Helen Frances Vaudrey

Helen Vaudrey is a contributing writer to The Independent and Semperey Magazine. She enjoys blogging, travelling and classical music and is currently a second year at the Unversity of Salford studying Journalism. She has won national competitions in conjunction with Channel 4 and Media Trust and has appeared on The One Show.

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The student housing dilemma: Home, halls or renting?

One of the most exciting and daunting decisions a student will make at university is what their living arrangements will be. Most students experience the three most popular living options available to them over their three years of study: slumming it in student halls, squandering student loans on expensive rental houses and staying at home to scavenge off the parents.

Some people seem hell bent on encouraging participants to be as outrageous and extreme as possible

Neknomination: A craze gone too far

A young Geordie man grins into the camera as he twists open a bottle of Listerine for his neknomination challenge. 

You don't need to spend a fortune to spend a good Valentine's Day

Guys, on a tight budget? No need to use up your whole student loan for a good Valentine's Day

Few things strike as much trepidation into a man’s heart as the prospect of Valentine’s Day on a tight budget. For students, the issue is a sticky one - both literally and figuratively - but one that can be solved.

Job losses feared as Manchester student union deficit reaches half a million pounds

Manchester University students’ union has been forced to make drastic cut-backs after it was revealed that they have built up a deficit of over half a million pounds.

Pillow talk: Under the covers at freshers' week

What to expect from the party to end all parties

Leaked memo reveals major cuts at the University of Salford

Potential course closures at the University of Salford could affect more than 1,000 students and 75 members of staff, according to a leaked memo.

You can have this afterwards

A procrastinator’s guide to tackling exam stress

Exams, like death and taxes, are one of life's few constants. If you're struggling with your revision, maybe these study tips from fellow procrastinator Helen Vaudrey might help?

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