Campus: What To Do If You Find Yourself Lost



C is for Campus:

Finding your way around your university campus isn't always easy at first, and when you've moved away to university you might find yourself getting lost a few times! It's okay though, getting lost happens to almost every new student at University. Students often walk into the wrong lectures or lessons, or even struggle to find where their lectures are being held. 

During my first couple of weeks at university, I managed to walk into the wrong lecture. Luckily, it was pitch black and there was a video playing on the projector, so nobody really noticed. But the lecturer stared at me and gave me a "Are you ok?" kind of look. I recall being sat next to a girl and then realising I didn't know anyone in this lecture, so I quickly got up and made a quick escape. In retrospect, I can laugh about this experience, but at the time it was pretty scary!

It isn't even just freshers that can get lost at university, during the third year I accidentally walked past the room my lesson was in and continued to go up 2 floors. I'd already been at the campus for two years, so you'd expect a third year to know the campus inside out? Well, that's not exactly true.  At this point, I was already really late for my lesson, probably about 10 or 15 minutes late. I went back down to the first floor and found my classroom... Every chair was full apart from one seat at the front. I was late and had to take the seat at the front, it made me feel really embarrassed! It's like I could feel everyone behind me staring and thinking "What the hell is he doing?", when I look back on this I realise no one probably cared that I was late, and I worried for no reason.

Students going out into town and getting drunk always causes a few issues because drunken students get lost like no tomorrow. It can be really dangerous, especially if you're new to a town or city, or even with people you don't really know. My university actually printed footsteps onto the pavement that pointed in the direction of the university from town to help students coming back home from a night out find their way home. I thought this was a really clever idea because it explained the direction of the uni from town really clearly. 


To avoid getting yourself into situations like this, it's good to prepare a little. Don't feel afraid to ask someone at your university for directions, many people are always willing to help out. Another thing I found useful was recognising other students in your year group because guaranteed if you're lost you will probably also see another student in your lecture wandering around looking for the room. You can use this as an opportunity to ask if they're looking for the lecture theatre, and you can even make new friends this way! It's quite an odd way to make new friends, but in some situations, it definitely helped me.

If you're coming back home from town on a night out, it sometimes is best to book a well trusted and licenced taxi or Uber. It will cost a few quid that could've been spent on a drink, but it's always better to know you have a safe way of getting yourself home. Universities will often advertise trusted taxi firms and Uber is slowly becoming available in more and more locations across the UK.

Universities always have maps that you can get for free, often you'll find these on open days. It's just good to have a map on you, that way you can refer to your map if you ever find yourself lost. You could even use this map as a reference when you're asking someone for directions. Despite me going on about being safe and prepared for getting lost while at university, remember to have fun and laugh about the silly things like this. It'll probably happen to everyone at Uni at least once, so remember it's okay to not know where your lecture is!


Thanks for reading,
Will

Budgeting as a student (who loves to spend!)

B is for Budget:
Your first student loan is like the best feeling, ever. For the first time in your life, you have a decent amount of actual money in your bank as opposed to the £5 your dad gave you last week or the £150 you've earned from your part-time job and you feel like a proper loaded and you can blow your money on a new games console, a few meals out and the drinks are on you all evening, until it's been 5 days and you realise that £300 left in your bank has to last you for the next 3 months and shit well and truly hits the fan. 


Luckily for most of us, the bank of mum and dad will help out, especially during your first year as if our parents or grandparents don't take pity on us, who will, right? But as the terms go on and you end up in the same situation its, not something your family are as cool with. Then you're left with two options, to curb your spending (boo) or get a part-time job. For most of my time at university, I did have a job which did help to supplement my student loan, but that did missing out on loads of cool stuff as most of it took place on a Saturday night and I was I was in work the next morning, and I cannot cope with hangovers, like at all. For some of us who have too much work to get a job alongside university or who just like living that 'student life', while they can (don't blame you) here are my top tips for budgeting whilst at university. 

Bulk buy:
It often works out cheaper to buy most things in bulk e.g. pasta which you can share with your housemates and just split these items between you or just keep it for yourself. I mean a 1kg bag of pasta is always handy, especially for someone who basically eats nothing else. When offers are on it's worth purchasing multiple of the items and storing in your room somewhere for later. Tins are always good to stock up on, as so many meals can come out of them, I love to have tined bins and spaghetti at my disposal as they're such an easy meal to make when paired with toast. 


Shop in the reduced section:
At random times of the day, supermarkets reduce items due to go off, this is usually in the evening, and you can get some pretty amazing deals especially with bread and vegetables, I've gone in before and purchased a large number of baked goods for 25p and they're usually good for a few days after it says too. It's also a great time to get food you wouldn't usually be able to afford for a fraction of the price. 



Lidl or Aldi?
When I was at university there was not a Lidl or an Aldi nearby, since being at university a huge Aldi has opened up around 10 minutes away, and I had no idea how cheap the fruit and vegetables are and the fact they sell dupes of loads of brands too, which taste the same! Again for the fraction of the price. With Aldi and Lidl I'd recommend buying a mass amount of cheaper items, making a HUGE meal out of them and then freezing as many pots of it as you can fit in your freezer drawer.

Take advantage of your student discount:
And for those times you really need to treat yourself your student card usually has your back, using sites such as Unidays and Student Beans. With additional bonuses popping up around the year to get even more money off it would be rude not to, right? Plus who doesn't love a discount on takeaway and new shoes?

I would love to hear of any tips you may have for budgeting in the comments!  


Accommodation: Staying at home, moving into halls or living with friends?



A is for Accommodation:
When moving to university most people move into hauls, especially when moving to a new place. As it is difficult to move to a new town or city knowing nobody and also finding somewhere to live. I actually stayed at home whilst going to university in my hometown but being someone who suffers from anxiety I found it easier that way, I do feel like I missed out somewhat moving into halls purely for that 'full' university experience and by that I do mean going out and doing things as a flat, getting exceptionally drink with your friends in one of the kitchens and learning to live alone with a group of people who are also going through the same thing.

I did, however, get to experience the life of living with students when I moved into a student house for the third year, I moved in with some of my boyfriend at the time friends, which for the first few months was amazing, it was like one big party and there was almost always someone around to talk to. It was when the cracks started to appear it became less than appealing, the good turned into the annoying and then turned into a big pile of crap. Treading on eggshells at home is not the one as you constantly feel on edge with the kitchen and the bathroom and any other communal and when anyone had friends over or there were extra people in the house it was so cramped we may as well have been sitting on each others lap. The things we had in common slowly became things we pretended not to like anymore so we didn't have to discuss them and the things we did discuss was that of small awkward talk on the stairs or whilst making a drink, it was never what I thought would happen. If it wasn't for my ex I don't know how I would have made it through the last few months. 

Since living together I only still have one of the people I lived with on social media and that isn't my ex, I would like to say we are still friends but often it doesn't feel that way. As for the rest, we left each other at home when we moved away. 
Putting things into perspective, spending my first two years of university living at home did save me a LOT of money and as much as you fight with your family, it doesn't feel as awkward and upsetting as it is with your friends. But moving out did give me a sense of freedom I didn't have at home, e.g. partying with friends, random conversations and learning how to survive on your own. With University living arrangements I'd say it's always worth spreading your wings and giving it ago!


Love, 
Olivia


We are back (and better than ever before!)



Helloooo and welcome to Dungarees & Degrees, you may have noticed we have been on *a bit* of a hiatus over last year or so, but sometimes life gets in the way and it has to be done, but we are back and have plans to make Dungarees & Degrees better than ever, yas! So for the first post back, I decided it would be great to talk to you about the future of the site and hopefully, you want to come on this journey with us. 

What does the future hold for Dungarees & Degrees? 
For our first 26 posts, we have set ourselves a challenge to write a post for each letter of the alphabet, ambitious right? But we thought it would be a great challenge to set ourselves and if anyone wants to take a letter and write a guest post we'd love to have you. We are aiming to make this your one-stop guide to all things student, from choosing the right course to dealing with hangovers we are going to have it all. 



Dungarees & Donuts VS. Dungarees & Degrees. 
You may have noticed the similarities in the blog names, but don't worry both blogs are owned by me. I decided to create a second student blog due to getting a lot of students visiting Dungarees & Donuts and a fair few brands wanting to host content or have me write around the topic of students and I love to share things about university and I wish I had something like this before going to university. It's just a little insight of what may be to come during your time at university. 

I want to guest post, where can I pitch to? 
Previously I did accept submissions for blog posts over on my Twitter, however, I have now set up an email where all guest post submissions can be sent to, which is dungareesdegrees@gmail.com. All posts will be shared on my personal Twitter currently which is @dungareesdonuts and will include links back to your blog and socials. If you are a brand or a PR you can also get in touch via the same email. 

How many times a week will you post? 
We aren't going to put a set schedule in place, however, we are hoping to put up two new pieces of content per week which will take our A-Z up to October! But a schedule of posting usually adds extra stress which isn't something we want to add to the blog!

If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch in the comments below :)

Peace out,
Liv & Will.  


The University Edit: Stationery | Lifestyle

I am currently sat in my room surrounded by a huge pile of stationery which I have been itching to use but I know I should save it for university and especially to take pictures of which I literally just finished doing! Recently I took a trip to B&M and picked up so many amazing discounted stationery items which I had to haul with you lot as I know you are all stationery fans too! A huge bag full of stationery and well over an hour later I left the store feeling super happy with my purchases. I spent around £20 on stationery which should of been more than double that. I am always drawn to colour so this little lot caught my eye pretty much straight away. As my readers are mostly university students I thought I'd share this haul as you can treat yourselves before returning/starting uni at a fraction of the price and also feeling guilt free. So what did I pick up from B&M I hear you ask? Well let me tell you!


First things first I noticed the huge pack of Fineliner pens which are usually waaay more than the £7.99 which they were retailing for in B&M. I think these are perfect for making notes as I prefer to read my notes in colour as it keeps me more interested than if they are just in black pen. Next I picked up two packs of Biro pens and in case you hadn't already guessed they are in colour! One pack is multi coloured and features a blue and a black pen and the others are pastel colours! Obviously every student needs Biros! Next I got the coolest notebook around, and it was super cheap too. I am in love with all things which are cuuuute so that suits me fine. I will probably grab a couple of other notebooks for my other lectures too as one is never enough. Okay so next I brought this Tsum Tsum set which I am pretty sure is for young children BUT I love tsum tsums so I had to get it didn't I? Although I probably won't use it at university it's good for home and looking cool. Finally I purchased the most awesome pack of highlighters I've ever seen, they are super bright and there are so many fun colours to work with. Perfect for revision and just everyday use in lectures. 





I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you to B&M for providing me with a voucher to grab these awesome gooooodies!

Creating Memories At University | Lifestyle

Hi all, how are we doin'? Sorry about the little delay between posts but I've been so busy and then when I planned to write something for this blog I started to feel unwell. Can you believe we are in August already? For us Students that means returning to university is looming, or if you are a first year it'll only be a matter of time before you move to halls if you haven't already! Living in a university/rented accommodation means you are limited to what you can do to a room. I've always taken it upon myself to create super cute collages of photos on my walls, it always keeps me taking photos as I have somewhere to put them and update them and it is a little more creative than sharing them just on social media. I was recently contacted by a PR company on behalf of HP and their new social media snapshots campaign and I thought it would be perfect for you all. Below is the video all about how to print the photos and then I thought I'd talk to you about creating your own photo wall!



Creating a photo wall: 
Once you've printed out a wide selection of photos this is where the creative part comes in. In the past I've cut up snippets from magazines as well as posters to add a bit more colour to the wall. The added a mix of photos in the gaps. Currently my photos are in a fairly toned down display in a 4 by 4 square which suits the room I am in. I would love to one day cover a whole wall in photos with no gaps but I don't have that many friends (jokes who wants to see themselves that many times). Pinterest has some gorgeous suggestions of how to create a photo wall if you are looking for inspiration.

Hopefully this inspired you and gave you some ideas for your new room which awaits you sooooon! 

*In collaboration with HP 

Are you ready to move into your student house? | Guest Post



There is so much you need to know before moving into your student house, here are some tips from Walton Robinson to help you along on your way. Before you start -  why not read over our top 10 tips for what to do before you move out to help avoid deposit charges, which you can check out here. Hopefully you find this post interesting as there are so many different parts of moving into a student house which students aren't made aware of.
apartment, blinds, cabinets


1) Make a plan in advance -There is nothing worse than not having a plan for an event like this. When moving house, you want everything to be as stress free as possible. Maybe you can your family and friend if they can lend a hand? If there's a few of you moving together, it could be worth hiring a van so you can do it all in one trip!

2) Paperwork - Moving is stressful, before you move into your house it is vital you make sure that all paperwork is complete and all fee and rent payments have been made. If you're in a group, make sure every single one of you have completed everything - if just one person is missing one payment or piece of paperwork we won't give out any keys at all until everything is 100% complete!

3) Collecting the keys - Check with your agent or landlord if there is a certain time you have to collect your keys. At Walton Robinson it must be after 3pm and you must call up and make an appointment in advance. Speak to your housemates about when they're moving in, the first person to come to the office can collect all the keys for each tenant.

4) Know your point of contact - When you collect your keys make sure you are given the number and email address of the person you need to contact if there are any issues with the property, and if there is a separate number for out of hours’ emergencies. This will either be the landlord or, if your property is managed by Walton Robinson, your property supervisor. You can also find details here if WR manage your property. We also appoint a lead tenant, someone who is our point of contact for when we need to inform you about viewings and inspections.

5) Inventory - You will be given an inventory when you move in, either from Walton Robinson or the landlord. Make sure you know the deadline for returning the completed inventory (with WR it is seven days) and that you pay close attention to every item and make any corrections that may be necessary. This will help when it comes to moving out and getting your deposit back at the end of the tenancy.

6) Utilities & Bills- You will be asked to record meter readings on your inventory form. Keep a note of them as you will need this information when creating new utilities accounts. If you need any help with this, call your property supervisor and they will be happy to help.

7) Council Tax -  Students are exempt from paying council tax but you will need to inform the council of your exemption status or you will be sent a bill. Download the form here.

8) Summer Arrangements - If you're moving your things in but not actually living there over the summer, let your landlord or agent know. This bit's obvious but remember to switch the heating and any plugs off before you leave and make sure you don't leave any valuables on display! You never know who might be peaking in.

*Guest Post By Walton Robinson.