How to Make the Most of Your First Year at College

Your first year in college will be one of the best times of your life. You’ll further your education, meet loads of great people, and really get stuck into a new way of living. It will be your first go at living independently, and here’s how you can make the most of your time as a first-year student.

1. Don’t Fall Behind

Your first year of college is generally more relaxed than the years that follow, but this doesn’t mean that you should let yourself fall behind. You will be busy socialising and getting involved in all the student events on offer, but the first year of your degree is where your lectures will lay down the groundwork for your chosen topic(s). Second year will be a lot more difficult for you if you go into it having fallen behind and therefore have to catch up.

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What to Do with Your Student Discount in Dublin

Student life can place a bit of a strain on your finances. You have to buy essentials such as food and toiletries and cleaning products, and you need money to go out and socialise with your college mates. The general understanding is that students have to budget, and part of this is sacrificing the non-essential things so that you can afford the important stuff.

If you’re going to college in Dublin and you’re unsure how you’re supposed to buy the essentials and go to one of the student events that take place every night of the week – that’s right, there genuinely is something going on every night of the week – then you’re in the right place.

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Helping Your Child Settle into College: A Parent’s Guide

When your child heads off to college, they’re signing up for a career-enhancing education, they’re signing up for a chance to meet like-minded people, and they’re signing up to an experience that will secure their independence and help them properly cross the threshold to adulthood. They’re going to have to learn how to take care of themselves, and as a parent, it’s only natural for you to worry.

When your child is 18, they will more than likely think that they’re ready to handle the big, bad world – but, in reality, it’s their first time making properly adult decisions, so the chances are that they’ll need a little bit of support from you. That said, it can be difficult providing that support without stepping on their toes.

Here’s how you can help them settle into college without making them feel that you’re taking away their newfound independence.

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5 Things You Should Know as a Fresher in Dublin


People travel from far and wide for the Dublin experience, the guidebooks say that the nightlife is outstanding, visitors say that the people are friendly, and the league tables say that the education is exceptional, so why wouldn’t you want to come here? The city attracts plenty of new students each year, all looking to get stuck in and make the most of their time. Continue Reading

Cork Freshers 2018: Student Event Guide

Cork is home to some great colleges that offer career-enhancing courses. Freshers’ week is a rite of passage, and you’ll find that the first month of college is packed full of events that are designed to help you settle in and meet new people. Whether it’s late-night events or daytime bonding sessions, your first few weeks will be an immersive experience – and you really should make the most of it. Continue Reading

What Type of Student Are You?

You’ll meet loads of new people when you head off to college; there will be everything from academic types to party animals, all with different-but-recognisable qualities. You’ll probably find that your group of mates has at least one of these types in there, and you never know, you might even be one of them too….

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A Beginners Visit to Ireland


Working in different buildings is an awesome opportunity, so a couple of weeks ago, I headed off on my travels to Gatwick Airport to fly over to Ireland for the first time. I’d never been to Ireland but I was excited to find out what it was like. Continue Reading

Uninest Packing Checklist

Heading off to college this year? Congrats! 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

You’ve signed up for one of the best experiences of your life.

You’re going to meet loads of new people, make loads of new mates, and learn loads of life-changing skills. It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and forget to take some of the essentials along with you, so we’ve decided to make it easy for you by putting together a packing checklist.

Get everything on this list and you’ll be college-ready in no time at all.

Click Here for the Uninest-Packing checklist

Cork’s Hidden Gems

Cork is a popular choice for students who are looking for somewhere new to call home throughout their studies. You might wonder why people who want to experience city life head here instead of the country’s capital, Dublin. The truth is that Dublin is a tourist-focused city, always busy and always awake. This can be great, but it can be uncomfortable for some people, especially when you factor in how much it costs to live in any capital city. Continue Reading

What to Do with Your Student Discount in Cork

Student life is known for being a bit of a financial challenge. Not only do you have to pay for food and essentials like toilet roll, but you also have to have enough money to go out and socialise with friends. Some students think that you have to sacrifice things in order to get by (like living on a diet of instant noodles so that you can afford each night out), but that’s not the case.

If you’re going to college in Cork and you’re wondering how on Earth you’re supposed to feed and entertain yourself this weekend and have enough money to go to Havana Brown’s student night on Monday, then look no further, because your favourite Cork-based businesses and high-street chains have got yo’ back.

That’s right: you don’t have to sacrifice those creature comforts; you’ve got a powerful little card in your pocket that knocks money off the cost of things… and this is how you can use it.

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