10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

Save that money!

Let’s face it, being a student with a limited income helps you realize how truly expensive life can be. We know that a few monthly expenses can quickly, and little savings can go a long way. Luckily, we have a compiled a list of tips and tricks to make your life a little bit cheaper.

 

Student Discount

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It’s everywhere... you just have to ask!

 

Thrift/Online Shopping

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Changing your shopping style may just be key! Check out some of your city’s best thrift stores and try out shopping online in the sales sections. If you’re okay with waiting for about a month for your stuff to come in head to Allie Express, and if you’re just into some cheap duds check out the sales sections at both Urban Outfitters and Miss Guided  (you’re welcome).

 

Eat for Cheap

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Try buying groceries rather than eating out, or find the cheapest eats around your city. Many places commonly have $5 food such as El Furniture Warehouse – with many locations across North America.

 

Capitalize on your Government Benefits

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Check to see if you’re eligible for any government benefits- for example, if you’re a student in Canada, you can get benefits simply from living away from home as a student, if you’ve paid your rent on time. Find out more here.

 

Find the Discounts

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Make sure to check out the discount apps and grocery stores to always capitalize on the saving potentials.

 

Pay with Cash

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It’s scientifically proven to be a factor in money saving because physical cash is perceived as more scarce to consumers than paying with plastic.

 

Use a Water Bottles

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Get your own bottles ready; this is an easy way to save buying drinks while on-the-go, and a practical way to ensure you stay hydrated (and green!).

 

Starbucks Hacks

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Coffee is a necessity (we get it), so never forget about these Starbucks hacks!

But also …

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Take this into consideration.

 

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

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Break something? Try fixing it yourself with the help of FixItClub.com; a website that will show you how to fix anything step-by-step.

 

Save on Dryer Sheets

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Never buy dryer sheets again!

 

What are your favorite money-saving hacks? Share them with us in the comment section below.

The Dorm Room Inspiration You Need for September 2017

The Dorm Room Inspiration You Need for September 2017

Will you have the coolest room on campus?

 

With the start of yet another school year just around the corner, it’s time for yet another series of some serious #dormroominspo. This time, we’ve decided to compile a list of really cool decorating ideas sorted by colour! What better way to get some inspirationt than starting with a colour scheme? From blues to red, check out some of our favorite dorm room interior looks below:

 

BLUE

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RED

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Well, then the question arises on how to select the bedroom scheme of a teenager?Go out and have a coffee or hot chocolate and figure out the feelings of your teen on certain favorite shades that brought about.Bedroom color schemes may fade out, but the sweet memories of their living heavens would be there for years to come, hence let them decide what they want.

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PINK

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SILVER/GOLD

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PURPLE

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BLACK/WHITE/GREY

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How will you decorate your dorm room this semester? Let us know in the comment section below or share your style with us by tagging @dormbooker on social media.

 

It’s Official, These are Coolest University Courses in the World

It’s Official, These are Coolest University Courses in the World

Making school fun again?!

Do you remember when going to school was actually fun? It seems like forever since the joy of learning wasn’t weighed down by loads of coursework, the stress of exams, and 20-page papers. In fact, some universities have actually noticed this trend, and decided to do something about it. These schools came out with specific courses that have students begging for more. Seriously, we’re talking about the types of courses that genuinely make you excited to go school (yes they do exist!).

 

Rap Linguistics

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Ready to spend three hours a week dissecting exactly what the A$AP crew are trying to portray in their songs? We sure are! The University of Calgary’s department of linguistics offers a class entitled Rap Linguistics which teaches students a linguist’s approach to analyzing the language used by rappers, while simultaneously looking at the evolution of hip and hop and its impact on the western world. Pretty cool if you ask us…

 

Religion & Disney

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Just by the title, we know this would be the most interesting religious studies class out there. The Memorial University of Newfoundland offers a class that aims to examine the religious themes and issues arising from within the world of Disney, including animated feature films and cartoons. Aside from getting to watch a ton of classic movies, the course actually goes further and examines the religious convictions of Walt Disney himself, and how his paradigm impacted the philosophies of the Disney Franchise as a whole (but let’s stick to watching movies all day..). Either way, this is a class we would surely love to take.

 

Poker 101

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Get your poker face ready for the University of Ottawa students taking Poker 101. This course examines the math that is disguised in poker, specifically probability, game theory, and the mathematic underpinning of games of chance. From Texas Hold’em to Black Jack, what better way to spend your lengthy mass classes than by playing poker? This definitely made our list of the coolest ways to get a math credit ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Many Faces Of Harry Potter

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I don’t know about you, but we would love to spend a semester studying Harry Potter! The University of Western Ontario gets that, and their English department has created a course that all HP fanatics are dying to take – The Many Faces of Harry Potter. This course examines the Harry Potter series under various types of literary lenses, including gothic, detective fiction, fantasy, adventure, and even the dystopian literature. No wonder they call it the Many Faces of Harry Potter!

 

Apocalyptic Science Fiction

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Any true sci-fi lover would jump at the chance to take this course! From a true artificial intelligence take over to ominous genetic engineering, this English department course aims to understand the fascination with the potential misuse of science and technology in popular culture. Using apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories, the course looks examines various speculative scenarios in literature, radio, film, gaming, graphic novels, and more. Whether a science or literature fan, this York University course is one we would love to take.

 

Which of these courses are you dying to take? Share your thoughts with us know in the comment section below. If you’re interested in reading more about some of the coolest classes available to university students today, click here.

 

Your Ultimate Music Festival Style Guide

Your Ultimate Music Festival Style Guide

It’s festival season!

No matter where you are in the world, music festivals are an inextricable part of summer culture for students and young adults. From Coachella to Osheaga, music and arts festivals are in full swing from April to August. With so many events spanning across North America, it can be quite challenging to put together numerous flawless festival outfits for these events, no matter your gender. With that in mind, we’ve created an awesome lookbook for men and women’s festival season style 2017. Without further adieu, check out our ultimate style guide for festival season 2017!

 

Men

Gents! We know how hard it can be to dress for these events without looking like a “festival bro”. Don’t worry – we have you covered. Check out our men’s festival fashion inspiration below!

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Looking for a little more? Click here to read about GQ’s take on men’s festival do’s and dont’s.

 

Women

Ladies! The festival outfit options are unlimited. Ranging from sleek outfits that can be put together with your reliable basic to looks that require some carefully calculated statement pieces, below we showcase some of our favourite festival style inspiration.

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Couple Looks

Feel like matching with your boo? No problem! We have included a section of flawless couple looks that will expertly express stylish (over cheesy).

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Now you’re ready for festival season! Did we miss one of your favorite looks? Let us know in the comment section below, or tag us on Instagram.

Remeber to stay safe and have fun this summer.

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

Let’s get learnt.

 

With the abundance of available courses and electives available to university and college students today, it can be hard to narrow down exactly which courses you should take when you have a glorious time slot calling for an elective.

 

Science Courses

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  1. It is important to know about what makes the world work.
  2. Gaining a basic proficiency in research and how to make logical arguments only makes your more credible and knowledgeable regardless of your primary field of study.
  3. Science is everywhere. In fact, if it wasn’t for the bonding of very specific elements, we wouldn’t even be here. By taking science courses, you will have a newfound appreciation for these facts.
  4. By taking science courses, you will learn to block out noise from the media, politicians, the internet, etc., and only truly consider the fact as evidence. If everyone did this, the world would surely be a better place- take a science course as your first step to helping humanity.
  5. Worst case, take an animal bio class and spend your time hanging with some critters.

 

 

Computer Science Courses

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  1. Technological proficiency is more valuable today than ever.
  2. A basic proficiency of computing is not just valuable, but beginning to become required in the digital age – you will surely be more employable if not now, in the future.
  3. Computer science is diverse. From engineering, math, problem-solving and logic to psychology, humanities, and the arts, computing is truly the cross roads of so many skill areas, making it a great asset and endeavor no matter your skill set.
  4. You will gain practical knowledge of how our world and technologies have progressed to where they are today.
  5. You will be a little more prepared for the inevitable artificial intelligence world take over (have you seen Terminator???).

 

Business Courses

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  1. You can be a business person no matter what field of studies you choose.
  2. It will help you stand out in the job market upon graduation, regardless of your chosen industry.
  3. You are sure to make some great contacts.
  4. Students from all different faculties work together, fostering a creative and innovative environment.
  5. Learn how to determine and sell your personal value proposition – again, a skill that is guaranteed to make you stand out in the ever growing pool of new graduate job seekers.

 

Political Science Courses

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  1. It is important to understand how your country’s political system works.
  2. You will become a more informed and knowledgeable citizen in general.
  3. You will gain a basic understanding of how the world hierarchy and international society works.
  4. You will make an educated decisions and become an informed voter by the time the next election cycle rolls around.
  5. You will gain a basic understanding and new appreciation of how the programs and institutions tax payers fund actually affect our society.

 

Psychology Courses

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  1. Understanding the science behind people’s actions can be leveraged no matter your field of studies/work.
  2. You will better understand yourself and your behaviors.
  3.  You will be able to better gauge peoples’ reactions.
  4. You will be able to better communicate with people – again, a useful asset no matter your industry.
  5. You will be #Woke.

 

Did we miss a. filed that you think should be on this list?

Study Abroad for Free!

Study Abroad for Free!

Pack your suitcases, ladies and gentlemen. 

Every student dreams of spending a year abroad; studying in another country, learning a new languaging, experiencing a new culture, what’s not to love! So much so, that earlier this year we did a piece on the top 7 places for students to study abroad in 2017. That being said, a big roadblock for most students dreaming of a embarking on a year abroad is the financial burden. Not only are plane tickets and accommodations costly requirements, but many universities hike up their tuition prices for international students. Unfortunately, this stops many students from living the unique and amazing experience of studying in another country. However, being in 2017, progressive governments around the world have begun to recognize how important education is not only for a country’s economy but for global progression in general. Keeping that in mind, many governments have mandated cheaper education

However, being in 2017, progressive governments around the world have begun to recognize the importance of education for a country’s economy and global progression alike. Keeping that in mind, many governments have mandated cheaper tertiary education for everyone. Today, there are places you can study abroad for free or very cheap. We have curated a list of the top 5 locations to spend a year abroad with cheap tuition, guaranteeing you an amazing experience without breaking the bank!

 

Iceland & Norway

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These countries are famous for more than just their amazing spas! The Scandinavian economic model has a strong focus and heavy expenditure on social programs, including public education. They do so with the hopes of achieving an educated workforce, greater economic development, and thus economic prosperity. With such policies, it’s no surprise that these countries offer free tuition for EU nationals. However, unlike their Nordic counterparts such as Sweden and Denmark, Iceland and Norway extend their waived tuition fees to any foreign-born student that would like to study in their country.

 

Germany

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Most famously, Germany recently rolled out a program calling for free tuition within their education system. This policy has waived tuition fees for all interested national and international students alike. With a world-class education system, strong yet inviting culture, gorgeous and timeless architecture, and free tuition, we’re already packing our bags!

 

Austria

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Austria is yet another European country that houses extremely cheap tuition for tertiary education. The country offers the same educational rights to national and international individuals alike, consisting of two free semesters for all students. After that, students pay approximately $385 USD per semester to study in Austria. I know what you’re thinking… that barely covers textbooks in North America! Needless to say,  you AND your wallet can benefit from the enriching experience of studying abroad.  

 

France

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Although this European destination is not globally seen as a leader in free education, France’s tuition rates are extremely affordable. Their programs consist of countless free courses, with others coming in at a very low cost. In fact, French, EU, and international students can all equally enjoy receiving their degrees for anywhere from $195 to $1000 USD per year. Compared to the $10,000-$60,000 per year range often found in Canada and the U.S., France is definitely housing an economically reasonable educational system.

 

Brazil

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Brazil is yet another country that realizes the value in offering students free education, with many of the country’s universities choosing not to charge tuition fees. However, English students are required to pay a small registration fee for taking courses in English rather than Portuguese.

 

With so many great options, we’ve definitely been bitten by the travel bug. Will you look into studies in one of these 5 countries? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

The World’s Top Universities

The World’s Top Universities

Did Your School Make the Cut?

Every year, Queensland Australia conducts a study to find out which post-secondary institutions are the absolute best educational organizations on the globe. From academic and employer reputation to faculty/student ratio and citations per faculty, their inclusive research methodology considers 6 integral factors to truly objectively capture a university’s performance. Intrigued as most, we decided to check out the results of the study through topuniversities.com. Below we recount which institutions topped the QS World University Rankings 2018.

 

Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT)

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A school known as a hub of innovation and social entrepreneurship with countless notable alumni, MIT has topped the list of university rankings as the world’s top university.

 

Stanford University

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A close second, Stanford University earned a second place seat on the QS World University Rankings 2018. By producing the brains behind countless successful Silicon Valley firms and famous alumni such as Elon Musk and Chelsea Clinton, there’s no question that this university produces some pretty amazingly critical thinkers and entrepreneurs.

 

Harvard University

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Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and John F. Kennedy are just a few of the incredibly successful individuals coming out of Harvard University – the QS World University Ranking’s second runner-up. Famous for their law school in cohesion with their prestigious reputation, this school has been among the top 5 top universities for years.

 

California Institute of Technology 

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Caltech is yet another distinguished California-based institution that made the top five best universities in the world. The schools’ reputation for an incredible science-centric agenda and extensive research and academic programs are just a few of the reasons this institution sat at fourth place of the top 5 universities according to QS World University Rankings.

 

University of Cambridge

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The University of Cambridge is the first non-American university to appear on the list. Sitting at fifth place, the English institution was founded by King Henry III himself, and is one of the world’s oldest/ longest-standing universities.

 

Check out the full list and find out where your school ranks by clicking here. Are you surprised by the top 5 institutions? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

 

 

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.