Monday, February 16, 2015

So I'm going to be a Uni Student...

We’ve all heard those legendary tales of being a poor, struggling student. Reading this, you may be about to embark on your university adventure. Now you're most likely thinking: Is uni really like this? How will I balance a social life with studies? You are NOT alone! Below are five top student survival tips:

1) BUDGETING
- avoid lots of takeaways (it adds up!)
- learn to buy food when it is required and look for specials
- learn to like Op Shops!
- look for textbooks being sold by other students or on the textbook exchange
- cut back on going out and spending a lot of money on one night

2) CHORES
- take initiative and clean up after yourself
- if sharing accommodation, make a chores chart for the week
- Make time on the weekend to all clean-up together (if in share accommodation)

3) COUPON HUNTING
- look online for local discount coupons and vouchers
- try Facebook business pages for current and upcoming deals (especially restaurants!)
- vouchers and discounts for meal deals can be found in the local newspaper (Dominoes always has deals going)

4) TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
- make time away from study to do things that you enjoy!
- join a local social of sporting group to meet new people
- though on a budget, eat well (frozen vegetables and fruit are very economical)
- avoid expensive beauty products if you can (olive oil and coconut oil are examples of inexpensive, healthy moisturisers)
 
5) KEEP ON TRACK
- if you're worried about feeling overwhelmed, get a diary or weekly planner (know when you have assignments due, an appointment, etc)
- ask for help!
- talk to someone you trust and know about anything that is worrying you
- know what on-campus support services are available at CSU

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