRM Students luckily has an enviable reputation for student welfare and security. As well as offering great locations and facilities, every one of their student sites is covered by 24/7 CCTV and/or secure-entry systems, and expertly managed by dedicated and friendly on-site teams. So make sure you find somewhere that’s safe and secure to avoid hindering your university adventures.

 

For more info and updates on CRM Students and the accommodation they offer, keep an eye on their Twitter & Facebook.

What type of accommodation are you choosing this year? Give us a shout over on Twitter.

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Get a room! A night in Glasgow with Euro Hostel

You’re out with pals in your favourite local haunt; you’re slurping a cocktail and having a grand old time. As the light outside begins to fade and the darkness creeps towards midnight, you find yourself forced to pull a Cinderella and disappear from the party. But instead of running back to your fairy godmother and losing a glass slipper, you’re bolting for the last train home in your Topshop wedges.

This is a situation in which all students have found themselves, on a night out and stressing about missing the last train, out of breath and plagued with FOMO. But fear not! Euro Hostel is here to help you out. Euro Hostel is a clean, safe and secure budget option that is the smarter alternative to a hotel, right in the heart of Glasgow city center.

Just a jaunt away from the city’s most popular pubs, clubs and attractions, Euro Hostel is the perfect place to get a room. Last minute bookings are welcomed, and only a small deposit is required (a mere 12%) but we do advise that you book in advance to save disappointment! Here are the reasons why you’re guaranteed a better night by bunking up with Euro Hostel.

 

Location

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If you’re booked in a hotel, it’s often a nightmare trying to find out where it is, or trying to navigate buses through the dark. With Euro Hostel’s location next to the River Clyde, it’s a mere 5-minute saunter to Glasgow Central Station and a short stroll to the biggest and best venues in the city including Cathouse, Sub Club, Classic Grand – literally 3 mins walk across the road or the SECC Hydro, O2 ABC, Nice n’ Sleazy, Stereo and 13th Note! And short taxi ride to Sauchiehall Street venues.

 

Affordable prices

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Even when SAAS has just graced your bank balance with a hefty chunk of cash, most students don’t have the pennies to spare to spend on a hotel when they’re out until the wee hours. Euro Hostel, however, have beds from just £10.00 pp, VIP suites from £14.00pp and private rooms from £20.00 – all with en-suite facilities and free Wi-Fi.

 

Nights Out

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Since Euro Hostel is so close to the best locations in town, it’s good to know you don’t have far to go to crash out on a comfy bed complete with a private loo, or carry on the party by playing some tunes and having a laugh – if you and your friends have booked a VIP suite. The suites are sound proof, so you won’t be waking up fellow travellers with your awful rendition of Beyonce’s Formation at 2am. They also have a late check-out for all those sleepy heads for a little extra. Well worth it, if you’re not an early riser.

 

Safety

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Particularly for young women travelling, visiting or partying in the big city, safety is a huge concern and something that Euro Hostel views with the upmost importance. Its safe and secure rooms as well as a 24hour reception means you’ll be in good hands, and you can contact reception immediately in case of emergencies, or if you just need a chat and some company after a long day. You can always call and book a room, so you have that safety net if your plans change and you can’t grab a taxi home – subject to availability of course.

 

Day trips or city breaks

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If you stay far away from Glasgow and it usually takes you two bus trips through numerous Scottish villages and a cross country train to get anywhere close to the city, then staying at Euro Hostel gives you the option to ditch your bus pass for a bed for the night. And since the room prices won’t break the bank, it’s a perfect way of enjoying the city for day or two and not having to worry about transport or your bus being delayed because a cow is blocking the road (this is Scotland, remember).

 

Large Groups

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Gonna be paintballing for the day with a group of pals? Or are you keen for a girls/lads’ night out? Euro Hostel caters for groups of all sizes with their VIP luxury suites, offering between two and twenty person bedrooms for as little as £14.00 per person per night, complete with en-suite facilities, private lounges featuring smart TV’s and fridges, as well as a secret outdoor garden! Check them out on the website!

 

Mint & Lime

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The hostel also has a terrific bar offering an ‘all you can eat buffet breakfast’ including full Scottish/continental and a ‘Meal Deal’ – two main meals for £10.00 including a selected drink. Guaranteed to set you up for the day. Drink promos weekly.

So whatever your reason for visiting the city, if you find yourself out late, with a big group of friends, with limited dolla, or you’re travelling and simply looking for somewhere to crash that’s safe and secure, Euro Hostel has got you covered.

Keep your eyes out for Euro Hostel on Twitter & Facebook for upcoming competition prizes, giveaways and discounts!

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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.

 Reinvention

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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Accessorise Your Student Flat On A Budget

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.

Moustache Cushion, £5.20, Wilkinson
Moustache Cushion, £5.20, Wilkinson
Cityscape Shower Curtain, £9.99, Argos
Cityscape Shower Curtain, £9.99, Argos
Cacti Candle Set, £5, Urban Outfitters
Cacti Candle Set, £5, Urban Outfitters
Hanging Bird Photo Frame, £4, Next
Hanging Bird Photo Frame, £4, Next
Bathmat, £6.99, H&M
Bathmat, £6.99, H&M
Guide To Happiness Wall Hanging, £8, Matalan
Guide To Happiness Wall Hanging, £8, Matalan
Flamingo Glass, 75p, IKEA
Flamingo Glass, 75p, IKEA
Storage Basket, £9.99, H&M
Storage Basket, £9.99, H&M
Pink Kettle, £7, ASDA
Pink Kettle, £7, ASDA
White Hare, £6, Tesco
White Hare, £6, Tesco
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Student Accommodation: The Options

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!).

Parents Buying
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…

Extracted from the February 2012 issue of Scotcampus Magazine. Check out our Student Accommodation portal to find your perfect flat before the semester begins.