9 Hacks for surviving student life AD

Student life; some of the best and worst times of your life, amirite? Like, on one hand, you get to live with your friends, party a lot and for most of us, we get to explore a new place. On the other hand, we have to manage money, make those friends, do a ton of uni work and learn your way around a new place. There are so many things I wish I had learned before going to university, like how to make a bed. My time at university was mostly spent Googling a variety of things I didn't know the answer to like making a bed or finding out how long you cook something for. Google is your best friend whilst at university, you get your references from there, do research on it and even find out where the closest takeaway is. For this post I decided to include 8 of the best hacks/life tips I learnt whilst at university and some of them are pretty damn useful and others not so much, but I thought they were useful and some of them I still do. I'd love to know in the comments what life skills and hacks you picked up from university! 

1. You can use a mug for basically everything.
Ok, so not everything, but a lot of stuff. A mug is an underrated tool in the kitchen, in my opinion, you can use it to make drinks in obviously but you can also use it for making cakes, scrambled eggs and of course as a bowl to drink soup out of. 

2. The microwave is your best friend. 
The microwave like a mug can be used for so much stuff, you can use it to make ready meals, make just about everything in the food cupboard and even heat up pizza, the morning after the night before. A great hack with pizza is if you put a small cup of cold water alongside your pizza and it stops the crusts going chewy, let's be honest. Nobody wants this. 

3. Make lectures easy with Trint
When you're in a lecture at 9am, barely able to keep your eyes open the last thing you want to do is write notes. This where Trint comes in, you record your lecture on your phone and then it will transcribe it for you on to your laptop at a later date. This is great for being able to hear back your lecture and for being able to read back through everything and taking parts to look into further detail. 

4. The wooden spoon hack. 
When cooking pasta it's a pain when you have to stand around and watch it, to make sure that it doesn't boil over. When in university one of my friends taught me the wooden spoon hack and still to this day I do not have a clue how it works but it just does. You put a wooden spoon across your pan and the water will not boil over. Magic right



5. Keeping the fridge clean. 
Cleaning the fridge is a grim job, especially when it's full of gone off and when stuff has leaked everywhere, ew. An easy hack I found online is to cover your fridge in clingfilm, looks a little odd, however when it comes to cleaning it, it's somewhat easier, you just peel it off and put it in the bin.

6. PayPal is a life saver. 
When you're out with your friends and one of you gets a round in and you need to pay each other back, it's just an annoyance to carry cash and who even does bank transfers anymore? PayPal is the easy way to send money to each other in a few seconds, would totally recommend it for bills too. That way you can easily keep track of who has paid and who hasn't and what's left to pay. 


7. Clean your keyboard with a post-it note. 
This hack has changed my life, cleaning your keyboard properly is a pretty momentous task as it involves taking all of the keys off your keyboard, cleaning it out and then putting them all back on. With this hack, you can get the crumbs and dust out with a post-it note. All you need to do is slide it within the keys and the sticky side should catch the dust and crumbs.

8. Keep track of your spending. 
There are so many apps these days to help you with your spending. When your student loan 'drops' you live well for the first week and then have to survive on 20p noodles for the rest of term (we've all been there) however if you have a money managing buddy, advising you of what your money looks like as well as what you've spent it on, it may make you think twice. 

9. You NEED Cards against humanity.
Honestly, this game is a life changer, it's known as the party game for horrible people. However it sure does get the conversation flowing, makes people laugh and feel a little bit more at ease and you can never really get bored of playing and as it's like a whole new game each time you play with different people. With loads of expansion packs too, there is always plenty more to add to the game. 

What is your top life hack? 

*This post was written in collaboration with Trint, however, all thoughts and experiences (sadly) are my own. 


11 comments

  1. I've recently gone back to uni to do a Masters and I'm struggling to live with people again. I don't think there's any hack for dirty flatmates!

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  2. Ha, really love this. I had a great time at uni, and yes, a meg is the most versatile thing in the kitchen :)

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  4. The chewy pizza crusts the next day are my favourite bit! Love the tips, I'd have been lost at uni without my microwave!

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  5. Where was this guide when I was at uni? I love my cards against humanity game lol and PayPal is a lifesaver too

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  6. I will 100% be trying the post it hack! I need to clean my keyboard! x

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  7. Never mind student life, I left those days behind me a long time ago, and I need these hacks in my life now!! Thanks for introducing me to Trint too, I will use that in meetings! :D

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  8. I never went to uni so didn't encounter student life but I know from friends experiences mugs and microwaves are best friends to students!

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  9. These are great hacks! I do love a good mug cake, but they are also amazing for having soup in! Keeps your hands warm too! I also definitely do that wooden spoon trick, that is definitely a game changer!

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  10. Oh I wish my daughter knew some of these hacks before she went to Uni, they could have made life a lot easier. I am going to mention Trint to her, to see if she uses/knows of it. She is in her 3rd year and could use all the help possible!!

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  11. Cleaning the keyboard with a post it is quite a trick, going to put it to use tomorrow!

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