The Union of Students in Ireland has joined forces with drinkaware.ie to launch the first ever Student Survival Guide. The Guide is packed full of useful tips on college life, moving out, managing your money (including some money-saving tips), finding your feet with new friends, joining clubs and socs, surviving those nights in and out, avoiding hangovers, looking after your health, studying (yes you do have to sit exams!), as well as details of a variety of support organisations who are available to helps students throughout the year.
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The Student Survival Guide has plenty of useful hints and tips such as:
- Photograph every part of your new place as soon as you move in, especially any existing stains, scuffs or damage. If there are any problems later – photos will help back up your side of the argument.
- Make a budget so you know how much money you’ve got for food, rent, phone credit, books and those nights out. If you are having financial difficulties, go to your Student’s Union and talk to them.
- To save money check out second-hand book sales, never shop hungry, avoid rounds in the pub and bring less money when you go out (always make sure you’ve got enough cash left for a taxi home).
- Making friends in college can be intimidating, don’t rely on booze to make you feel more socialable, remember everyone feels as nervous as you do so take a deep breath and let the fun start. Think about joining clubs and socs as a great way to get involved in the college and meet people.
- On nights in and out, don’t forget to pace yourself with water and food; drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea, and remember alcohol isn’t essential for a great night out (or in).
- Ditch the drinking games. They make everyone drink way too much, way too fast, and can have seriously dangerous consequences. There are better things to do at a party, like cheesy dance routines.
- On a night out, plan ahead how you will get home safe - take note of public transport times or the local taxi number in your phone.
- Health is your wealth – a diet of pot noodles and toast may be easy and cheap but you’ll only end up feeling run-down and sick. Invest in a cookbook or look up recipes for healthy dinner options
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