Friday, 27 January 2012

Let’s move!


In the almost two years I have been here, I have moved houses about ten times (OK.  I’m exaggerating. Lol); but I have moved around quite a number of times, and every time I learn something new; and so I have decided to share what I know.

In the beginning it seems like finding a nice place to stay and moving is not much of a big deal....But IT IS! It can be extremely stressful and draining especially if you are not really sure of anything that is happening.
As a student, your budget is most likely going to be tight; and so if you want to rent a private accommodation, you would like to be able to fit your rent into that budget and still enjoy the house...and so here are a few tips. J

Be certain of the amount of money you want to pay each month, including bills. You do not want to agree to pay a certain amount and later realise you have to pay electric, water, gas, transportation fees, food, clothes and the occasional (or many) nights out (and by then your funds are very low or zero o_0!! ). Students get exemption from council tax, by the way (find out more here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/LifeAtUniversityOrCollege/DG_071488 )

  • Share! Share! Share! Find people you get along with and share a house/flat. This reduces the amount of money you would have to pay monthly; and I have realised that the more rooms in a house, the less the rent is for each person. So it may be a good idea to become more sociable J
  • There are quite a lot of websites you can find properties on (zoopla, student.spareroom, findaproperty, etc. Google is also a very powerful toolJ). You can also walk into one of the many agencies in your town centre-but mind you! Although finding a place with agents is much easier, they charge administration fees and many other little fees...and so, if you would rather not incur extra costs you should try to deal directly with landlords.
  • Be ready to make a lot of bookings, phone calls and bus/train trips.
  • Keep your rent in mind when you are out chilling/shopping-we want to leave a good impression by paying on time, don’t we? J
  • Remember to change your address at your bank, uni and other important institutions.
O.K  so these are the few tips I have got for you...there are a lot more things you may need to know; but I think you should be fine with these basic pointers.

Time for feeling like a property agent is over. Lol....in other news, I cannot wait to complete university!!! I have got one more year to go; and honestly, I feel like it is not coming fast enough...all I want is sleep!! Is that too much to ask? L Lol! I’m also hoping it doesn’t snow...If I’m falling down on dry pavements; imagine what is going to happen to me if it snows x__x Hehe...

Anyway, as usual I have got some form of assignment to complete and so I shall end here. Take care and happy house hunting (if that’s what you are doing.)!

Xoxo

Dani J


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

We All Fall Down



I fell down today. HARD. On the road. In front of everyone.

Embarrassed? Yes...and let’s not even talk about the pain on my behind and wrists. It was quite funny though, because the road (sidewalk actually) was completely dry-no snow (obviously), no water, no stump, no leaf; so everyone just had that “how did that happen?” look. An old lady who could not even walk herself stopped and asked me if I was okay-after she had finished laughing at me...I may have to do something about my boots...
               

Anyway, Happy New Year to everyone!! I’m a bit late; but we are still in the new month so I guess it still counts, right? Christmas was fine; it was pretty calm and quiet; but I had a bit of fun here and there. I met up with an old friend who was on holiday from America. She’s a model now...heheh...Nice!!!

Most of my free time was spent on doing Value Chain Management coursework though. L I found it soooo boring and frustrating because it was 4000 words, first of all, and secondly, I was not interested in how companies manage their supply chain, when I could be out having Christmas parties. Oh well! I managed to finish just on time and I hope my boredom didn’t reflect too much on my work..lol.

I just remembered I did not tell you how Sherlock Holmes went. It was great! Better than the last one-and the last one was really good. I knew Robert Downey Jnr. could never disappoint! I also got to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-it is a really good one too, so if you have not watched these two movies, I suggest you do. J

In other news, we are back in uni uni uni! Back to presentations, essays, assignments and class discussions. It is good to see my classmates though; and I feel a lot more energised for this semester’s work than last semester. Let us hope this lasts!

I may be moving to a new apartment very soon, which I am quite excited about; and I will keep you posted about that in a couple of weeks.

Until then, its au revoir!

Xoxo