5 Coolest University Libraries

5 Coolest University Libraries

Time to get ~learnt~.

Ah, the library. As you’ve probably experienced, a school’s library becomes a second home to most students throughout the academic year. In fact, many schools have set up comfortable areas for students to study, write papers, do group work, and even sleep or exercise! With so many different institutions and set ups, we decided to compile a list of the top 5 coolest libraries around the world. These libraries will have you wishing you were studying!

 

 

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

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What if your library had a rooftop lounge? Delft University of Technology knows the feeling. The university’s library building is entirely covered in grass, making for a huge quad in which students hang out on and study.

 

University of Manchester, UK

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Two words: Sleeping. Pods. Need we say more? The University of Manchester installed sleeping pods for an informal experiment into how napping can optimize the brain’s ability to learn and take in information. If it means power naps while studying for finals, we’re all for it!

 

Loyola University, US

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Chicago’s Loyola University might actually have the best view out there. With a lake view, glass windows, and a new age digitized facility, this library is our personal favourite study spot from the list.

 

University of Utah, US

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You have to admit, walk stations are pretty cool. The University of Utah has countless walk/work stations throughout their library facility. For any kinaesthetic learner,  this library setup is a dream come true.

 

Free University of Berlin, Germany

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This unique library designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster is in the shape of a human brain! The library has several open-concept tiers where students can hangout, study, or read.

 

 

Does your or your friend’s school have an awesome library that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

 

5 Reasons You Should Live Off-Campus

5 Reasons You Should Live Off-Campus

Decisions, decisions.

A huge decision that new and seasoned students face alike, is whether to live on or off-campus. Although campus residences can seem both convenient and an easy way to make friends, there are actually a ton of important reasons to consider living off-campus. In fact, many of these factors may not only help you keep great grades but also a healthy mental and physical state! Here are our top 8 reasons you should consider living off-campus:

 

More Space

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If you’ve ever visited a campus residence, you know how limited space is in dorm rooms. Luckily, when living off-campus you are likely to have your own room and closet, as well as all of your preferred facilities (bathroom, microwave, etc.) directly within your unit.

 

More Privacy

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Why share a room with a complete stranger when you can have your own? No reason to ever be freaked out by a creepy roommate, a party boy/girl coming in with guests at all hours of the night, or worst yet SHARED BATHROOMS. Living off-campus ensures you have your own room and exponentially increases the amount of privacy at your disposal.

 

Better Food

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The perfect way to avoid countless cafeteria meals (and the dreaded freshman 15) is to take yourself out of the vicinity completely, by living off-residence. Without pre-made food options always prevailing, you are likely to make your own food with fresh ingredients, resulting in an overall healthier diet.

 

Save Money

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Residences are often especially expensive because they know parents and students will pay for the convenience. That being said, living off-campus will help you save tons of money while securing a bigger living space and more privacy.

 

Getaway From Campus

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Sometimes it can be beneficial to change your environment to clear your mind. Unfortunately, when living on campus, you rarely get that chance as classes and your home are in the same place. By contrast, living off-campus will allow you to decompress when you go home, and have your head in the game when on campus.

 

 

With all of these amazing advantages, the case for living off-campus is strong. Where would you rather live – on or off campus? Let us know where you prefer and why in the comment section below.

Spice Up Your Dorm Room

Spice Up Your Dorm Room

 It’s essential.

 

With limited space (and funds),  finding cool ways to spice up a dorm room has proven to be quite the challenge. That being said, as you may know – in the decorating world, a little goes a long way. Luckily there’s quite a few cheap accent pieces and quick DIY projects that can transform any space. We’ve come up with a list of 8 dorm room essentials, guaranteed to keep your place trendy.

 

 

Cute Plates

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Nice plates can be used anywhere- kitchen, bathroom, table/desk, you name it! Get creative by adding a nice dish somewhere in your space. Best of all, this decor idea is a perfect place to store keys, pens, or any other miscellaneous item, making it equally as functional as is fashionable. Want to find some on the cheap? Try looking in the dishes section at a thrift store.

 

Twinkly Light Signs

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Update the hanging the classic twinkly lights trend using a cardboard letter or design cutout. By placing the lights in the cutout, you can easily create your own custom-made marquee sign.

 

Throw Pillows

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Whether on a couch, chair, or bed, throw pillows of the appropriate style are guaranteed to add some color to your room and tie the space together. Best of all, buying a few pillows and cases can be quite cheap yet go a long way.

 

Table Book

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Looking for a great way to express your personal style on a budget? Try adding a table book to your coffee table or desk. With an abundance of possibilities from fashion brands and urban photography to classic cars or 50’s icons, there’s sure to be a table book that suits your style.

 

Ladder Side Table

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Need some extra storage? Try out a slightly more ambitious project like this DIY bookshelf made from an old wooden step ladder. With a surprisingly stylish/rustic look and various possible sizes, this is an ideal piece for any room.

 

What are your favorite tricks to spice up your dorm room? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

 

Delicious (and Healthy) Study Snacks

Delicious (and Healthy) Study Snacks

Healthy food=better grades.

Achieving high passing grades tends to be the main focus throughout tertiary education for most students. However, between countless sleepless nights and an abundance of exams/assignments, students’ bodies are constantly exposed to high levels of stress, typically resulting in lower levels of productivity. Luckily, there are a few small lifestyle tweaks students can make to offset the negative effects of stress and increase productivity. In fact, an article published by Livestrong outlines the direct correlation between maintaining a healthy diet and achieving higher grades. From increasing a student’s focus to a generally healthier diet resulting in better energy/attendance, there are countless reasons consider a healthy diet as a student. For those long sleepless nights (and serious finals cravings) we have created a list of both healthy and delicious snacks, perfect for your next study sesh.

 

Coconut Oil Popcorn

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With only two ingredients – kernels and coconut oil, this simple snack is perfect for when you’re craving something crunchy mid studies. Best of all, you can easily customize it to your taste buds with various spicing options (my recommendation is chilli powder, lime powder & salt).

Get the recipe here. 

 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Do you crave chocolate when you’re studying? If so, try this delicious recipe for home made peanut butter cups. By using milk chocolate and natural peanut butter, you will fill the sugar craving AND avoid the notorious post-junk food crash.

Get the recipe here.

 

Cauliflower Pizza

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More into cheesy snacks? Don’t worry – we’ve got the perfect healthy supplement for that too. Instead of ordering pizza, try making your own cauliflower pizza crust. This recipe, although slightly more labour-intensive, is incredibly delicious and healthy.

Get the recipe here.

 

Rice Cakes and Avocado

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Avocado is everyone’s favourite superfood. Next time you’re studying and lacking energy, try cutting up avocado and eating it on a rice cake (or pumpernickel bread). Not only is this snack lighter than eating an entire sandwich, but it will also keep you full while simultaneously supplying your body with tons of healthy fats.

Get this (and many more) recipes here.

 

Mini Salad

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Feeling like a quick fix? Try cutting up some strawberries, spinach, & cheese, and make your very own mini salad! This snack can be dressed up/down as you like, and will fill your body with tons of healthy nutrients to keep you awake and focused.

Get tons of mini salad recipes here. 

 

Which recipes will you try out? Did we miss any of your favourite healthy study snacks? Let us know your thoughts and preferences in the comment section below.