How to Cope with Homesickness at University

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Going to university is a life-changing event that can be pretty scary and see you waving goodbye to your comfort zone. Whether you’re coming from China, Brazil, Germany or rural Australia, you will experience big chances and have to settle into a new lifestyle.

Homesickness is something that affects most students. From building a support network of friends to keeping your mum on speed-dial, we’ve looked at the best ways to tackle homesickness, and found it’s all about balance:

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5 Sources of Motivation for University Students

Sometimes it’s hard to sustain motivation, even under the best of circumstances, especially when your to-read list runs to four pages, your next assignment is due tomorrow, and you’re struggling to find enough hours in the day to yourself. It can also be hard to feel motivated heading back to university at the end of February after three months of relaxing in the sun.

The good news is that motivation comes from anywhere… Yes, including your morning Insta-scroll, but only if you follow the right people and take the right advice! That’s why we’ve found the most motivational Netflix series, podcast, Instagram account, TED talk, and YouTube channel to help you get through lazy days.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This series on Netflix is a food documentary that gives you a closer look at the incredible passion that goes into people’s true callings. Jiro Ono is an 85-year-old revered chef who strives for perfection, which, in his mind, can never be achieved despite his restaurant being regarded as one of the best of its kind. If seeing the dedication and passion Jiro devotes to his craft isn’t enough to keep you motivated, the series is focused around sushi… what more could you want, eh?

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The Best Brain Foods for Students

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Fuelling your body properly is one of the keys to flourishing at university – both academically and otherwise. The more nutritious your diet is, the better your brain will perform and the happier you will feel in general.

Different foods affect the brain in different ways, so it is no exaggeration to say that your diet has a huge and direct impact on your mood. In other words, eat well to feel well.

There’s absolutely no harm in a Macca’s pig-out or a Domino’s party every so often – they’re delicious, let’s face it – but don’t let them become daily rituals. The same goes for the food you cook at home: go easy on the potato, the frozen pizzas, the party pies, and all the rest of that sort of stuff. You need nutrients from fresh, unprocessed foods! Save the junk-feasting for weekends or, better still, special occasions.

With that in mind, here are some foods to fill your basket when you go food-shopping.

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Top 7 Life Hacks for the Thrifty Student

Let’s get the obvious out the way: university life is expensive. In fact, it can be very expensive. Between expensive textbooks, grocery shopping, public transport tickets and everything else, it’s no wonder uni students are notorious for being broke. Whilst all of these costs may seem overwhelming, there are always some nifty things you can do to reduce spending.

We’ve put together a list of seven money-saving tips that’ll minimise your spending and generally help you be more wise with your cash flow.

  1. Load Up on Freebies

Who doesn’t love a freebie? You may not realise that a lot of things come free with your university fees, including access to student clubs, health and wellness services, libraries and campus entertainment. Whatever it is, make sure you make the most of university freebies – this even includes scoring free sausages at the daily free BBQS on campus.

If you’re after entertainment on the cheap, there are sure to be a few free gigs near you, covering everything from live music to carnivals and festivals. Alternatively, many museums and art galleries across Australia are free to visit, so do your research thoroughly and keep your options open when planning day-off activities. Continue Reading

International Students in Australia: A Local Guide to Melbourne

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Welcome to life as an international student in Melbourne!

What is life really like for international students in Melbourne? The city is famous for its culture, food and sport. However, if you’re interested in making the move to Melbourne, you’ll want to know the real ins and outs of being a student in this city. So we’ve created a comprehensive “Local” guide to get your exchange student journey started!

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The Best Universities in Melbourne for 2019

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Melbourne, the best student city with even better universities!

Melbourne is known as Australia’s culture capital, where you can smell coffee and find art in every corner of the city. The multicultural hub is well known for being the most liveable city in the world, but it is also the home to eight universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

The city itself is ranked the best student city in Australia by QS due to its extremely high student mix and desirability. Clearly the city has a lot to offer students, so we’ve created a list of universities in Melbourne to help you get to know these institutions better.

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A Guide to the IELTS Australia and Passing your Exam

You want to study in Australia? Well then, you’re going to have to sit an English Language Test. And the most popular language proficiency test in Australia is…the IELTS test!

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most commonly used English language test for higher education in the world. So if you’re thinking of coming to study in Australia, you’ve probably heard of it before. You need to get the right IELTS scores to get your visa approved!

Now, exams often seem like a daunting task, but there are plenty of ways you can work on your English skills and ace the exam! We’ll run you through the structure of the exam, how to register and pay for the IELTS Australia fee and also explain the IELTS results. We’ve included a few tips and tricks along the way too, so here’s your helpful guide to the IELTS for Australia. The Exam

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Australia’s Best Universities

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Australia continues to prove itself as a leading country for tertiary education as our universities are consistently ranked amongst the world’s best universities. And these ten  in particular routinely rank as the best Australian universities in QS scores.

The combination of our high standard universities with the laid-back Australian lifestyle means our student life is pretty great too. We at The Student Housing Company have done our research and talked to students from across the country to create a run-down of the top ten universities in Australia below.
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