Dating on a Dime on Valentines Day

Whether it’s a first date or a long-term lover, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to leave you drowning in overdraft. There are plenty of low-cost, romantic activities on offer, no matter where you study. Here are some ideas to help you knock the socks off that special someone!

1. Bargain Hunt

Are you a food fiend? Eating out can be inexpensive if you’re willing to look past the high-street chains. Go for small, family-run businesses that are high quality, charming, and cheap. There are also dozens of apps that offer huge discounts on local restaurants, allowing a fine dining experience at throwaway prices!

2. Master Chef

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Jamie Oliver? You can enjoy exquisite cuisine in the comfort of your student accommodation for just a fraction of the price. Just brush off those crumbs from yesterday’s late-night pizza and light some candles. If you set the mood right, your date will be eating out of your hand in no time!

3. View Finder

Often, the most special moments are the simple ones. Consider finding a nice quiet spot with a view over the city – a bridge, a rooftop, or even a multi-storied car park. Bring a bunch of grapes or a glass of wine, and watch the world go about its day as you feel the wind in your hair.

4. Sweet Serenade

Most student cities will have plenty of cheap or free live music open to all. Whether it’s jazz down at the local pub or a student band debut in the common room — live music provides a romantic atmosphere for the perfect date.

5. Home Cinema

Why go to the movies when you have Netflix? Choose from a wide variety of entertainment options without even having to leave your student accommodation! Dim the lights, grab some popcorn and snuggle up to a classic rom-com.

6. Know Your Audience

There’s no need to bury your partner in teddies and heart-shaped balloons. A simple, thoughtful gesture is all you need to woo your date, like a small bunch of hand-picked flowers or a box of chocolates. Baking some homemade cookies or making a playlist will also go down a treat with the one you want to impress.

Don’t have a date lined up this February? Lucky for you, there’ll be plenty of others within your student accommodation in the same boat. Why not get together, order some pizzas, or hit the town? Friendship is the best kind of love, after all.

Written by Holly Young

Campus Accommodations vs Off-Campus

Australia is undergoing a rapid influx of overseas students due to high-quality life, world-class institutions, and great natural landscapes and beautiful scenery. This increasing student population also needs a place to stay equipped with all the facilities for a comfortable living. International students have two main options to choose from – campus halls and purpose-built student accommodations (PBSAs). 

Campus Halls (On-Campus Accommodation)

Students need to be aware that accommodation at Australian universities is quite different from what many of you will be accustomed to because the universities provide little or no university housing. While on-campus accommodation does exist sparingly, all of them are allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Due to this most students prefer to live off-campus through homestay programs, guest house, or rental properties.

The prices and availability of campus halls vary according to the university, so students should contact their institution prior to their arrival in the country. These accommodations have their own benefits as well. 

  • It allows students to have great deal convenience and comfort with facilities like labs, libraries, gyms, dining halls and more are available at an arm’s length. 
  • Students are in the centre of campus life and are exposed to people from diverse backgrounds and culture. This helps students to interact and learn about the culture and values.
  • You don’t have to worry about security as the universities follow a set of guidelines that help students live in a secure environment. 

Purpose-Built Student Accommodations (PBSAs)

When campus halls are no longer available, students can opt for purpose-built student accommodations (PBSAs). As the name suggests these accommodations are designed keeping in mind the comfort and needs of students. These accommodations are located at a walking distance from the city’s top universities and offer a multitude of onsite amenities. 

The prices of PBSAs vary depending on the location and the type of room you choose to opt. They offer a wide range of room types — studios, apartments, en-suite rooms as well as shared rooms. The advantages of staying in these accommodations are easy access to different modes of public transport, important places of interest such as hospitals, supermarkets, bars, and more. Other benefits of staying in a PBSA includes: 

  • Students living off-campus have full independence which helps them to become self-reliant and fast track into maturity and adulthood. 
  • There are plenty of on-site amenities like card-operated laundry, games room, study spaces, fitness centre, swimming pool, barbecue, and more.
  • Off-campus accommodations provide an environment where you can study peacefully either in your room or in the designated study areas. 

PBSAs also have housekeeping staff to look after the cleanliness of the communal areas and modern security features to ensure the safety and security of the residents. 

Conclusion

Whichever option you choose, on-campus vs off-campus debate depends on what you seek most in an accommodation. Cost, Comfort, and Convenience are the three main factors to look after while choosing any accommodation. 

7 New Year Resolutions You Need to Know

Adiós 2019, Hola 2020!

A new year calls for a fresh start, but that’s easier said than done. Sticking to new year resolutions and goals isn’t easy, which is why we’ve created a simple list of lifestyle changes that are totally doable. Follow these 7 new year resolutions to take 2020 by storm!

1. Start Small

Give yourself short-term goals and build up to them by introducing micro-routines in your daily life. Taking small steps at regular intervals will help you stay focused and stay on the right path. Otherwise, you open yourself up to being overwhelmed and risk burning out.

For example, When you’re working on a big project it is better to break it down into bite-sized tasks and set far more specific milestones. This will keep you motivated and moving in the right direction.

2. Create a Morning Routine

You might have heard it before but let’s be real, time and again it has been proven how powerful a morning routine is. Having a good morning routine can make all the difference in being more productive at work or lectures, accomplishing goals, feeling organized, and doing all of this with confidence.

Get enough shut-eye by sticking to a regular sleep cycle. It not only makes you more lively and energised but also improves concentration and reduces stress. Incorporate a morning workout session followed by a heavy breakfast so you’re ready to take on the world! Gratitude journaling before you start the day can be very helpful as well.

3. Declutter

Your productivity will take a hit if you’re living in a messy space. Organise your room and/or workspace in such a way so that you never have to rummage for the essentials. Remove items and peripherals that are unnecessary from your immediate environment and you will start to notice that you can still get your work done with less.

This doesn’t mean that you have to throw away everything, but you do need to be mindful of the things you use every day. Decluttering and removing the excess from your home or workspace will have a really positive impact on your life, health, and well-being.

4. Detox Your Social Media

If you’re like us, you probably spend countless hours glued to your phone hopping from one app to another as soon as you grab your phone. Turning off notifications from apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others, while keeping it on only for essential apps will reduce the need of checking your phone every millisecond. These constant notifications are quite distracting and damaging to our mental health at the worst!

Keeping a tab on your social media usage by switching off your phone when you study, read, hang out with friends or relax at home. This will exponentially boost your efficiency and will help you focus and engage, both of which are essential skills for success in studies. 

5. Don’t Wait for Inspiration

English poet Edward Young once said – “Procrastination is the thief of time”. You can’t procrastinate your way out of important things that need to be done. The key is to not rely on those fleeting moments of inspiration and to just begin with tasks at hand.

Follow the rule ‘if it can be done in less than 5 minutes, do it now’ and you will notice the difference soon in your life. 

6. Learn Something new

Learning must go on in life as it enhances the quality of life and offers you an escape when you need it, knowledge when you seek it, and a great pastime. When we learn something new, we feel better and more confident in ourselves. Nowadays it has become quite easy to know about various things and you can learn new things each day through various platforms like podcasts, PlayerFM, and more. 

These are a great source of useful information and very productive use of your time. You can ask for recommendations from your professors if you want to expand your expertise in your area of study.

7. Get more Involved Outside of Lectures

It is good to focus on studies and get good grades in your exams but it is also advised to get involved in activities outside of lecture halls. These activities will help you create a community away from home and can change your entire university experience. 

You will get to learn to manage time, organizational skills and improved self-confidence. Additionally,  all these extracurricular activities will look astounding on your resume after you graduate and will give you an edge over others.

We’re not gonna lie, following through with these 7 new year resolutions won’t be a cakewalk. You won’t see results overnight, so it’s important to keep at it. Good luck!

Best Cities to Live and Study in Australia

With seven Australian cities ranked amongst the top 100 in the QS Best Student Cities 2019, the country stands out as one of the most attractive places to study abroad, offering students a high-quality education at beautiful locations.

Below are the 7 best Australian cities to be a student – all offering at least two globally ranked universities, plus a unique study abroad experience.

1. Melbourne

Melbourne is considered as one of the most livable Australian city because of its cultural, nightlife, entertainment on offer plus excellent public transport. It is also known as the cultural capital of Australia as it is jam-packed with a variety of entertainment options like live music, comedy or sporting events.

Student Cities Melbourne

It is home to seven world-class universities like the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, Victoria University, La Trobe University, and more. The city boasts beautiful beaches, modern architecture, and a high standard of living. It is highly rated in entertainment, tourism, sport, education, health care, research and development and was ranked as the world’s most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 until 2017. 

Click on the link to know about the Cost of Living in Melbourne

2. Sydney

Best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, this city is the capital of NSW( New South Wales)  and one of Australia’s largest cities. Sydney ranks well in terms of desirability, employability, student mix, and more. It has a winning combination of a superior quality of life coupled with a mesmerizing mix of beaches and sprawling green spaces.

Student cities Sydney

It is home to some of the country’s most respected universities like University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, UNSW Sydney, and more. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, it ranks amongst the top ten most livable cities. 

Read here: Cost of Living in Sydney

3. Canberra 

The capital city of Australia, Canberra is the largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. Like all other Australian cities, Canberra scores quite well in the ‘student mix’ category, reflecting its large and internationally diverse student population.

Student cities Canberra

It is home to some of Australia’s highest-ranked university like Australian National University, University of Canberra, and more. Despite being an expensive place to live, the city offers a great environment for university study. Canberra also has plenty of attractions for you to explore – including its own (man-made) lake right in the city centre, and numerous nature reserves all around. 

Exploring the Bush Capital, read this blog to know more about Canberra 

4. Brisbane 

One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane is a lively subtropical paradise with a thriving food scene, coffee culture, music and art scene. The people of Brisbane are quite friendly and have a laid back attitude. It is home to four major multi-campus universities, namely The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, and The University of Southern Queensland.

Brisbane Student Cities

Brisbane also offers an ideal mix for students seeking a balance between academic and social life. Beautiful beaches, a sunny climate and a sporting culture coexist with a cosmopolitan Central Business District (CBD) area offering a trendy nightlife and arts scene. 

Read here about: Cost of Living in Brisbane

5. Adelaide 

Known as The Festival City, Adelaide is the fifth-largest city of Australia. It is known for its world-class wine, mouth-watering food, pristine coastline, and attractive wide boulevards. The city is also within easy reach of the Adelaide Hills which offer great hiking and cycling trails, wildlife-watching, and more.

Student cities Adelaide

It is home to three public universities featured in the QS World University Rankings: the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, and Flinders University. The city achieves its best score in the ‘student mix’ category, with a good number of international students from all over the world. 

Read here:  Cost of Living in Adelaide 

6. Perth

Located on the Western coast, Perth is a beautiful city blessed with a seemingly endless stretch of snow-white sand. It is home to four public universities and one private university: the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Student Cities Perth

It is ranked amongst the top 30 best student cities in the world, scoring well for both desirability and student mix. The climate of the city is something to die for with sunny summers, mild winters, an average of nine hours of sunshine a day, and over 100 perfectly clear, cloudless days every year. 

Read this blog to know more about Perth:  Explore the City with the Highest Number of Millionaires

7. Gold Coast

Located in Queensland, south of Brisbane, Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city of Australia with surfing beaches, high-rise dominated the skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland. The city boasts 52km of golden sands and over 250 sunny days per year, and even has a suburb named ‘Surfer’s Paradise’.

Gold Coast Student Cities

It has lush green, subtropical rainforest of three national parks, with many mountains, plenty of natural rock formations, and spectacular waterfalls. Gold Coast is home to two major university campuses, namely Bond University at Robina and Griffith University at Southport. It also offers a vibrant nightlife welcoming the party-loving night owls with laid-back music venues and rooftop bars.

 

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.

Fireworks

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. 

Affordability

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.

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