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Survey on housing launched to students

Slurp: Students for Action on Homelessness has launched a survey to students. The survey aims to collect information regarding student housing insecurity in order to better understand the extent of the Student Housing Crisis and the quality of the support provided by universities in Edinburgh. The survey is open to all students in Edinburgh, regardless […]

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Re-freshed! A tale of woe

After such a festive and joyous few weeks, as the cold Scottish winter comes into full force, feelings of hope and positivity for the New Year surround us –  we’re excited to return to Uni, see our friends again, and with resolutions that we’ll never keep, bouncing around our heads.  I shared this attitude of […]

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Many students forced to pay rent despite stay at home order

Boris Johnson’s announcement of another UK-wide lockdown has created uncertainty amongst those currently renting student accommodation. National guidelines currently state that students should study from home ‘where possible,’ in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, a 2020 survey undertaken by UCAS and Knight Frank revealed that approximately 70% of all first-year students choose […]

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Developers must build more housing for the local community

The local Edinburgh children’s hospital is going to be turned into student housing. A fantastic controversial headline, but not really the whole truth. The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, affectionately referred to as ‘Sick Kids,’ was actually sold by NHS Lothian in 2017, pre-empting the hospital’s move to a new site in Little France last […]

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Accommodation services are letting vet students down

Student accommodation is a huge part of first year, being both a home and a social area when starting university. However, for vet students it is also a huge source of stress. With conflicting holiday and exam times, and the trek to get to vet school, student accommodations do not provide the same services to […]

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Catered vs. non-catered: is one better than the other?

Choosing your accommodation when starting university is one of the biggest decisions to be made during the application process. Your first-year accommodation is likely to be where your social life is based, your friendships are formed and your future flatmates are found. At most universities, you will have the choice of both catered and self-catered […]

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Moving into rented accommodation is more stressful than it should be

Anyone who has moved out of university accommodation and into a private rented flat will recognise the overwhelming stress felt around March time. When everyone you know has somehow managed to not only find a flat they like, but have also secured it as their very own, either by partaking in an infamous sprint to […]

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Edinburgh: learning the tricks of the trade in your new city

Frenzied open days, painfully vague degree summaries and highly situational statistics can obviously only tell you so much about a university.   The really useful stuff is often revealed once you’ve already accepted your offer, done the IKEA trip and started living it up in your chosen city. Edinburgh in particular has a lot of useful discoveries […]