Stayin’ On Top Of Things

Bills

Have all correspondence in an organised file and somewhere accessible to each house mate. This is so usernames and customer reference numbers are at hand if any communication is needed with water/electricity/internet suppliers.

LIFE ADMIN

Keep your own, personal file of correspondence from your bank, mobile contract, student loans, insurance policies - you name it. It’ll take five minutes to get this organised in a file on your PC or in a ring binder and will save you so much time in the long run. There’s nothing worse than having to recite security questions, or call home for your parents to trawl through your papers - which may be placed next to something you don’t want them to see!

CLEANING

The more gross you allow your house/flat, room, and garden, to get, the worse it’s going to be when you have to face it. Also, allowing the house to get in a complete state can actually result in long term damage which you could be fined by your landlord for. If your landlord is bringing people around to view the property and it’s a mess, it’ll do nothing for your relationship.

RUBBISH

1) Allowing bins to overflow can result in gross, long term stains on the walls surrounding it. 2) You really should make the effort to recycle. If you get some boxes from the local council, it’ll actually make your rubbish more manageable as the bin doesn’t get full to the brim with tons of cr*p. Check out the Cardiff Council website for more information.

FOOD SHOPPING

This is a case of trial and error but the waste that comes with student living is insane. Remember that the freezer is your best mate at uni; you can freeze virtually everything from bread, cake, and your big home made chilli. Planning your meals and taking some time out to cook can really save you money and reduce food wastage.

FINANCES

For many of us, uni is the first time that we’re financially independent and reliant on ourselves. You may not crack budgeting until your third year (or ever!) but there’s no time like the present to start trying. The priority is obviously your rent and bills and, even if it kills you, make sure that money is transferred out as soon as you get it so that you can’t use it for anything else. After this, sit down and work out how much money you have to last you until your next loan and not the end of term.