Your New Student Living Checklist

You’re starting to prepare yourself for the real world that is outside of the small shoe box that your school calls residence dorms. You may have already moved out and are currently living in a place that you will classify as worse than residence! As university students, we are perceived as inexperienced renters who will believe everything that a landlord tells us. There are many agencies and landlord who will take advantage of this. Save yourself the following years of unfortunate renting and educate yourself! Here are some tips to help you make the right decisions when it comes to student housing.

1) Finding The Perfect Housemates

This is something you can’t force. You will know who works best with your lifestyle throughout your time in university so don’t make this decision overnight. Before signing a lease with your potential housemates, make sure you cover all your bases. It may be an uncomfortable conversation but make sure they’re responsible. This doesn’t just mean cleaning up after themselves, but being responsible enough to pay their bills.

2) Housing Location is Key

This is important. Make sure your location is ideal. The distance to your school is your main priority for finding a student housing but also take into consideration where amenities are. If you are literally across the street from school but an hour away by busing to the nearest grocery store, I guarantee you that you will regret your life decisions every time you have to go buy food. While living with super cheap rent is also great, remember your safety comes first. If the crime rates are higher in your preferred location, find a different preferred location. Make sure the house you are hoping to live in also has fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors!

3) Student Housing Budgets

It is important to find a reasonably priced listing that fits your budget. Make sure to finalize your incomes and your limited spending for each month before looking at places. The places you view should not break your bank account and then your parents account when you can’t afford it. While it is sometimes difficult to afford houses in safer places, work with your budget so that your rent stays at a comfortable spending limit with a house that is ideal for students. Also, work with your landlord to understand what bills are covered under the rent and what bills are your responsibility. If you would prefer one standard monthly rent, all included houses are ideal for you.

4) Landlord Snooping

If you have the opportunity to speak to the previous tenants about the landlord, do it. They have dealt with this landlord personally and will give you all the inside you need to know about them. If they say that it takes their landlord months to fix a leaky tap or a loose pipe, you need to come to the realization that they’re not going to change for you. Ask the tenants all the what if questions so you know what you could be signing yourself into.

5) Check Everything

This includes both the house and the lease agreement. Investigate every single thing in the house. It might be silly but check that all the toilets flush and all the light bulbs are still lit. It can be surprising how some landlords don’t care about how well maintained their listings are. Before you decide to sign for the available listing, read everything on the lease. Then, read it again. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask. Ask your parents or someone else you trust to also read it over so that you fully understand what is expected of you and what is expected of the landlord.

These tips will hopefully put begin to put you on the right track to finding the perfect student housing. Remember that there is always room to learn more so don’t stop here. Seek out more information about finding the perfect student house. Best of luck on your hunt!

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?