7 Thanksgiving Facts You Should Know

From which president made Thanksgiving an official holiday to how many turkeys the Americans consume on the holiday, these Thanksgiving facts work perfectly as no-fuss conversation starters that won’t begin arguments as you pass the peas.

1. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted for three days.

Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated only for one day — maybe two if you count Black Friday.  In the year 1621, the settlers’ first corn harvest came out to be good and therefore Governor William Bradford invited the Plymouth colonists’ Native American allies to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. The Wampanoag tribe members brought a variety of food to share and as they joined the Pilgrims, the revellers decided to extend the affair.

2. The menu for the first Thanksgiving dinner in Plymouth—was not Turkey.

Nobody is quite sure if the mighty bird that now marks the centrepiece of our tables was even part of the actual menu. However, few records prove the people back then indulged in other interesting foods like local fowl, deer, seals, and lobsters.

3. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924 didn’t feature any balloons rather it had live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

Yes! The first parade which made its big debut in 1924 had animals including bears, elephants, camels, and monkeys from the Zoo. In addition to the animals, there were four bands, a large Santa float, and costumed Macy’s employees, also. 

4. Thanksgiving leftovers inspired the first-ever TV dinner.

In 1953, the influential food corporation Swanson & Sons accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of turkeys. To get rid of them all, salesman Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminium trays with 260 tons of leftover meat and sell them. The idea was a hit, especially amongst kids and busy households. 

5. Earlier Thanksgiving was celebrated on the third Thursday in November — not the fourth.

President Lincoln established the Thanksgiving holiday in 1863 on the fourth Thursday of November but in 1939 President Roosevelt tried to change the date, making it fall a week later. He believed that this would boost trade and alleviate the crippling economy but the idea didn’t catch on and the date of the celebration was moved back to the original one. 

6. Americans Consume around 46 Million Turkeys on Thanksgiving each year.

While not so popular the rest of the year, turkey is a massive hit for Thanksgiving, perhaps because it really serves a crowd. This is twice the number of Turkeys that are eaten the following month, on Christmas Day. 

7. The woman behind “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is also responsible for giving it recognition as a national holiday.

It is believed that, in part, the decision was taken after Sarah Josepha Hale lobbied Congress for years to make Thanksgiving an official holiday. If it wasn’t for this resolute woman, this wonderful day wouldn’t exist today.

If you know more such facts, do let us know by a tweet on our handle living_uni and showcase your knowledge to the rest of the people. 

Top 10 Universities Offering Cheap Courses in Australia

Australia offers quality education at an affordable tuition fee and thus has the third-largest number of foreign students behind the USA and UK. Most of the Universities are government-funded and offer plenty of cheap courses to students.

Cost of vocational and training (TAFE) courses varies between A$3,500 and A$18,500 depending on whether you want a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma. Below are some of the cheap universities in Australia on the basis of tuition fee and courses offered:

1.) University of Divinity 

It is a collegiate university offering vocational and cheap courses in Australia. It is the direct successor of the Melbourne College of Divinity, which is the second oldest degree-granting authority in the State of Victoria. 

The university offers courses around four broad areas of study: Humanities, Biblical Studies, Christian Thought & History, and Theology: Mission and Ministry.

 Starting tuition fee: A$14,700 /year

  Application fee: A$300

2.) University of Southern Queensland 

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a regional university offering cheap courses in Australia in its three university campuses at Toowoomba, Springfield, and Ipswich.

It offers undergraduate courses in a variety of areas of study like Law and Justice, Health, Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, Business and Commerce, Education, and the Arts. 

Starting tuition fee: A$24,000 /year

Application fee: Nil

3. )University of Queensland

Located in the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane, UQ is Australia’s fifth oldest university, and colloquially known as a sandstone university. It is one of the leading Australian Universities and is ranked 47th in the world by the QS World Rankings 2019. 

UQ offers associate, bachelor, master, doctoral, and higher doctorate degrees in Business, Economics, Journalism, Computer Science and more. The university is also ranked 57th in the world according to the graduate employability rankings.   

Starting tuition fee –  A$25,800 / year

Application fee: A$100

4.) University of Canberra 

It is a public university located in Bruce, Canberra and offers a plethora of  cheap courses in Australia

UC offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees covering five areas: Health, Art and Design, Business, Government and Law, Education, Science, and Technology

Starting tuition fee –  A$26,800 / year

Application fee: Nil

5.) Charles Darwin University

Established in 2003, Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university and a member of the group of seven Innovative Research Universities in Australia. 

The university offers a wide array of higher education degrees and vocational education and training courses in  Aboriginal and Australian Studies, Business and Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Health, and more. Students have flexible study options, including part-time, external and online so they can complete the course as per their convenience. 

Starting tuition fee –  A$26,760 / year

Application fee: Nil

6.) Victoria University 

It is a dual-sector tertiary institution offering courses in both higher education and Technical and Further Education. It has three campuses in Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD). 

VU offers undergraduate courses in a variety of disciplines, including Business, Information Systems, and Creative Arts, with its Computer Science course, recognised internationally. 

Starting tuition fee –  A$28,600 / year

Application fee: Nil

7.)  Western Sydney University 

Founded in 1989, Western Sydney University is a renowned university with a growing international reach and reputation for academic excellence and impact-driven research.

It is ranked 25th in Australia and 5th in Sydney as per the QS World University Rankings, 2019. The university offers a wide range of cheap courses like Humanities and Communication Arts, Science and Health, Business, Law, Health, and more. 

Starting tuition fee –  A$30,200 / year

Application fee: A$50

8.) Edith Cowan University 

Named after the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament, Edith Cowan, it is an Australian public university located in Perth, Western Australia. 

The university offers more than 300 courses across two metropolitan campuses, in Mount Lawley and Joondalup and many of them are also offered for study online. It is also home to the WA Screen Academy, one of Australia’s leading film schools.

Starting tuition fee –  A$31,800 / year

Application fee: Nil

9.) University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is the third-oldest public university in Australia with its main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre. It is ranked 106 in the world by the QS World University Rankings,2019. 

It offers undergraduate degrees across various faculties, namely Arts, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences,  Health and Medical Sciences, Business, Economics, Finance, and more. 

Starting tuition fee –  A$32,500 / year

Application fee: A$100

10.) RMIT 

Located on the northern edge of the historic Hoddle Grid in the heart of Melbourne, RMIT is an Australian public research university founded by Francis Ormond in 1887. 

It is ranked 17th in the World for art and design subjects in the QS World University Rankings 2019, making it the top art and design university in Australia. RMIT offers degrees in a variety of courses like Business and Management, Communications and Media Studies, Development Studies, Structural Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and more. 

Starting tuition fee –  A$33,600 / year

Application fee: A$100


The Amazing Story behind Bonfire Night Celebrations

If you have ever been to Britain on the evening of 5th November, you might wonder why you can hear fireworks and see people gathering in various parks and gardens enjoying a bonfire night, but what is it about?

Find out the story behind this well-loved event in this blog.

What is Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night or Guy Fawkes Day is an annual ceremony observed on 5 November, primarily in the UK. It is the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. 

It’s that time of year when the people in Britain gather in parks to watch effigies burn on bonfires and fireworks light up the sky, wrapped up in woolly hats and gloves.


What was the Gunpowder Plot and Who was Guy Fawkes?

In 1605, a group of angry Catholic revolutionaries of which Guy ( Guido) Fawkes was a part, wanted to blow up King James Ⅰ and his government.  This was because the men were furious over the persecution of their faith in England, which was then a Protestant country. All of them wanted England to be a Catholic country again, which they thought could only be possible if they killed King James I and his ministers. 

They plotted to blow up the Houses of Westminster – killing the King and scores of noblemen during the State Opening of Parliament on November 5. 

In order to execute their plans, Fawkes and his group put 36 barrels of gunpowder in cellars underneath the Parliament. He was a military guy with 10 years of experience and therefore was charged with guarding the barrels. 

Guy Fawkes

However, one member of the group sent a letter to his friend working in the Parliament, warning him to stay away from there. But due to luck, the king’s supporters got hold of the letter and the entire plot was rumbled! 

But two hours before the barrels were due to blow, guards broke into the cellars where the gunpowder was stored and arrested Guy Fawkes.

Why it is Celebrated? 

Those Loyal to the King celebrated the fact he had survived an attack that would have killed him. They burnt massive bonfires with a dummy man on top of them. However, the celebrations were made official months later when an annual holiday was enforced titled the ‘Observance of 5th November Act’.

Bonfire Night

But due to religious sentiments linked with the plot, the celebration initially had strong undertones of Anti-Catholic gatherings. 

In modern times people light bonfires, enjoy colourful fireworks, food and drink, alongside music, and family activities.

If you wish to enjoy this day with your family and friends, visit the Alexandra Palace and Battersea Park which will host some of the most epic firework displays. There will be a variety of events like feature film screenings, ice skating, live music, and funfair rides.

Remember, remember the 5th of November!

Top 10 Haunted Universities of the World

In the spirit of Halloween, we have put together 10 of the world’s most haunted universities and colleges just in time for the spooky season. Here, student witnesses swear of seeing things that are sure to send chills down your spine and remind you never to roam the university halls by yourself!

1.  Heidelberg University, Germany 

This university has a long and dark history. Founded in 1386, the Heidelberg University campus is haunted by the spirits of women forced to undergo sterilization at the university clinic.  The clinic is considered the creepiest place on campus where students can hear the haunting screams of women even today.

The lecture halls at Heidelberg University are also claimed to be haunted by the ghosts of professors who were brutally murdered by the Nazis. They are said to manifest their presence through chalkboards that erase themselves and mysterious words written on the board overnight when the classroom would be presumably empty.

2.  Gettysburg College, USA 

What do you get when you have a 186-years-old building marked by the history of carnage and violence of the Civil War? A haunted university! The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle in North America and has many ghost stories. The college used to be a hospital for wounded soldiers of both the Union and Confederacy.  

Several students have seen armed sentinels crossing the campus after dark. and of the “blue boy”, a little boy whose face is entirely blue. Some college staff said they once used the lift to reach the first floor of the college but were instead taken to the basement, which is said to be haunted by bloodstained Civil War doctors. In there, they couldn’t believe their eyes as they saw what seemed like a hospital scene with wounded soldiers and doctors attending to them. 

3.  University of St Andrews, Scotland 

Dating back almost six centuries, the University of St Andrews was founded in 1413. It is the first university in Scotland and also one of the most haunted universities in the world. It is home to poltergeists and restless souls. 

St. Andrews haunted universities

St Rule’s Tower in St Andrews Cathedral is haunted by a ‘ghostly monk’, who ensures the safety of visitors venturing forth into the tower. Other notorious sightings include the spirit of the ‘white lady of St Andrews’ who strolls across the cathedral grounds, particularly in October and November. 

4.  La Trobe University, Melbourne

Established in 1964, La Trobe University was once used to house mentally-ill patients in the Mont Park Asylum. Tales of patients who have never really left are inevitably passed on from one student cohort to the next.

La Trobe haunted universities

A particularly popular story is that of a music box playing an uncanny tune in certain areas of the university. It is said that the music box was of a young girl admitted as a patient but was never allowed to play with her toys. Now, after her death, she ventures out in the night to do all the playing she was never able to do when she was alive.

And that’s not just it! According to the Student Union of La Trobe University, there have also been alleged ghost sightings in various parts of the university’s main campus. 

5.  University of Toronto, Canada

While the University of Toronto is widely known for its strong academic reputation, it’s also one of the most haunted universities around the world. Christie Mansion, a building on the university campus, was apparently the site of an illicit love affair where two stonemasons who tried killing each other over a woman.

Haunted universities of Toronto

One of them was Ivan Reznikoff and his body was buried on campus. To this day, it is said that his ghost roams the campus. Professors, students, and even security staff have heard banging from empty rooms, objects mysteriously moving, and spectres that suddenly vanish into thin air. 

6.  University of Alabama, USA

Founded 187 years ago, the University of Alabama is rife with ghost stories. It is said that the Gorgas House, one of the oldest buildings in the campus, is being haunted by the former university president, Josiah Gorgas. Faculty and students have sometimes heard footsteps and the clanging of his sword.

The university was initially used as a military academy in 1860 to train Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. A few buildings dating back from the period have survived and many people have witnessed some paranormal activities there. 

7.  RMIT University, Australia

Given RMIT’s close proximity to the infamous Old Melbourne Gaol (one of Melbourne’s most haunted locations), it is no wonder that many ghost sightings in its buildings have been reported by staff and students alike.

According to some YouTubers, it turns out that buildings 1, 11, 13, 20, and 24 are supposed hotspots for paranormal activities once night falls. Looks like your late-night study sessions in these buildings may turn out to be a little more interesting than expected.

8.  University College London, UK

Founded in 1826, the University College London is haunted–that is, according to some of its 215,000 students who have had the unfortunate supernatural experience. It is said that the campus is haunted by a young girl Emma Louise, who would appear if her name is called thrice.

Haunted universities college London

She is said to have been killed in a tunnel that connects the modern campus building, now used for student accommodation, to the older Cruciform building. A group of students once decided to say her name three times and reported that they heard a young girl’s laughter and found the words “help me”, “die”, and “murder” written on the wall.

9.  Ohio University, USA 

Ghost hunters and paranormal activists are quick to call Ohio University one of the most haunted colleges in America. It is said to be harbouring ghosts and ghouls. According to believers, it was built on a burial ground having the unsanctified graves of patients from the Athens Lunatic Asylum. 

Ohio haunted universities

There is a famous legend that the dead body of an asylum patient in 1978, was found on the now-abandoned top floor of the university’s museum and art centre. It is also believed that the notorious Room 428 of Wilson Hall, where two students supposedly died mysterious deaths is extremely haunted. 

10.  University of Cambridge, UK

Founded in 1209, University of Cambridge is one of the world’s top universities and also among the oldest in England. So it should come as no surprise that it has a few resident ghouls. Amongst which the most famous is Oliver Cromwell, the late Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 

Haunted universities of Cambridge

He was executed and his body was supposedly dug up, hung, and beheaded three years after his death. Since then, his ghost has reportedly been spotted around the campus, perhaps in search of the rest of its body.

Are you brave enough to attend any of these haunted universities?

7 Reasons Why Australia is the Best Place to Study

Australia is a multicultural and dynamic country with energetic and friendly people. When you think of Australia, the first thing that comes to mind are kangaroos, wide-open spaces of the outback bush, koala colonies, Great Barrier Reef, and clean air and water. 

An increasing number of international students are opting for Australia due to its world-class education, hospitable climate, post-study work opportunities, and a high standard of living. 

If you’re thinking of studying abroad, here’s why Australia is one of the best places to live and study. 


Australia is currently ranked as the third most popular study destination for overseas students in the English-speaking world, behind the UK and the United States.

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Most of the courses taught in Australia are of shorter duration but are packed with an educational punch, so to speak. The courses offered in Australian universities are a lot cheaper than those offered by their counterparts in other popular education destinations.  

Quality of Education 

Australia has some of the best universities in the world with six of them featured in the prestigious top 100. Students have plenty of options to choose from in terms of courses in their chosen field as well as universities offering those courses. 

The Australian approach to vocational and technical education is recognised as one of the most innovative in the world,  thanks to its high-quality teaching. All the universities are focused on practical teaching and believe in nurturing student needs through a deep understanding of subjects. 

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Australia is quite high but cheaper when compared to the UK or US. The good thing is that a student gets value for their money in terms of the cost of living while staying in Australia. 

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To reduce your cost of living, opt for a purpose-built student accommodation which provides various amenities like Wi-Fi, gym, lounge area, and more. These amenities are usually included in the rent so you don’t have to pay anything extra from your pocket. 

Graduate Prospects

Overseas students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week while studying in any Australian university. You can use this opportunity to earn some money to offset living expenses during your stay. It will also help you to gain work experience in your field of interest while you study. 

Job opportunities after study in australia

After studying in Australia it’s quite easy to find a job so that you can make ends meet. There are several jobs on offer in an array of disciplines like agriculture, aeronautics, data analysis, cyber security, digital marketing, commercial analysis, software development, and more. 

Even if you decide to return back to your home country, your employer will surely be fascinated by your Australian degree and your international exposure.

Cultural Diversity 

Australia is among the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Its people are known for their sociable, open and relaxed lifestyle which will help you to make friends easily. The country has a reputation for being safe with a low crime rate and strict gun control laws. It has a vibrant art scene and charming laid-back atmosphere, and a high quality of life. 

Spectacular Landscape 

Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia is a wonderful blend of sandy beaches, breathtaking rainforests, deserts, world heritage sites, and inspiring landmarks. It is home to over 10,685 beaches, over 500 national parks, and a whopping 8,222 islands.  Enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling around the great Great Barrier Reef. 

Global Recognition

Any course or training undertaken by the students from any Australian university is highly valued by the companies and other educational institutes across the globe. These courses are covered by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is a system of learning authorised by the Australian government.

Check out this link to know about some mind-blowing facts about Australia.


5 Types of  Roommates You Will Meet in College

Moving to university is pretty daunting, and having to share a room with a complete stranger only adds to the anxiety. If there’s one thing about studying abroad that you should know, it’s the types of roommates to expect and how to deal with them!

1. The Clean Freak

These types of roommates are a challenge if you are someone who is quite lazy and has a habit of keeping things messy. These type of roommates will clean non-stop and insist that the room be clutter-free and spotless at all times.

Expect pep talks and snide remarks every now and then on your hygiene standards, but know that they mean well. 

Clean Freak types of roommates

How to deal with them: You can talk to them about creating a schedule for cleaning that suits you both. Lead with compassion and try to keep the mess to a minimum! 

2. The Party Animal

These types of roommates will never let you live or study in peace as they will always find an excuse to party. They constantly blast music, invite friends over and party hard till dawn.

Such roommates can be fun to hang out with. They’ll introduce you to new people and places. There will never be a dull moment! 

Party animal types of roommates

How to deal with them: Try talking to your flatmate about scheduling parties away from exams and weekdays. You can also try out some alternate places to study in, like the library or local cafe. 

3. The Slob 

These are some of the hardest roommates to coexist with as they literally never clean up after themselves. They also completely ignore the chore list that you both agreed to and are experts at making new excuses 

slob types of roommates

How to deal with them: Don’t bang your head against the wall if they repeat the same things again as old habits don’t die easily. Try to talk it out and if they still don’t change their habits don’t worry University Living has got you covered.

We provide a room replacement service in which you can have your room replaced if you are unhappy with the existing one due to any reason. 

4. The Passive-Aggressor 

This is the worst type of roommate you can encounter. They always find something to complain about but will avoid confrontation like the plague! You’ll recognise them from all the sticky notes they leave you to convey their disapproval. 

Passive Aggressive types of roommates

How to deal with them: Lay down ground rules from the very start to set expectations and encourage frank but polite communication. 

5. The Clinger

Ever had a roommate appeared right behind you every time you turn around? You’ve got a clinger. They will never leave you alone, be it shopping, watching a movie, eating out or meeting friends. 

The clinger will follow you everywhere and ask endless questions on just about anything.  They will be invested in the smallest details of your life and are least likely to take no for an answer. 

How to deal with them:  Resist the urge to call them a creep. It’ll only make matters worse! Try to be sensitive and focus on what they could do better instead of their flaws. 

No matter what kind of roommate you encounter, it is always important to talk things out. The best thing you can do is be calm, respectful, honest, and considerate because you’re roommates. Everyone needs their space, but you also need to live together peacefully and learn not to let things affect you too much. 

Just in case you can’t cope with the situations and want to replace your room. Don’t worry, University Living will always be there for your rescue.  You can also tweet us about the types of roommate you’ve lived with! 

Best UK Student Discount Cards for Irresistible Offers

Studying at a university is the best time of your life, but this memorable time comes with its costs. There are miscellaneous expenses apart from student accommodation which can burn a hole in your pocket. So it is better to save a little money while studying at university. There are a variety of student cards available in the UK, that can provide great discounts on things such as shopping, travel, and food. So we’ve curated a list of 7 of the best UK student discount cards that are worth your time! 

UK Student Discount Cards 

  1. NUS Discount Card
  2. University Student ID Card
  3. International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  4. UniDays Discount App
  5. 16-25 Railcard
  6. 18+ Student Oyster Card
  7. Student Debit Card
  8. Tesco Clubcard

What is an NUS card?

Run by the National Union of Students, an NUS card is one of the most popular UK student discount cards. It is aimed at helping students make their lives easier and more economical by availing discounts at various stores. 

TOTUM UK Student Discount Card

TOTUM, which was earlier known as the NUS Extra card, entitles you to student discounts in loads of major high street stores. It is also the only student discount card that can be used while shopping online. It provides unlimited music at half the price, access to student rates on TV and internet bills, and great deals on pizza, all for only £1 per month! You can get an annual card for £12 and it will help you save around £500 a year on an average. 

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) offers discounts to students in 130 different countries, with access to over 42,000 student benefits and discounts in close to 125,000 locations.

ISIC UK Student discount card

You can enjoy special discounts and offers on food, books, shopping, accommodation, and travel. Therefore it’s a perfect fit for both travelling and studying overseas. It is also considered an acceptable form of student ID in many UK stores.


UNiDAYS is a popular app among students as it offers them discounts both online and in-store. Signing up for it is completely free! You will just need your academic email address to create an account on it.

UNiDAYS offers student discounts on a variety of leading brands and retailers such as  Apple, Missguided, Benefit, Bella Italia, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and more. You can receive a 10%-50% discount, depending on the store, at the time of checkout. 

Requirements to use UNiDAYS

Anyone over 16 years old studying at a college or university in the UK can join UNiDAYS. You can set up an account by simply visiting their website and filling a quick registration form with an academic/institution email address (including ‘ac.uk’).

Student Beans

It is a student discount platform similar to UNiDAYS, offering UK student discount and student deals in-store and online. You can gain access to a wide range of discounts by just signing up to the Student Beans website. The best part? It is absolutely free. 

16-25 Railcard

Travelling can be expensive in the UK, especially by rail which can burn a hole in your pocket. So if you are planning to use train a lot for getting around the UK, investing in a railcard will be a smart move.

16-25 Railcard

It can be availed by anyone aged between 16 to 25 years, or over 25 and in full-time study. It is a worthy investment as it gives you 30 percent off standard rail fares and costs only £30 per year. You can add your railcard to your Oyster card if you’re planning on travelling around London and enjoy a 34 percent discount. 

18+ Student Oyster  

An 18+ student Oyster photocard offers 30 percent off adult-rate travel cards for use on all Transport for London services (i.e. underground, overground, buses and trams).

Oyster UK student Discount card

This card is only available to students aged 18 or over, staying in London and enrolled on a full-time or part-time course with the university. It is quite easy to apply for a Student Oyster photocard. You just need to pay a £20 administration fee and give a recent photo of yours.

Student Debit Card

When starting university, it is highly recommended that you sign up for a student bank account, designed exclusively for university students. Having an undergraduate bank account is quite helpful, as there is no minimum balance to be maintained and entails additional benefits such as an interest-free overdraft. 

Tesco Clubcard

Tesco Clubcard (commonly known as Clubcard) is the loyalty card of British supermarket chain Tesco. It is not a discount card but will help you while you do the weekly shopping. When you will shop at a Tesco, you will earn one point for every £1 (for every €1 in Ireland) spent whereas, for other services such as fuel, one point is earned for every £2 (€2 in Ireland) spent.

Tesco Clubcard: UK Student Discount Card

You will receive a statement and vouchers equivalent to the value of the points earned. These can be used with any of Tesco’s partners, including Pizza Express, Cineworld, and Uber. 

Think we missed something? Tweet us your favourite discount card and tips which can help students save money. 

Guide to UK Healthcare for International Students

Moving to a new country is a very difficult time for every student as there are a lot of things to work out. For instance, there are differences in weather, food, rules, and customs to deal with. In all these things we fail to pay attention to our health and fall prey to illness. However, you don’t have to worry as the UK healthcare is considered as the best healthcare system in the world. It provides free healthcare to all under the NHS (National Health Service) including full-time international students.

UK Healthcare

If you become unwell during your time in the UK then you’ll need to know the following things about the medical care you can receive. 

How does the UK Healthcare System work?  

In the UK, you’re entitled to receive NHS (National Health Service) Primary care medical services at a GP (general practitioner) surgery without charge. This is the first place to visit for medical treatment. You will need a letter from your College and your passport as proof you are a student. Most problems and illness can be treated by the GP, but if you need to see a specialist for specific treatment or tests that they may not be able to provide onsite. You have to take a referral from your GP and set an appointment before your visit.

Health Centres and GP surgeries are normally open during the daytime and early evening. In case of any emergency, you can visit the local hospital near your college which have an NHS Walk-in Clinic. If you have a minor health problem such as a cold, sore throat or dry skin, you can visit a pharmacy (chemist) to buy medicines.

However, if you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa and coming to the UK for 6 months or longer you will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application fee. You are not required to take a shot of any specific vaccinations to enter the UK. However, people of certain countries require screening for tuberculosis. You can bring vaccination records with you to show to a doctor if you need to.  

UK Healthcare stats

 If suffering from Pre-existing medical condition?

If you are suffering from a medical condition and are already receiving treatment for it or are on specific medication then it is even more important to register with a GP as soon as you arrive. This is important because it is highly likely you will need to see a doctor at some point during your stay at the university, even if only for a prescription or a check-up. This is also useful to you if you are awaiting test results or diagnosis from your doctors at home.

Priced Healthcare Services: 

Dental Treatment

In the case of dental treatment, you have to contribute towards the cost of your dental treatment even though you are covered under NHS treatment. If you are not covered under NHS or the dentist does not take NHS patients, in such case you have to pay the full amount of your treatment. 

UK Healthcare

However, you may be able to get free dental treatment from the students studying at a dental hospital. The best thing is that it applies to everyone whether they are entitled to NHS treatment or not.

Eye Treatment 

Eyecare is also not free under the NHS and you will normally have to pay a minimum charge for an eye test, around £20 on the NHS.  

UK Healthcare

Tip: You can apply for help with the cost of your eye test and glasses or contact lenses based on low income in the same way as for prescriptions and dental treatment.

These are some of the things to know before starting a new chapter in the UK.  

Top 5 Tips for Moving to Uni for the First Time

Moving away from home for the first time can be scary, especially when it’s the start of a whole new life. But don’t worry – the following tips will help you settle down into university life!

Set Yourself a Student Budget and Stick to It

It is important to give yourself a student budget every month to ensure you don’t excessively spend. Make yourself a spreadsheet with all your outgoings but save a little for those monthly treats. Shop the basics at supermarkets and cook up a gourmet meal for yourself at less. Check out this blog for saving money at food shops.

Attend the Fresher’s Fair and Fresher Events

In your first few weeks of being a newbie, make sure you get yourself down to the Freshers’ fair and grab yourself as many freebies as you can! Attend lots of fresher events for a chance to mingle and make some new friends.

Don’t forget to kit out your room with our good friends at UniKitOut

Purchase your bedding, bathroom, kitchen packs and all your extras BEFORE you arrive – don’t wait until the last minute for the shops to sell out and don’t waste your social time shopping for your bedding. Receive 10% off your orders when using the discount code TUL10 at checkout.

Get to Know Your City

Before you arrive in your chosen city of study, do some research to find out where the local shops, supermarkets, gyms, restaurants and doctors are. When you have arrived, spend your spare time walking around the city and getting to know the area.

Keep Fit and Healthy

Ensure you are eating a balanced diet and getting daily exercise. Meal prep healthy meals instead of getting a take away and walk to uni and to the nearest supermarkets instead of Uber-ing it. If you don’t want the expense of a gym, go for a run in the park.