The first week of your new university life can be terrifying but Elsa Vulliamy's tips can help get you through it


Remember, everyone's in the same boat as you

Look out for special vouchers and retailers offering student discounts, but avoid store cards

Getting a handle on your finances may not be exciting, but it’s an essential skill

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Top tips for students doing voluntary holiday work

Volunteer work can be a great way to travel. And by this I do not mean the kind of neo-colonial “I as one man will save the entire developing world” type of trip. I mean the kind of program where you trade real labour for free food and accommodation. This kind of voluntary work can range from working on an organic farm, or as a nanny to building walls for a castle.

Finding student flats: How not to get stung by dodgy estate agents

For many students, February marks the end of exam season and beginning of a house-hunting stint. But with the cost of rent maxing out some students' annual loans, it is not the time to be complacent - and panic is not a good substitute.

For students, London is capital

The city's unique opportunities can be a boon to your learning

The six best websites for students

Students spend a lot of their time on the Internet, whether it’s productively researching an essay or endlessly Facebook stalking that girl from Year 10 French. It’s inevitable – most students spend more time glued to their laptop screens than embracing the big wild outdoors.

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Kicking students out of the country is hugely short-sighted

The last thing international students want to face is a government policy making us feel unwelcome, says Nishad Sanzagiri

Online counselling: It is getting easier for students to seek help

After months of anticipation, a few too many mince pies, and the countless times you were asked "so, how is university?", it is time to exchange home comforts for independence, and bustling festive weeks for cold, January exams. Yet as days turn to weeks, and weeks turn to months, and it is no longer a case of the January blues. Perhaps you're jaded and smiling faces in the prospectus cover aren’t quite so relatable; in fact, nothing seems to be any more. What's happened?

The F015 includes swivel chairs and touch screens

Mercedes-Benz unveil latest self-driving car with swivel chairs and touchscreens

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The burger contains over 1900 calories

Too much information can put us off our food

"Calorie counting was a punishing and all-consuming obsession"

5 reasons your final year at university isn’t as bad as people make out

No matter how much students struggle in their first and second years of university, final-year students always say the worst is yet to come. “Ugh, second year a struggle? Wait until final year – double the essays, double the word count, and if someone messes up? They surrender their place on that grad scheme, start out on a downward spiral and wind up living with mum and dad until they’re 40.”

The GhostSwimmer was unveiled at a test event at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

US Navy develop underwater drone shaped like a shark

It is hoped the GhostSwimmer can eventually be used in US Navy intelligence and reconnaissance missions

Your indispensable last-minute guide to making your own Christmas presents - on a student budget

Christmas is approaching, which means late-night shopping, seasonal sales and stretched student overdrafts. Ticking off the presents list is always difficult when your pockets are less than lined and you’re buying for the friends and family who have everything imaginable. So instead of reaching for the house swear jar or skipping the in between classes Tesco meal deal, crafted gifts are the answer.

Payday loan stores are to face tougher regulations after moves proposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) call on more responsible lending

Student debt: Why it's never a good idea to turn to payday loans

With student debt on the rise, more and more people are turning to payday loans. But should they

Lad culture: What can be done when it's everywhere at university

It’s Saturday night in Bath – the queues are forming outside the clubs on one of its main streets. As the club rep hands out a leaflet to a young group of lads in rugby colours, one of them gropes her. She neither flinches nor squeals, simply rolls her eyes and hands out the next pamphlet.


Nothing says you’ve arrived at university more than a free packet of condoms stuffed into your freshers’ week welcome pack...

Get new textbooks, or rely on the library? You could always approach former students to see if they’re offloading their copies…

Your parents' rose-tinted university advice will be useful, but hopelessly outdated. Here's what you really need to know…

Check your student union website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for organised events

Freshers' Week can really help to ease you into living away from home – if you do it properly


Hints and tips for your first term of freshers from a fully fledged graduate

Lights4Fun have simple strings of warm white lights for £2.99 and festive flashing ones in all the colours of the rainbow.

Pricier options can be found at The Fairy Light Company- their natural leaf lights will add rustic chic to your decor but cost £18 for twenty. One for the Christmas list?

It's possible to make your own: boil up leaves in a pan with half a cup of laundry detergent, leave them to simmer for about two hours, transfer them to a tub of cold water, then gently rub the outer layer off with a paintbrush. Leave the skeletons to dry for an hour or so before wrapping them around some plain LED lights using double sided tape and ribbon.

Another idea is to find cheap lampshades and customise them with bows, buttons and your own print designs." onclick="location.href='';"/>

Our guide to changing four bare walls into a true home away from home - on a budget

A house that works is one where everyone gets along and brings something different to the group

It's not the end of the world if you didn't get a room in halls - in fact, you're going to have as much fun wherever you live

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