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Choosing the Right Accommodation: Going Solo

Choosing the Right Accommodation: Going Solo
Choosing the right accommodation for you can be a tough decision. For most students, halls are the obvious choice for their first year, but what do you do about your second year?
 
According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the majority of students live in private rented accommodation. Most people choose to live in shared housing, but this isn’t the right fit for everyone. It’s becoming increasingly common for students to live on their own.
 
I’m a third year student at the University of Derby and like most people, I spent my first year in halls.
When I was looking for second year accommodation, I realised that shared housing was not the right fit for me. For me, having my own space is important.
 
Though you have your own room in shared housing, you and your flatmates ultimately share space and, more importantly, share the responsibility for maintaining this space. This usually means keeping the kitchen clean and tidy, taking out the trash, doing the dishes etc. These can all cause arguments.
 
Sure it can get lonely living on your own, but sometimes it’s nice to just relax by yourself without having to worry about other people. I like my peace and quiet and it’s much easier to get it when you don’t have housemates making noise. Alternatively, when I return to my flat after a night out, I don’t have to worry about waking anyone up, so it’s a win-win.
 
There also aren’t as many distractions when you live by yourself which makes getting on with uni work much simpler. You don’t have any flatmates coming into your room for a chat while you’re trying to do an essay.
 
I don’t want to dissuade anyone from choosing shared housing, but I have found it much easier to live alone.
 
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5 Tips to Stay Warm on a Budget

5 Tips to Stay Warm on a Budget
 With temperatures plummeting and snow forecast, it’s important to stay warm now more than ever. But you’re probably on a budget and heating isn’t cheap.

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on central heating to keep yourself warm through this cold spell, we at Blue i have put together a few tips on how to stay warm on a budget.
 
  1. Get moving
While your first instinct when cold weather strikes might be to go into hibernation, moving around will warm you up.
 
Whether you decide to exercise or clean your flat, a workout naturally raises your body temperature and gets your blood pumping.
 
  1. Get Cooking
A good meal can make you feel warmer.
 
Eating foods that are high in protein and iron and healthy fats can help you to keep warm in the winter months.
 
Also, the heat from the hob or oven when you’re cooking should heat you up a bit.
 
  1. Layers!
This might seem like an obvious one, but layering clothes can go a long way in combatting the cold.
 
You may be tempted to reach for a comfy jumper or dressing gown but wearing multiple thinner layers of clothing has been scientifically proven to better insulate your body against cold weather.
 
Warm air gets trapped between the layers acting as an insulator so forget about how ridiculous you may look and layer up!
 
  1. Snuggle up with a hot water bottle
Invest in a hot water bottle.
 
You can get one for less than a fiver and once you’ve got one, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy a hot water bottle sooner.
 
  1. Don’t forget, we’re here to help
You’re probably going to want to turn your heating on at some point and we at Blue i are here to make sure you can.
 
If you’re having problem with your central heating, you can easily report a repair through .
 
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