How to Travel on a Student Budget


When you’re at college you usually have quite a bit to pay for. Socialising with friends is one of the biggest expenses when you’re studying, but one of the best ways to bond with your college mates is to get together and go on holiday.

The only thing standing between you and the beach is the cost. Flights are one of the most expensive elements of going abroad, but leaving the Emerald Isle doesn’t have to break the bank with our useful tips.

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Cooking on a Student Budget

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The sad reality is that we can’t live on Jägerbombs and Apple Sourz alone; we all need to eat. It’s easy enough to get a takeaway, but when you’re working with a student budget, it’s not always possible to feast on pizza and kebabs. But we’re here to help you out with a few suggestions that will enable you and your housemates to cook without breaking the bank.

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Dublin’s Best-Kept Secrets

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Dublin’s Best-Kept Secrets

When you think of Dublin, images come to mind of Guinness, Jameson whiskey, and the River Liffey. The capital of the Republic is steeped in history and culture, with some of the world’s most prominent writers, actors, and musicians hailing from the city. It may be a small place, but there is plenty on offer to people who visit.

You might think that you can see it all in the space of a few days, but as anyone who calls Dublin home will know, there is more to this city than meets the eye. Hidden bars and ancient forts are just some of the things that make this such a unique place to live and study, so we’ve decided to highlight a few of our favourites.

Bagots Hutton

It’s not unusual for wine bars to be located underground; a basement offers an intimate atmosphere that complements the vino. But Bagots Hutton takes this to the next level, with an underground space that consists of bare stone walls and dim lighting. This rustic finish creates an unconventionally cosy atmosphere, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the Renaissance period.

Sweny’s Pharmacy

This is one for the literature students, or anyone who is familiar with James Joyce’s writing for that matter! Sweny’s Pharmacy is referenced in his book Ulysses, with its protagonist Leopold Bloom visiting to buy face-cream for his wife. The shop is maintained by volunteers, who are dedicated to keeping the same layout and atmosphere that Joyce describes in his writing. Why not visit “the worst pharmacy in the city”?

The Hellfire Club

If you fancy yourself a bit of a ghost-hunter, this next location is for you. The Hellfire club is perched on the top of Montpelier Hill, high up in the Dublin Mountains. This former hunting lodge was built in the 18th  century by William Connelly.

It is said that building was doomed from the start, with a series of tragic events striking the lodge. After Connelly’s death, a secret society called the Hellfire Club used the building as its base for occult practices and wild behaviour, making this one of Ireland’s scariest destinations.

Hacienda Bar

Located near the famous fruit and veg market, the Hacienda Bar is one of Dublin’s hidden gems. Although the opening hours are inconsistent, it’s worth heading down to see what’s on offer. To get in, you have to ring a buzzer and answer some questions, but the owner, Shay, is a legend in his own right. He can regularly be seen in photographs with the celebs who visit the pub. Famous visitors include Ed Sheeran, Matthew McConaughey, and Kate Beckinsale.

The Forty Foot

Weather permitting, the Forty Foot offers some of the best outdoor swimming in Ireland. It’s something of a Christmas Day tradition for locals to head to this cove and take the plunge into the Irish Sea. Another spot made famous through Joyce’s Ulysses, the Forty Foot can be enjoyed in high or low tide, making it a popular diving spot for locals and visitors alike. Perfect for adrenaline junkies who are ready to brave the cold.

Temple Bar Book Market

Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 6pm, you’ll find a market that will please any bookworm. The Temple Bar Book Market gives you the opportunity to lose yourself to literature with this small but well-stocked outlet. You’re sure to bag yourself a bargain on anything from literature to old vinyl records – the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Stay in the Heart of the Action

Dublin is a small city, so you’re never too far from something to do. Our accommodation always puts you right in the heart of the action, and with so many attractions on offer, you won’t get bored throughout your stud

Perfecting Your CV: 9 Tips for Students

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Perfecting Your CV: 9 Tips for Students

Your CV is the gateway to your future career. It’s the first point of contact that a potential employer will have with you, so you should embrace every bit of space on the page. There’s a reason why CVs are still as prominent as they were years ago – they’re the most effective way for an employer to assess a candidate’s ability to do the job.

Your CV is a sales pitch that tells the employer why you should be interviewed for the role over another candidate. It has to paint you in the best possible light, especially if you are a recent graduate seeking out your first full-time role.

There are a few ways that you can tweak your CV to portray yourself as dedicated, enthusiastic, and equipped to do the job you’re applying for.

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10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Dublin

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10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Dublin

Nobody celebrates their national holiday quite like the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate culture, heritage, and history. If you’re living in Dublin, you’ll find that you’re in the heart of the action, where the typical day of celebrations is drawn out into a week-long, Guinness-fuelled festival. So grab a pint, put on your leprechaun hat, and get ready to embrace an unparalleled sense of national pride, with the 10 best St. Patrick’s Day events in Dublin.

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The Different Types of Housemate You’ll Have at College

The Different Types of Housemate You’ll Have at College

One of the best things about starting college is that you’ll get to dive headfirst into a new environment. It’s a time when you move to a new town (unless you’re a Dubliner already), learn new skills, and meet new people. Part of this is living with a set of characters that you’ve probably never met before.

It’s likely that you’re going to form lifelong friendships with your housemates, but we’re going to give you a heads-up as to the types of people that you’ll live with throughout your time at college.

The Food-Hoover

If you think your food is safe in your designated cupboard, then think again, because you are almost definitely living with the Food-Hoover. This character is the master of disguise; they could be any one of your housemates, but you just don’t know which one it is yet. At some point throughout the year, everyone will be the victim of the Food-Hoover, even the Food-Hoover themselves – this is how they conceal their identity so well, playing the victim until the time is right.

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How to Survive Exam Season

How to Survive Exam Season

With exam season fast-approaching, you might think that it’s time to stock-up on energy drinks, and lock yourself in the library, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With a forward-thinking attitude and a bit of planning, you’ll sail through your exams. Follow these study tips, and you’ll be on track in no time.

Study When Your Brain is Awake

You should leave every study session feeling more knowledgeable than when you went in. A classic error that people make when studying is to find a seat in the library and work for hours on end. The reality is that we all need to sleep, and when you’re feeling tired, your brain won’t function properly; your ability to take in information will be seriously reduced and you’re more likely to procrastinate when all you can think about is going to sleep.

To avoid wasting your time, it’s best to establish what time of day you work best, create a strict study plan and stick to it during that time – this way you’ll have enough time to rest and won’t forget any important information.

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How to Get an Internship While Studying


In between the late nights and long lectures, you’re going to have to think about what to do with your life when you finish college. It’s easy to party now and think later, but when you eventually graduate, you will be competing for the best jobs in your field.

The trouble with this is that even the entry-level jobs require some sort of experience nowadays – employers want to see dedication to the cause, which means becoming a part of your chosen industry before you even finish your course. That’s just the way the world has gone.

Fortunately, most organisations run internship schemes, whereby they gain an extra worker for a while and in return you gain the necessary experience to secure yourself a job when you enter the big wide world. Essentially it’s all about giving yourself the best possible chance at getting to where you want to be. After all, that’s what college is supposed to help you do.

You’re probably thinking, “But how do I do that when I have to study, work, and socialise?” Well, we’ve decided to make it easy for you, and have outlined a few ways to secure the perfect internship.

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8 Extracurricular Activities to Do at College That’ll Look Great on Your CV

Getting a job when you finish college isn’t the easiest thing to do. In fact, you’ll probably find that most graduate jobs will expect a certain amount of experience before you’re even considered for the role, which might seem a bit contradictory but that’s the way it is these days.

Fortunately, there are numerous activities that you can do to make your CV stand out and demonstrate that you have the skills that employers are looking for. We’ve put together a list of our favourites so that you can pick which ones suit you best – you never know, you might find one or two that you even enjoy.

Part-Time Work

Although securing part-time work takes effort, it’s one of the most beneficial activities for both you and your CV. While you’re earning yourself a few extra euros, you’ll also be learning essential skills that will help you out when you start your career. Most part-time roles will require you to work as a team, manage your time and communicate with others – all of which will be welcome additions to your CV.

Some customer-facing roles call for an ability to work under pressure, deal with difficult situations and handle cash, proving that you’ll be a reliable and trustworthy member of staff.

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5 Nifty Tips for Doing Your Grocery Shop on a Student Budget

If you’ve been a student for a while, you probably know that you can cut a few corners with your spending. Making a few sacrifices is all part of student life – no, you don’t need those new trainers, and yes, skipping that night out will save you a bit of money. The one thing you do have to buy is food. We all need to eat; it’s unavoidable.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to do your weekly shop like one of these real adults with a disposable income, so we’ve put together five tips for doing your grocery shop on a budget.

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