Takeaways Offering Fast Food In London Which You’ve Probably Never Tried

Who’s sick of constantly ordering Nando’s on Deliveroo? If so, you need to check out these quirky restaurants offering fast food in London…thank us later

It’s dark, it’s cold and you’ve had a long day. Or, you’re coming in from a night out and are huuuuuuuuuunnnnngry.

Whatever state you’re in, we’ve all been there. You just don’t want to cook. 

Living in London, you’re honestly spoilt for choice for takeaways. With so many cuisines, outlets and ways to order, sometimes the choice can be a bit overwhelming.

Rather than opt for your go-to takeaway, we’ve got a few different options for you to try. Didn’t anyone tell you variety is the spice of life? 

With top picks from Deliveroo and Just Eat (because hello, still students) you’ll be able to expand your culinary horizons from the comfort of your student accommodation. 

Malden Hall

Aya Lebanese Cuisine

picture of food on a plate with delicious meats
@ayalebanesecuisine – Instagram

App: Deliveroo

Where: 2.40 Miles Away

20% off the entire menu

If you’re sick of standard Nando’s, pizza and kebab’s then this Lebanese place needs to be at the top of your list for new places to try. 

Amazing for sharing with your student mates, Lebanese food is famous for dips, salads, meat and veg. 

What more could you want? Oooooo we know, delicious flatbreads and olives. 

Rated ‘excellent’, you know you’re missing out.


make your own pizza
@fireawaypizza – Instagram

App: Deliveroo

Location: 1.20 Miles Away

Ok, we know we just said, “If you’re sick of pizza…” but let’s get real- when would that ever happen? 

The next time you want a slice of Italian, checkout Fireaway in Wimbledon. 

Rated ‘very good’ on Deliveroo and with pizza, chicken, calzone, gelato and milkshakes on the menu, you really can’t go wrong.

Wagaya Sushi

sushi food in London

App: Deliveroo

Location: 2.50 miles away

Sushi is pretty bougie and has a more expensive price tag than your standard takeaway but this restaurant is defo worth trying. 

With delish fish, Japanese curries, rice rolls, dumplings, tempura and bento boxes, you’ll feel like you’re in the bustling city streets of Tokyo from your student accommodation.

Wimbledon Tandoori

korma from a takeaway shop in London

App: Just Eat

15% off when you spend £25 before 22.00

We don’t know about you, but we can never pass on a curry. Creamy kormas, kicking dopiazas, fluffy naan, pillowy rice – pure heaven. If you haven’t tried it already, Wimbledon Tandoori should be the next curry house on your list. Delivery takes between 45-60mins but it’s totally worth it.

Academic House

Neat Burger 

delicious vegan burgers from neat burger
@neat.burger – Instagram

App: Deliveroo

Location: 2.40 miles away

All vegan all day.

A burger joint that is vegan and has gluten free options. 

Too good to be true? Think again. Neat Burger has absolutely maxed out on its menu offering with twists on classic faves like Filet-No-Fish. 

If you needed even more convincing, there’s currently 25% off all orders over £20.

Big Cheeks Thai 

spicy thai curry with rice

App: Deliveroo

Location: 2.30 miles away

Thai is one of the all-time greats of takeaways and Big Cheeks Thai does not disappoint. 

With dishes like ‘Drunken Noodles’, you’d think they made it especially for us. 

All the usual suspects are on the menu like big man massaman curry, your green and red varieties plus the GOAT Pad Thai. 

With reasonable prices, treat yourself tonight and give Big Cheeks a go.

Roosters Piri Piri

burgers from roosters in London
@roosterspiripiriofficial – Instagram

App: Just Eat

15% off when you spend £15

Loads of choice, rave reviews and tonnes of Piri Piri – what more could you want from your next takeaway? 

From freshly prepared falafel and crispy halloumi to that heavenly Piri Piri chicken that we all love, Roosters is defo one to add to your list.

Mikos Gyros

plates of takeaway which are perfect for students
@mikosgyros – Instagram

App: Just Eat

It’s no Mykonos but close enough. 

Well not really but the food is ultra-Greek and ultra-tasty. Made from scratch, the gyros (kebab) is authentic, delish and fresh. 

Choose from a number of fillings, including a vegan option, and pair with chips and a side if you’re feeling super hungry. 

All Miko Gyros does is kebab and chips and it does it damn well.

Fulham Palace Studios

Putney Tanduri


App: Deliveroo

Location: 1.50 Miles Away

50% off the entire menu (T&Cs apply)

All time takeaway heroes, slashed prices, rave reviews and closes at midnight. This is your next winner winner, chicken tikka dinner.

Brooklyn Pizza Crew

pizzas and food you can get fast food london
@brooklynpizzacrewuk- Instagram

App: Deliveroo

Location: 1 mile away

30% off the entire menu (T&Cs apply)

Transport yourself to the pizza slice shacks of Brooklyn from the comfort of your student accommodation. 

With gigantic 20 inch pizzas, it’s great for sharing and in your student budget. 

Loads of topping combos and big slices mean this pizza joint is a must try.

Cho Sim

image of korean fast food

App: Just Eat

10% off when you spend £15

Korean food is super popular at the minute and why wouldn’t it be? 

Amazing flavours, meats, veggies, rice, soups, BBQ – you name it, it is gorge. 

Honestly, if you haven’t tried Korean food before, make sure Cho Sim is the place you do it. 

Quick delivery and tasty options, this restaurant makes being lazy taste so good.

Macro Food

macro fast food london
@macrofooduk – Instagram

App: Just Eat

Free delivery when you spend over £7

Don’t want to cook but don’t want to feel bad about it? Want to save on calories but max out on flavour? 

If that’s a bit of you then Macro Food is the takeaway you need. 

Brimming with meal combos and dietary information that would make any gym head pee their pants in delight, Macro Food makes sure you know exactly what your ordering and how it fits with your current training plan. 

Whether you’re into keto, macros, free from or vegan diets, you’ll find something tasty, healthy and pretty cheap too.

WOW! Our mouths are definitely watering and tummy’s grumbling after all that. Let us know which ones your try and how you get on.

How to Prepare for your First University Assignment

Moving to university is a massive step in your life. It will shape your first few years as an adult, propel you into the unknown and help you grow up, learn vital skills that will stand you in good stead for your future, and help you build a career. 

There are certain ways in which your GCSEs and A-Levels are formatted, and you’ll have become accustomed to how best to write essays in your school years to get the best results. 

All of this now goes out of the window when you enter university and you’ll be taking on coursework and exams that are the next level up from anything you’ve encountered before.

That’s not to say you should be worried though. As your first university assignment approaches there are some clear and effective ways that you can approach it. 

We’ve put together some helpful hints as to how you can best prepare for your first university assignments. If you are clever with your approach, hardworking and determined to succeed, you’ll do well at university life.

1. Attend All Your Lectures And Seminars

lecture and seminar

You are attending university to learn, and your lectures and seminars are there for you to take on board all the information and expertise that your tutors will pass on to you. 

You might find that it is a struggle to get out of bed on a daily basis and go to university after you’ve been partying hard during freshers’ week and getting to know new friends.

It is vital though that you get into the habit and that you attend everything. There are times you might not be able to attend, but always let your tutors know and try to get access to notes from those you will miss. 

The more information you take on board, the better your knowledge and assignments will be.

2. Plan Carefully And Be Prepared

sticky notes planning

The first thing to consider with any university assignment is that the best way to do well is to be as fully prepared as possible. 

Take the time to plan carefully and methodically. It is perfectly ok to take as much time as you need to look over the details of the assignment and to plan accordingly. 

Look at the criteria of the assignment, write down a list of all your ideas relating to the specifics of the assignment and think about what questions you need to ask and what the purpose and end result of the assignment is. 

Writing a plan at this point will help you when it comes time to write and complete the assignment.

3. Research Thoroughly

female with laptop preparing for assignment

This is the phase of a university assignment that takes the longest, but it can be truly fulfilling and will help you learn key research skills that will help throughout the cycle of your university course and beyond into your post-graduate life. 

If you are unsure about the types of sources that you need, take the time to speak to your tutors and ask the university library for help in finding them.

At this point, you should take as many detailed notes as possible, before working through and bringing the puzzle together.

4. Using Academic Journals

academic journal

One of the best ways to improve your referencing and research is to understand how to effectively use academic journals, rather than relying on Wikipedia and other easy to find Internet sources. 

Using peer-reviewed journals and books is the best way to enhance your university assignments and make sure your thoughts and opinions are based on a solid foundation of academic research. 

Journals are found in university libraries in both physical and digital form.

5. Write A Draft

writing research

Your first draft of any university assignment is important, as it is the first chance you get to try and bring together your research, notes and knowledge to try and get to that end point you’d written about in your plan. 

Put together a draft that is in some semblance of working order, but at this point you don’t have to worry about your spelling and grammar being perfect, just make sure you have a general draft written that follows the specific guidelines of your course.

6. Re-draft

woman with deadlines

This is the point where you need to schedule in a big chunk of time to look through your first draft and figure out what works, what doesn’t, tweak and amend things, delete, and add sections where necessary and then finally, proofread. 

At this point you are tightening everything up into a clear university assignment that is ready to hand in.

7. Understand How To Reference

man referencing for his first university assignement

This is one of the biggest changes you’ll encounter between school learning and university learning. 

Your first university assignment is where you’ll learn how to reference for the first time. It is an essential part of almost every single course at university, and you’ll find that your tutors will bring it into lectures and seminars early on in your time at university to ensure you get to grips with it as quickly as possible. 

There are different referencing guides and systems depending on which university and course you are studying, so always make sure you understand what is expected of you and always ask questions of your tutor and other students to make sure you are doing things the right way. 

There is no shame in asking for help.

8. Lay A Marker Down

writing in book

Think of your first university assignment as your first marker for the year ahead. In your first year of university, you generally only need to get a passing grade to go through to the second year. 

After that, your grades will go towards your final degree classification. This takes the pressure off the first year in some ways, but it also gives you a chance to hone your skills and your first university assignment is a chance to see where you are right now and to work out where you need to improve with future assignments. 

You can use this first assignment as a template and a marker to look back on in future and to see how far you have come.

As you can see, there are some clear steps that you can take to ensure that you are fully prepared for your first university assignment. Be fully involved with your lectures and seminars, utilise the university library to find journals and other academic sources, ask about referencing and what you need to do, and always have a plan of action and thorough research to back up your first draft. You’ll get there, we have faith in you to work hard and get results with your university assignments, whatever course you are studying.

The Student Guide: 10 Things to do in Bangor

Bangor is one of the smallest cities in the UK, and this North Wales-based university actually has more students than it does locals, which makes it an interesting and fun place to study.

There are also no other universities in the area and as a result, university life is at the centre of everything in Bangor.

Living in Bangor as a student is never dull, not only will you find plenty of things to do in the city, but it is also surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape and nature in the entire country. With Snowdonia National Park on your doorstep, as well as the beautiful Menai Strait between Bangor and Anglesey…what more could you really want?

Looking at Bangor for things to do before you move? Don’t worry, our list of 10 places will be sure to get your calendars looking busy! Keep reading to find out what made the cut…

1. Explore Snowdonia

snowdonia in bangor

Snowdonia must be seen to be believed. When searching for Bangor things to do, you are in the perfect location to explore Snowdonia National Park.

Invest in a good pair of walking boots and you can head up one of six walking routes up to the top or take the easy route and catch the Snowdon Mountain Railway…who really needs to know?!

The scenery throughout Snowdonia is stunning, it’s bound to take your breath away!

For students looking to get out and about in nature, or to blow away the cobwebs after a night out at the Student Union, a visit here will sure clear your head!

Don’t forget to prioritise your mental and physical well being whilst at uni! A walk here will release any tension and relax your body.

2. The Llyn Peninsula

sea by bangor

Just 30 minutes away from your student accommodation in Bangor, the Llyn Peninsula is like walking into a completely different part of the world.

It is home to some of the finest beaches you’ll find anywhere in the UK and that’s why it is often talked about as a piece of the Mediterranean in North Wales.

If you are looking to get away from stress and be out in nature, the Llyn Peninsula is the perfect place to chill out with friends in the great outdoors or to take part in water sports.

Along the unspoilt coastline you’ll discover fantastic walking paths, dinghy sailors, wakeboarders, and wildlife enthusiasts.

3. Treborth Gardens

botanical gardens for students to visit

Hidden right by the side of the Menai Bridge, Treborth Gardens is a fantastic place where students and locals come together every week (Thursdays) to help with the growth and cultivation of wild and tropical orchids.

The humid Orchid House is a good place to go on those cold days during the winter months, as Bangor can be quite cold all year round in all honesty! It is a really fulfilling way to spend your time and to meet new people.

4. Go Surfing

surfing in bangor

If you are into water sports, and surfing in particular, Surf Snowdonia at North Wales’ WaveGarden is the perfect place for you, just a 30-minute journey outside of Bangor.

Here, you’ll find the world’s longest man-made surfing wave which stretches for a magnificent 150 metres.

If you are learning to surf for the first time or want to hone your skills, it is the best place to be in this part of the world.

5. Go to Zip World

zip wire

Another fun day out is Zip World, where you’ll find the longest zip line in Europe. It also happens to be the fastest zip line in the world, so prepare for some real thrills.

It is a fun-filled, action-packed day out that is perfect for a group of university friends looking for something to do in Bangor, and something away from what you’d normally expect.

If you’re looking to bond with new uni mates or just treat yourselves after some hard studying sessions, Zip World is a lot of fun!

6. A Night Down The Pub

pub drinks

Patrick’s Bar is an institution for students in Bangor. It’s an Irish pub located in the heart of the city, and you’ll find a little bit of everything here.

If you are into cheap shots to get a big night out started, Patrick’s has you covered. If live sport on the TV screens is more your thing, you’ve got access to that. For live bands and music, there’s plenty of dates booked in the calendar you need to check out!

7. A Coffee At Blue Sky Café

coffee break 

A firm favourite coffee spot in Bangor, Blue Sky Café is a fantastic place to sit and take a rest during a hectic day of study.

The café has a strong purpose focusing on locally sourced ingredients and ethical trade, which makes them super popular amongst both locals and students.

There are comfortable sofas, wicker chairs and wood-burning stove, making it a fantastic place to study away from your desk in your bedroom.

Blue Sky often becomes a second home for students in the city, with its comfortable and friendly vibes.

8. Visit Penrhyn Castle

inside the welsh castle

A stunning example of Welsh history, Penrhyn Castle is a fantasy castle from the 19th century.

Located between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait, it is an incredible piece of architecture that must be seen to be believed.

It is home to one of the largest collections of classical art in the whole of Wales and during the warmer months, it is a relaxing and interesting place to take a picnic and sit out on the well-kept grounds.

You can even spot the North Wales coast from here if you look closely…we’re in love!

9. Explore The Wealth Of Arts And Culture

art gallery in bangor for students to visit

Storiel and Pontio are the two great places for arts and culture in Bangor.

Storiel is the former Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery and it is the oldest building in Wales to be dated by an inscription.

It is home to art from as far back as 1884 and showcases the history and cultural shifts in Wales over the centuries.

Pontio on the other hand, is the creative hub of modern art and culture in Bangor.

It is open 7 days a week and has a cinema that focuses on independent releases, theatre, live music, cabaret shows, contemporary circus and workshops for aspiring artists.

10. Go Bird Watching

bird watching in bangor

Just on the outskirts of Bangor, the Spinnies Aberogwen North Wales Wildlife Trust is a fantastic place to go bird watching.

For newcomers and experts alike, a day out at the Spinnies, with the incredible surroundings of the Snowdonia Mountains and Menai Straits, is a sight to behold.

The nature reserve is the perfect location to view bird feeding, providing plenty of shelter for birds including the Kingfisher, ChiffChaff, Little Egret, Greenshank, Orange-tip and many more.

There is no entry fee to the reserve, and it remains open during the daylight hours, so Autumn and Spring are the perfect seasons to head on down and see the best of birdlife in the area.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Bangor, both in the city and throughout the beautiful and spectacular surroundings. Whether you are looking for a hike up a mountain, a leisurely coastal walk, you want to see art and culture, music, a drink with friends or a quick cup of coffee before university, there is plenty to see and do in this small and charming cathedral city in North Wales.

Save energy and reduce your carbon footprint!

Big Energy Saving Week runs from the 18th to 24th of January. It is a very important national campaign which helps people reduce their carbon footprint, as a result of using less resources.

Take a look at our 5 tips below and see how you can save energy in 2021!

1. Close the hatches

It’s the coldest time of the year! Ensure you keep doors closed in and around your accommodation and you won’t need to bump the heating up as high, or as often.

2. Disconnect those devices

We get it – after hours of coursework, the first thing you probably want to do it set aside your tech and grab a bite to eat! However, leaving your laptop plugged in for long periods of time will not only damage your battery due to overheating, but it also means you are using un-necessarily high amounts of electricity for no reason!

3. Cut the lights

As soon as you leave your room, en-suite, communal area or kitchen, turn off the lights and reduce your carbon footprint at the flick of a switch!

4. Set a timer when cooking

If you’re going to cook up a storm in the kitchen, it’s important to set a timer and regularly check on your food! When using an oven or microwave, this helps avoid the over-usage of energy, and of course, burning your meal!

5. Take devices off standby

There are many ways you may be wasting energy in your room without realising it; leaving devices on standby is something that millions of people are culprits of doing on a daily basis. Just imagine the impact we could all make if we took two seconds to do something as simple as un-plug our TV’s!

Tis’ the season to give back! 5 ways you can help someone less fortunate this Christmas

Tis’ the season to give back! 5 ways you can help someone less fortunate this Christmas

Charitable Person

1. Looking for a quirky present for your bestie? Action Aid has you sorted!

From Pigs, to goats to beehives, put a smile on that special someones face with Action Aid’s awesome collection of charity Christmas gifts. There is truly something for everyone! Check it out here.

2. Support One Kind Act’s 2020 Christmas Appeal!

One Kind Act Changes Communities, and the lives of others globally who may have fallen through the net of the larger charities. See how your donation will help someone in need this Christmas:

  • £10 to buy a child a Christmas present
  • £10 to buy & deliver a bag of festive foods to vulnerable families
  • £20 to buy and deliver all the winter necessities to the homeless.

Donate here!

3. Enter into the £4,000 in the ‘Sense’ Christmas raffle!

Raffle tickets cost just £1, and each one you buy could help to ensure that no child who is deafblind or has complex disabilities misses out on experiencing the joy of Christmas.

Yours could be the gift of communication, helping a ‘Sense’ Children and Family Support Worker teach a child who is deafblind their first signs so they can tell their family they love them and even join us in a special sign and sing Christmas carol session.

Your raffle ticket money could also help ‘Sense’ to bring Christmas joy for children who are deafblind through our sensory festive activities. Each child will enjoy the scents, textures, and twinkling lights we all associate with this special time of year.

Enter now!

4. Volunteer with ‘Crisis’ this Christmas

From Newcastle to London, from Edinburgh to Birmingham – there are many locations nationwide that you can help provide vital services to during one of the hardest times of the year.

At Christmas, and throughout the year, ‘Crisis’ helps people directly out of homelessness, and campaigns for the social changes needed to solve it altogether. Their event will look different this year, but they will still be offering connection, care, food, essentials and gifts to their guests through the delivery and remote services offered.

Fancy being a volunteer? Found out how!

5. Support the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

Many Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be running a Christmas Present Appeal, collecting donated presents until mid-December.

You can support your local Christmas Present Appeal by finding your nearest appeal and donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.

The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.

What are you thankful for in 2020? 4 positive stories from this year!

2020, where do we begin? It’s be the most surreal year of our lives, and certainly one of the most challenging for students. However, amid the disruption and chaos the pandemic has caused, good news prevails! Here are 4 positive stories to come out of this year.


Capt. Tom Moore
The Guardian Newspaper


  • Captain Tom Moore raises £32 million for NHS charities

Capt. Tom Moore originally aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The World War 2 veteran went on to raise a staggering £32 million. He captured the hearts of our nation, so much so that he was even directly addressed by Prime minister, Boris Johnson. “Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation, you’ve created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS who have all been doing the most outstanding job.”


Marcus Rashford
Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images


  • Marcus Rashford’s ambassador work for FareShare helps millions

“I’m by no means a politician,” said Marcus Rashford in a British Vogue interview earlier this year, “but I had a voice and a platform that could be used to at least ask the questions.” This year the Manchester United footballer and campaigner emerged as a prominent figure with regards to ending child poverty in the UK, so much so, that his efforts earnt him an MBE.

Rashford’s tireless campaigning towards ensuring all children have access to school meals has brought the best out of thousands of businesses, many of who joined together on social media to offer support after 322 UK politicians voted against Rashford’s request to extend the free school meal vouchers scheme for struggling families until Easter 2021.

In 2019, it was reported that 1.3 million children receive free school meals and it’s estimated 900,000 more have sought a free meal since lockdown, according to BBC News.


Karl Heidel – BBC News


  • Girl, 11, reaches 7.1m keepy-uppy target for charity

Imogen Papworth-Heidel completed her challenge to reach 7.1 million keepy-uppies, one for every UK key worker, to raise money for a number of charities. She completed a total of 1,123,586 keepy-uppies during an unbroken 195-day run, reaching more than 7,000 a day during lockdown and the summer holidays.

The remaining 5,976,414 were donated by around 2,000 people who took videos of themselves joining in the challenge, and emailed them to Imogen’s parents. Among these people, the England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.


Paris Climate Agreement
(Photo: UN Climate Change/Flickr)


  • USA set to re-join Paris Climate Agreement, shortly after withdrawing from it

Newly elected President Joe Biden recently tweeted “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.” In response to the USA withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Paris Agreement’s overall goal is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. America’s re-joining, and new outlook towards the agreement, could have a substantially positive effect on the organisations long-term aims.

The BEST ice-breaker tips: Get to know your flatmates!

Meeting new people is a daunting prospect for many students, but rest-assured, everyone is in the same boat! Getting to know the people you’ll be living with is important, especially during times like these. Who knows, your first meeting could be the start of a life-long friendship! Here are three tips to help you break the ice with your new flatmates:⠀

1. Utilise social spaces where safe to do so ⠀

If you are sharing a communal area with the other students in your bubble, join the private residents page of your site and arrange a get-together! Whether you chat over a nice cuppa or make a meal together, this is a great way to break the ice quickly and engage in conversation!⠀

2. Arrange a pub/virtual quiz ⠀

If you don’t feel comfortable socialising in person with your flatmates, platforms like ‘zoom’ make it possible for you to talk to them from the comfort of your own room! A funny quiz or a game of ‘Cards Against Humanity’ is a sure-fire way to get the jokes cracking between you and your new friends!⠀

3. Go on a walk, run or bike-ride⠀

Your flatmates are also new to the area, why not explore together? Naturally a new environment will spark tons of conversation and interesting topics to chat about. Being outdoors amongst nature is also a great way to boost your mood and well-being!

5 tips when moving into your student accommodation



Many of our students are either currently moving into their new accommodation, or are due to move-in soon! Here are 5 tips to help you get settled in!


1. Make a check list!

Whether you’re a minimalist or not, creating a check-list is a simple way to make note of everything you need to bring with you, and will certainly help you keep track of your belongings! Although, don’t be surprised if you leave something important at home – it happens to the best of us!

2. Get to know the area

The first week is always a busy one – there’s moving in, unpacking, food-shopping and cooking to think about! But we also suggest that you do a bit of research about where you are living, and find the location of your nearest supermarket, doctor, dentist and of course, takeaway!

3. Socialise!

Covid restrictions might limit certain activities, but there are endless ways to socialise with the people you live with! You could arrange a virtual pub quiz, a game of cards against humanity, or even a Netflix party – it really doesn’t matter! Having fun and talking to new people is a great way to take your mind off things and get connected!

Getting to know the people you live with over a fun zoom call is the perfect way to socialise in a safe environment.


4. Budget!!

Within your first week, we advise creating a budget sheet. From this, you can plan out how much you’ll be spending on things like food and socialising. Whether you plan weekly, monthly or even for the whole year – you’re much less likely to need to ask your friends to buy you a drink when you fully understand your expenses!

Using a simple budget sheet will mean you are able to plan ahead and budget for food, nights-out, clothes and so on.


5. Learn to cook

We’re not talking about turning you into the next Gordon Ramsay here, but when you learn how to cook quick, simple and healthy meals, not only will your diet improve, but so will your mental health and wellbeing!


Top 4 reasons why Birmingham is a great place to study

Location, location, location

Birmingham is the UK’s ‘second city’, and is a melting pot of industry and culture. You can be in Central London in less than 2 hours, but also within easy reach of beautiful countryside and over 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces. Birmingham International airport is also on your doorstep.

Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, which is said to be more than Venice.


Birmingham has a great selection museum and galleries to explore. Discover the rich history of the city and the inspiration for hit series Peaky Blinders, or J.R.R.Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings.


Birmingham is home to a number of universities and over 80,000 students. The University of Birmingham is recognised in the top 1% of universities across the world and has one of the largest international student communities in the UK, with 5000 students from 150 countries.

Birmingham is the UK’s largest center of higher education outside London.

Shopping & food

The Bullring & Grand Central has been the city’s historic market centre since 1166. It has over 160 shops across three level. The bottom floor is one huge food hall, and the other floors have a massive selection of clothes shops. Perfect for student shopping!

Did you know – 15,500 tonnes of steel are in Bullring… that’s a ¼ of the steel in the Empire State Building!


On university campus there are plenty of options for food, drinks and snacks. And the city centre has more than 300 restaurants, cafes and bars in the city alone – plus hundreds more serving dozens of different world cuisines.

Events & nightlife

Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under-25s accounting for nearly 40% of its population. Needless to say, Birmingham is great for a student night out!

Broad Street boasts half a mile of clubs and bars including Risa, Revolution and Walkabout.


The O2 Academy Birmingham hosts incredible live bands. You can enjoy the best upcoming musical talent, but also internationally renowned artists.

Looking for student accommodation in Birmingham?

Check out our awesome choice of all-inclusive student accommodation in Birmingham. All perfectly placed to experience the best of the city.

B16 Studios is minutes’ away from Birmingham City University (South Campus) and has a free on-site gym, cinema room & games room.


Lucas Studios is just 7 minutes’ from Aston University. Many have their own private terrace or balcony to relax on.


The Recording Rooms is only 2 minutes’ walk to the University of Birmingham. And has a range of ensuite & studio rooms.

5 useful hacks for students this Halloween

Take a look at our helpful hacks for a cheap and fun Halloween. Whether hosting a party in your student flat, or if you’re off out into town, we’ve got you covered:

  1. Costumes

Here’s a top 10 list of cheap costumes ideas that are perfect for any last-minute Halloween party invites. Our favourites are the light-up jellyfish hat and pop-art face paint!

  1. Decorations

These bin bag spiders webs are a great way to decorate your student flat. And these floating ghosts are fun to make with your housemates; all you need to do is drape cheesecloth over a balloon or Styrofoam ball using PVA glue.

  1. Food

Check out these delicious spider cupcakes which are super easy to rustle up in a student kitchen. And there’s a huge selection of spooky recipes here – we love the pumpkin hummus and slime bug cups.

  1. Drinks

Get creative and make creepy ice cubes. Simply add a spot of food colouring to water, or even a few gummy worms. This sherbet punch recipe is non-alcoholic and makes a great centrepiece to your Halloween refreshments table.

  1. Games

There are some classic student Halloween games such as mummy wrap (all you need is some toilet paper!), and foodie ones such as doughnuts on a string or face the cookie.


We host free on-site events for all residents at our accommodation sites. From Pancake Day, to Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Take a look at all the free fun you could be having when living with Universal Student Living!