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Off to uni? Here are the ten top student websites to sort you out…

The UK's largest student community (www.thestudentroom.co.uk)

Got any questions about uni life? Then the place to visit is www.thestudentroom.co.uk, where you can get help with life’s big and small decisions from other students. During Freshers week find out what tasty cocktail recipes students are mixing up at their unis and the next day get a sure fire hangover cure! Discover how students are managing their budgets; maybe they can pass some good tips to you? Perhaps you want to anonymously get advice over a personal issue? Once work starts you can get help with your assignments from other students on your course. Studying, socialising and sex – this website has the answers for whatever you need to know. One of the most important questions must be how to make your money last...

2-for-1 cinema tickets, meal deals & more (www.studentbeans.com)

Studentbeans.com is a one-stop-shop to help students stretch their loans and make the most of their time at university. It provides students with free access to hundreds of discount vouchers to help them enjoy a busy social life on a student budget. As well as giving students cheap deals, it is the home of online magazine The Beanzine, an indispensable guide to university life. This magazine helps students stay in the know and alleviate the boredom between lectures. Launched by two entrepreneurial graduates who wanted to help students relieve the financial burden of studying, the site is now essential for those who want their money to stretch further. Speaking of money, how about a way to earn some in the first place...?

Use your skills to earn money (www.studentgems.com)

It’s now a fact of life that students face leaving uni in debt. Many take on part time jobs to help pay their way through their course doing traditional ‘student jobs’ such as pulling pints. An alternative is to use your skills to earn money at a higher rate and gain valuable work experience. You can do this by creating a profile on www.studentgems.com. The site matches your skills with the requirements of businesses and private individuals for one off jobs and project work. There are over 1600 different skills to choose from ranging from entertainment to coaching, illustrating to research, web designing to translations. You’ve got skills, use them to earn money! Other advice on earning and saving money is available on the…

Ultimate online student money bible (www.wealthystudent.co.uk)

At wealthystudent.co.uk the aim is to help students leave university with money in the bank. Applying the advice offered both onsite and via a free book, this can be achieved. At the present moment this site is signing up local and national businesses to offer students further discounts to keep their weekly budget as low as possible. It has only been around for a few months but the response to the site has been phenomenal. Already over 2,000 people have downloaded the free book and this number is expected to reach over 10,000 by the middle of October. With a strong team of student writers, passion and knowledge of money, wealthystudent.co.uk is here to stay. Now that you know where to earn and how to save money, how about starting a club or society or managing your existing one more efficiently...?

Manage your club or society (www.groupspaces.com)

GroupSpaces is changing the way student clubs and societies manage themselves online. You can use the revolutionary new platform to manage your club or society's mailing lists, membership databases, websites, file sharing, polls/surveys and more. GroupSpaces has been developed with the input from hundreds of groups at UK universities over the last year and will be coming to your university for 2008/9. If you have a group that needs managing - whether you're currently at university or not - go to www.groupspaces.com to start saving yourself time today. All this starting up and managing societies can work up an appetite! Therefore here is…

Cheap, easy recipes and tips (www.beyondbakedbeans.com)

Beyond Baked Beans is the site to visit if you want recipes and healthy eating ideas that are tailor made for the student lifestyle. It was started by Fiona Beckett, author of the Beyond Baked Beans cookery books but now carries contributions from students who can earn reward points for every recipe, tip or cooking video they post. If you can write an essay you can follow a recipe! While you are tucking into a fine lasagne, you may well be considering your living arrangements if/when you move out of halls, so here’s how to...

Find your perfect student house (www.liveout.co.uk)

Arrived at uni? So you know that in weeks you’ll probably have to start house-hunting?! A task once famed for daunting students and taking days traipsing in the rain. Now, student-founded LiveOut.co.uk makes it easy! Search and compare 4,000 student houses online – that’s 90-95% of letting agent student properties in Oxford, Coventry and Leamington, and over 1,600 in London. And if you’re ultra-lazy, book instant property viewings online, or even reserve a property (saving up to £100!), through LiveOut’s revolutionary FastFind service. LiveOut keeps you safe by manually verifying all landlords and meeting all agents. Now that you have personal space, how about thinking about an internship at...

Placement & Internship reviews and jobs (www.ratemyplacement.co.uk)

RateMyPlacement.co.uk is an online resource containing hundreds of student written reviews on employers in a wide range of industries and locations. Alongside the reviews, students can browse the latest jobs, read through advice pages and interact with each other to find the placement or internship that is right for them. The rising cost of graduate recruitment together with the well publicised skills shortage amongst today’s graduates has meant that increasing numbers of employers are turning to work placements and internships as a method of reaching the best student talent before they graduate. RateMyPlacement.co.uk has capitalised on this shift and fills the information gap that previously existed. Having got a future internship organised, you may have earned money and paid some tax which you can claim back...

Turn overpaid tax into cash(www.taxdoctor.co.uk)

With the average student debt now pushing £17,500 more students than ever are being forced to work part-time. When they work they often pay tax – many students end up paying much more than they should. The taxdoctor.co.uk takes away the hassle and stress of claiming tax refunds from HMRC. They will write to your employer for missing documents and deal with the dreaded tax man from start, right up until the money is sitting in your bank account. They charge a low fee based on the amount of refund that is obtained, if you have all your documents it’s just 7.5% and it’s10% if they need to contact your employer. If you don’t fancy tackling your tax refund claim on your own why not visit the doctor, www.taxdoctor.co.uk. So that’s the boring (but necessary) bit done, now for your social life...

Social networking (www.facebook.com)

It goes with the territory; an intrinsic part of student life is a Facebook profile. However, this should come with a word or two of warning, get your privacy settings locked down to the point that only your friends can see what you are doing. Your social life should be kept quite separate from your business life. If you don't separate them, you may well live to regret that publicly displayed photo of you with 'PORN' written up your arm in indelible ink, whilst wearing psychedelic jewellery at the Full Moon Party. It may not go down well in the HR department of the company where you are trying to get that internship to die for. A few ticks in your privacy settings will make sure you are not publicly visible to the world and his wife, aka the World Wide Web, or worse still - your mother!

ENDS

Campus Tricks is a collaboration of student websites who have come together to offer today’s students a guide to the best and most relevant websites. Further details can be found at www.campustricks.com

To contact individual website owners for interviews, photographs and case studies, details are available by contacting Joanna Ward or Sue Harrison at studentgems.com on 01753 882657 or media [at] studentgems.com who will provide individual contact details.




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