28 Reasons Why Second Year Of Uni Is The Best

Mic news college education michelle obama

Second year of university has a bit of a bad reputation…

It’s the dreaded in between year; where the Fresher’s feeling has fizzled out and sh*t is about to get serious.

We’ve all heard about the ‘Second Year Slump’  (- a term which makes us all want to vom.) But you’ll be happy to know that we think this notion is a complete pile of… rubbish.

If you’re heading into second year, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Yes, it does count and yes, you might actually have to spend some time in the library, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had…

1. You actually get to choose who you live with and no longer have to suffer the strange, strange people you shared a flat/kitchen/bathroom with in halls and wanted to scream in their faces because their level of laziness and unwillingness to clean was beyond comprehension.

break joseph gordon levitt 500 days of summer dishes plates

2. You don’t give into the social pressure to go out and get drunk every night, because you’ve been there, done that and now Netflix and pizza is a much more attractive option. 

3. You no longer have to attend every single rubbish Fresher’s event just because you have FOMO. FOMO is no longer a thing.

hashtag fomo animated GIF

4. You’ve found your group of friends and no longer have to hang about with complete arses just because you’re scared of being a loner. You’ve found your Uni besties and you now have so many in-jokes that you basically speak another language and people outside your social circle think you are insane. 

television weirdo parks and recreation leslie knope ron swanson

5. You no longer have to endure those tiring conversations where everyone is desperately trying to impress and out-do each other. Everyone now knows that it is a lot less exhausting to just be yourself.

6. You’re prepared for how poor you will be and you’re not terrified of dipping into your overdraft. You know this is an inevitability.

Image result for money problem gif

 7. Parties are better because it’s not like first year where you sat in a room full of awkward strangers listening to supposedly ‘cool’ music. You now know that dancing around your living room and singing 90’s classics at the top of your lungs is much more fun.

party animated GIF

8. You get to look down on first years, but equally, you get to be smug around final year students who have entered the gates of hell, which have been firmly locked behind them.

9. You don’t have emotional breakdowns every time you struggle with an assignment. You know that it’s just the nature of university – you never feel like you know anything. Like at all.

Game of Thrones you know nothing hbo rose leslie ygritte

10. You no longer get lost on campus. (You just don’t go near any building where you don’t have a class. You just stick to the parts you’re familiar with.)

11. You’re familiar with the library etiquette and you know where to find a seat.

12. You know which clubs are the best on a night out and which are filled with people who are legit way too old to be there.

Image result for clubs gif

13. You have a better sense of your strengths and weaknesses, so you know which modules you’re going to be shit at.

14. When people ask what you plan to do with your life, you can tell them you have absolutely no idea without panicking because you have a whole other year before you have to start worrying.

jennifer aniston and i dont care go on who cares

15. You feel a lot less homesick, because you’ve just spent at least three months at home for the summer, counting down the days until you could return to Uni.

movies shoes wizard of oz dorothy ruby slippers

16. You know which lectures you need to attend and which ones you can skip and equally, you know which lecturers are good and which are just not fit for the responsibility of educating other humans. 

january jones im not stupid jones smart january

17. You don’t panic about every little thing. Because you spent a lot of time doing that in first year and now you realise that it’s a pointless waste of time.

Grandfathered gf vanessa circle of life hakuna matata

18. You get to be more involved with societies instead of feeling like a newbie. 

PRI dance black and white kpop fight

19. You know what stuff you need to bring with you and what stuff you can leave at home. (And if you leave anything behind, you can always use Uni Baggage.)

pack suitcase packing trip

20. You know that failing one assignment spectacularly does not mean that you’re doomed for eternity.

Related image

21. If you’re doing worse that expected, there’s still time to make it up.

22. You’re fully prepared for how horrendous group work is and which people to avoid because they are lazy, brainless good-for-nothings who will not lift a finger.


23. And if you’re the lazy, brainless good-for-nothing  who does not plan to lift a finger, then you know which people will do all the work for you. 


24. No more dumb ass fake fire drills at 4am that cause you to evacuate your halls, barely dressed and still intoxicated from the night before. 

25. You most likely know how to cook at least one decent meal by this stage. And if not, you have probably (wisely) chosen to live with someone who does. 

Disney Pixar cook ratatouille disney food

26. You’ve got this whole attendance thing worked out and you know exactly how many classes you need to go to, in order to complete the required 40%. 


27. You will have an actual, real life washing machine in your house, which means no more crappy uni halls laundry room that you have to spend £3 to use every time.

bored seinfeld boring george costanza laundry

28.  And most importantly – yes, second year actually counts – but not as much as third year.


Are you a student? Find out how Uni Baggage Can help you this September



You might also like:

What To Take To Uni – The Ultimate Checklist

UK University league Tables 2017

Which University Is Best For My Course?

Student Shipping

International Student Shipping

University Finder

Do everything we say and you’ll ace your university interview

No one likes going for an interview…

And if someone says they do, they’re either lying or they’re a sociopath. So our advice is to run away from that person as fast as you can.

Any sane person knows that interviews are daunting and nerve wracking, because there’s a lot riding on those 20 minutes you’ll spend in that room. That said, university interviews don’t have to be the worst experiences in the world. Unless something goes dreadfully wrong, you’re going to come out alive and well – remember that.

The only thing that creates nerves is the unknown. You’ve probably never experienced an interview of this intensity before, so you’ll have no idea what to expect. The only presumptions you have about university interviews are based on anecdotes and scenes from films where the student is sat in a dark room behind a huge oak table, opposite a terrifying Head of University who looks and sounds like Severus Snape.

Well, guess what? Unless you’ve applied to Hogwarts, your university interview will be nothing like that. In fact, it’s probably going to be very different from what you have replaying over and over in your mind. So, below we’re going to tell you exactly what to expect with as much detail and experience as we can give and we’re going to load you full of advice and tips to help you get accepted. You can thank us in your graduation speech.

Before the interviewImage result for Before the interview gif the office

Practice with a teacher. Organise a mock interview with a teacher that you’re a little bit scared of, as they will be able to instill the same level of nervousness and they’ll also be able to effectively set a similar tone.

Don’t dress like a lunatic. Prepare a smart and simple outfit. Now is not the time to debut a brightly patterned suit. You don’t want to do anything that will distract the interviewer from what you’re actually saying.

 Find out the format of the interview (phone/in person) and find out if you need to bring anything with you or prepare a presentation etc. You will be informed in advance if this is the case.

 Do your research! Research the course and the university and the person who will be interviewing you. But don’t try stalk them on Facebook or find out where they live and drive past their house – a look at their profile on the university website will suffice.

 Reread your personal statement. Sounds obvious, but the interviewer will refer to your PS, as this is their only impression of you thus far.

Take your head out of the sand. You’re going to talk about your subject – so brush up on what’s happening in the chosen field. Eg. If you’re studying Maths, then make sure you’re up to date with all the funky new maths trends. (I didn’t study Maths. I don’t know if Math trends exist.)

Zzzzzzz. Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Drink a mug of disgusting Horlicks, listen to meditative music – do anything you need to rest.

Know where you’re going. Make sure you know exactly where the interview is and how long it will take you to get there. Then add an extra 30 mins on to your time for safety. One hour if you’re a terrible time keeper.

 Eat. Don’t go in on an empty stomach, but also don’t eat anything that smells strongly.

Check yo’self. Take a look in the mirror. If you have pen on your face, the interviewer will only remember you as the candidate with pen on their face.

 Switch off. Turn off your phone or leave it with someone else.

At the interviewImage result for interview gif

Arrive a little bit early so that you can enter the room ready and composed.

Be cool. Walk in calmly, stand tall and prepare to shake the person’s hand.

Smile and be normal. Remember that the interviewer is just a person and if you’re anxious it will make them feel anxious too.

Reign in the crazy. Don’t twitch, tap your foot or move your body a lot. These aren’t the actions of a confident person and will be distracting.

Take your time. Talk slowly and clearly.

Be enthusiastic. Talk passionately, but don’t ramble. Let the interviewer ask questions.

Be a showoff. Remember that this is an excuse to tell someone how brilliant you are. Don’t be modest.

PMA. Positivity is key. Use words like “excited” and “fascinating”. Praise the university and show off your knowledge about the course.

Eye see you. Make eye contact but don’t stare the person out like a psycho.

Be honest. If you don’t understand something or if you need a question repeated, just ask. This will create an ease and a dialogue between you and the interviewer and it will show humility, which is an admirable trait.

???? At the end of the interview, you might be asked if you have any questions. Try to have something prepared. Ask what graduates of the course went on to do afterwards. This will show that you are serious about studying, rather than just the experience of university.

After the interview

Image result for interview gif the office

Don’t bang your head against a wall everytime you think of something you could have said. It doesn’t change anything. It’s too late.

Remember there is no right answer. The interviewer will be more influenced by how you spoke on a certain topic rather than the details of what you said. (Unless you said something completely ludicrous. They’ll remember that. Sorry. That doesn’t help at all.)

Go home and relax.

What university interviewers are looking for

A confident candidate who is passionate about their chosen subject and enthusiastic about attending the university. Some one who is hardworking and likely to stay on the course for the entire duration and graduate.

Questions you will probably get asked at your university interview


Q. Tell me about yourself? A. Where you’re from, what you study, your hobbies, your interests.

Q. Tell me about your academic achievements? A. Talk about what you’re studying, any impressive exam results or awards. If you got a D in coursework during your GCSEs, just don’t mention it.

Q. What are your career aspirations? A. Have a specific goal in mind. Don’t say ‘I don’t know’.

Q. How would your teachers describe your work? A. “They would say that I’m hard working, determined, consistent and that I’m a high achiever.”

Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses? A. Always have a weakness prepared, preferably something small and specific. Don’t say: “I’m a massive panicker and I always have enormous mental breakdowns in the middle of exams.”

Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. “I’ve been going to dance lessons since I was five. I find it really helps me unwind. And I noticed that XXX university has a dance society which I’d love to join.”

About the course

Q. Why do you feel you could be successful on this course?  A. “I’m extremely motivated and passionate about International Relations (I don’t know what you’re studying. I ain’t psychic.). I’ve read about the modules and find them all fascinating and really think I could excel here.”

Q. Are you good at working under pressure? A. “Yes, I’m an incredibly organised which helps me deal with all levels of stress and pressure.”

Q. Why do you want to study (the subject you have applied for)? A. “Because I love the field of veterinary science and feel that I could carve an amazing career for myself in this industry.”

Q. Why this course in particular? A. “I know that the standard of learning at this university is particularly high. I really enjoy the atmosphere here and this course has been recommended to me a number of times by professionals in the fashion design industry.”

Q. Do you have any questions that you would like to ask us? A. “Yes. I would love to know how many graduates from this course are likely to get jobs in the specific industry. Are there any pathways this course can lead to that I might be unaware of?”

Q. Why should we offer you a place? A. “Because I’m bright, intelligent, hard working, enthusiastic, determined, passionate and the best person in the wooooorrrrllllddd.” Or something to that effect.

celebrate animated GIF

Good luck if you have any interviews and Tweet us @Unibaggage to let us know how you got on.

You might also like:

What To Take To Uni – The Ultimate Checklist

UK University league Tables 2017

Which University Is Best For My Course?

Student Shipping

International Student Shipping

University Finder

18 Life Goals For Every Student

beyonce money pay day friday bey

Going to university is supposed to mean that your life is on track…

But when you get there you realise that none of your s**t is together. Like, at all. You’re scared to death of being unemployed forever, you can’t do your own washing without ruining at least one item of clothing and your love life is a mess. Mainly because you’ve run out of swipes on Tinder.

If you’ve ever spent some time reading inspirational quotes on Pinterest, you’ll know that self-improvement is all about goals – kick ass life goals. So here are some student related life goals to keep you motivated.

Goal 1: To be able to empty your ASOS wishlist into the shopping cart and click ‘proceed to checkout’ without worrying about your bank balance.

asos checkout funny

Goal 2: To be the ‘after’ in a before and after body transformation picture.

homer simpson fat mumu king size homer homer simpson mumu

Goal 3: To have a really individual sense of personal style and a never ending wardrobe like all these fashion bloggers on Instagram that seem to do nothing but are still really rich.

Banana Republic cute model red hello

Goal 4: Become famous on the internet and live like a Kardashian so you no longer have to deal with this.

Image result for KARDASHIAN GIF

Goal 5: Be able to enjoy a sensible night out that doesn’t involve crying, passing out, vomiting and waking up the next morning overwhelmed by a gut wrenching fear that you’ve done something deplorable. Which, of course, you have.

Goal 6: To know which compartment the washing powder goes into in the washing machine, instead of just guessing and hoping for the best.

cat weird bra laundry washing

Goal 7: Take a real adult holiday where you stay in an actual nice hotel rather than slumming it in a hostel or sleeping on a friend of a friend’s floor during a boozy weekend in Berlin.

dog summer cool sunglasses vacation

Goal 8: Stop living in your overdraft and wincing in pain every time you look at your bank account.

john travolta confused travolta poor wallet

Goal 9: Know how to do Harvard referencing without having to Google it every time.

funny google

Goal 10: Look good at the gym instead of a sweaty mess in leggings that don’t fit and an oversized T Shirt that you think you got free with something.

movie monday mean girls regina george sweat pants

Goal 11: Feel full enough to say ‘no thank you’ when someone offers you food.

Goal 12: Be able to buy nice things when you want them, instead of having to walk around the shop three times while you calculate how much money you have to survive on if you buy said nice thing.

et animated GIF

Goal 13: Stop stalking attractive strangers on Instagram and feeling depressed when you realise you will never look like that if you carry on eating a whole pizza as a snack at 3am.

food eating fat lazy rugrats

Goal 14: Be able to ask your parents for a favour without using that weird baby voice.

Goal 15: Choose a bottle of wine that you like the taste of, rather than the one with the highest alcohol content.

new girl animated GIF

Goal 16: Do a weekly food shop that doesn’t just consist of a frozen pizza, a block of cheese, a multipack of crisps and vodka.

fine dining

Goal 17: Not freak out about being/your gf being pregnant every single month. Even if you didn’t have sex.

vmas pregnant pregnancy beyonce

Goal 18: Spend less time on Tinder and stop telling people you’re doing it for fun when really you’re sitting in your room Googling stories of people who met their soulmate on Tinder to inspire you.

Image result for phone gif


Are you a student? Find out how Uni Baggage can help you this September…


Learn more:

Uni Baggage – Student Shipping

International Student Shipping

Student Storage Alternative

Airline Baggage Information

What To Take To Uni – The ULTIMATE Checklist

mickey mouse packing moving

What To Take To Uni  – The ULTIMATE Checklist by Uni Baggage

Going to university is a pretty big deal. There’s a reason why everyone is telling you it’s going to be the best few years of your life.

But as well as being super exciting, getting ready to go to university is also super stressful. Particularly when it comes to packing all your stuff. Most new uni students haven’t spent more than a few weeks away from home, so it’s almost impossible to know what you need to bring with you for an entire year and what can be left behind.

So as we at Uni Baggage are kinda the experts at this sort of thing (find out more about our student shipping services here…), we thought it was our duty to put together a comprehensive university packing list to ensure that you have everything you need. We’ve covered absolutely everything; from your accommodation essentials, to your bathroom essentials, to your academic supplies, to the important documents you simply can’t leave behind, and more. We’ve even included a few non-essential, but pretty useful items; all to save you from any moments of panic. The last thing you want to do is forget something.

All things considered, remember, you’re not moving to another planet. At the end of the day, it just isn’t feasible to take everything you own in the world with you to university (we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but rooms in student halls are tiny). So, if in a week or two after you arrive you realise you’ve left something important at home and need it with you at university, your parents can always use Uni Baggage to send it to you.

Packing For University - Our Top Tips
1. Don't leave it to the last minute - give yourself plenty of time to pack!
2. Shampoos, shower gels, hair conditioners, etc can take up way too much space and weight in your luggage. Think about what you can buy when you get there!
3. Make digital and paper copies of your most important documents.
4. Bring flip-flops/shower shoes - you'll thank us later!
5. Transport your luggage to university with Uni Baggage!

The Ultimate University Packing List

Important Documents

The following documents will be extremely important for your move to university, especially during your first few weeks. Make copies (paper and digital) of all of them and keep all of them together in a secure file to ensure none of them go missing.

  • Passport/driving license or some form of ID
  • All official university documents, including your acceptance letter
  • All your Student Finance documents
  • Accommodation documents
  • Your course acceptance letter
  • Your bank details and bank card
  • Passport photos
  • National Insurance card

Electrical Items/Entertainment

It really goes without saying that you’ll want to bring entertainment with you to university, such as your laptop. After all, how else will you procrastinate other than binge-watching the latest Netflix series? You may even want to bring your own TV, though you should check with your university/accommodation before you pack it. If you’re moving into student halls, you should check with your accommodation office if you will need to pack an Ethernet cable, or whether internet is wireless.

Clothing Items

Clothing is usually a no-brainer, you’ll most likely know which items of clothing you want to take with you to university. Nevertheless, we thought we would summarise the basic essentials into a handy list, including a few extras that you may have forgotten about, to make sure you’ve got everything you need for all occasions.

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Everyday clothing
  • Everyday shoes
  • Formal clothing
  • Formal shoes
  • Smart-causal clothing
  • Nightwear
  • Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
  • Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
  • Dressing gown
  • Swimwear
  • Backpack
  • Gym Bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Raincoat
  • Winter boots
  • Slippers
  • Flip-flops (especially if you have a communal bathroom!)

TV Land Classic friends joey joey tribbiani matt leblanc

Academic Items

Academic supplies such as books and notepads can take up a significant amount of weight and space in your luggage. So, don’t panic, you can always stock up on everything you need when you get to university. Most university campuses will have a shop providing all of the essential stationery items. That said, there are a few basic essentials you might want to take with you just to get started with.

  • Sellotape
  • Journal/diary/planner
  • Pens and pencils
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Highlighters

Your university will likely send you a ‘recommended reading list’ prior to your arrival at uni, and purchasing all of these textbooks right off the bat can seem like the sensible, organised thing to do. However, it’s best to wait until you’ve actually started your course and assessed the situation before you decide which books you absolutely need to purchase. Because not only do they take up a hefty amount of space and weight in your luggage – they’re expensive! You’ll quickly learn that you can find many of them in the library for free, or you could even borrow/share them with your course-mates. Moreover, many universities hold second-hand book fairs in which students in the years above can sell their textbooks to new students.

Kitchen Items

If you’re living in halls of residence, you will most likely have a fully stocked kitchen, so there’s no need to pack up a toaster, kettle or a microwave. It’s always worthwhile checking with your accommodation office beforehand – if you do require these items, we’d recommend picking up some basic versions from your local supermarket to save on your pennies. And, don’t forget about the basics.

  • A couple of bowls and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Reusable food containers/tupperware
  • Travel mug
  • Bottle opener
  • Tin opener
  • Water filter
  • Saucepan
  • Wok
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking tray
  • Frying pan
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Cheese grater
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Dish cloths/sponges

Bedroom Items

Again, if you’re living in halls of residence, rooms will be furnished with all of the essentials; a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a bedside table, etc. So, all there is left for you to worry about is the basics. Don’t forget to ask about the size of your bed!

  • Duvet
  • Bedsheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Mattress protector
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag or basket (for dragging items to and from the laundry room)
  • Clothes horse
  • Door stop
  • Ear plugs
  • Hot water bottle
  • Waste basket
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Mini iron and ironing board

Bathroom Items

If you’re sharing a bathroom with others in your halls of residence, you’ll want to bring your own towels. And, you’ll be very thankful for shower shoes, trust us…

  • Towels (for hands, face and body)
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes

Toiletries/Medical Supplies

  • Personal prescription medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine (you’ll need it for Freshers’ Flu!)
  • Multivitamins
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Birth control pills
  • Condoms
  • Tampons/sanitary pads
  • Nail scissors
  • Razors
  • Comb/brush
  • Cosmetics
  • Suncream
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Toiletries bag


These random items might slip your mind when packing up your stuff, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how handy some of them can be in your time of need.

  • A torch
  • Swiss army knife
  • Blu tac or pins
  • Febreeze
  • Change for washing machines and bus fares
  • Playing cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Handheld hoover
  • Tool kit
  • Books
  • Sports equipment
  • Beach towel

Essential non-essentials

The following items aren’t exactly essentials, but we can almost guarantee that you’ll want to bring them to have in your new room, to give it that touch of home.

  • Photos of family and friends
  • Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
  • Fake plants for decoration
  • Fairy lights for decoration
  • Wall mirror/full-length mirror
  • Bulletin board

Check before you pack…

As we mentioned before, many halls of residence will already be facilitated with essential kitchen appliances and furniture. As well, many will have certain restrictions set in place for items such as candles (open flames in student accommodation can be a fire hazard) and posters/wall art (you may be forbidden from hanging these on the walls). So before you pack, be sure to check first!

  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • Toastie maker
  • Coffee maker
  • Printer
  • TV
  • Posters/wall art
  • Candles
  • Incense

Got something you think we should add? Tweet us your suggestions!

Getting Your Luggage To Uni

Once you’ve finished packing, you then face the challenge of transporting all of that luggage to your new home at university. This can be quite an effort if you’re going to uni in a whole new town, city, or even country. Thankfully, that’s where Uni Baggage comes in.

So, to help make life easier, you can use a student shipping service – like Uni Baggage! Uni Baggage specialises in transporting students’ belongings to and from university every single term. We ship to over 200 countries worldwide, and we’re trusted by 30,000 students across the world. You can read about how we can help here, or get a quote!


Are you a student?

Find out how Uni Baggage can make your life easier!


Also check out:

24 Unexpected Things You Need To Bring To Uni

UK University League Tables 2017

Which University Is Best For My Degree?


Learn More:

Student Shipping

International Student Shipping

What to Bring to College

The SMART Way To Get Your Luggage Home

Fancy 5% off your booking? Use the code COMINGHOME5 at the checkout!

Heading home from university? Your summer holidays? Got a lot of luggage?

Whether you’re heading home from your final term at university to enjoy the summer break, or if you’re reluctantly heading home from your summer holidays, you’ve likely got a fair few personal belongings to bring with you. It’s no secret that travelling home with heavy bags and suitcases in tow isn’t exactly an easy and stress-free experience…

Thankfully, Uni Baggage has a solution.

Uni Baggage helps you to send your luggage home the SMART way.

Whether you’re travelling from the USA back to the UK, from Liverpool to Belfast, or even from London to New York – we can give you a helping hand with your belongings.

Our convenient door to door collection and delivery service means you don’t have to go through the hassle of dropping all your luggage off at a drop-off point, nor will you have to collect it from a pick-up point at the other side. We’ll take care of the hard work for you.

Uni Baggage will keep you updated about your shipment from the moment you place your booking until the moment your items arrive safe and sound. To give you that extra peace of mind, we provide full online luggage tracking to allow you to monitor the status of your shipment. And, if you happen to have any questions or concerns along the way, our customer support team will be happy to help via telephone, email and live chat.

At Uni Baggage, we understand that when it comes to your personal belongings, it’s only natural to feel some apprehension about handing everything over to a delivery driver. At Uni Baggage, we strive to provide a luggage shipping service you know you can trust.

Uni Baggage is used and trusted by over 50,000 customers in the UK and Worldwide. It costs as little as £16.99 to send a HUGE 30kg box or suitcase. With Uni Baggage, you’ll never have to worry about leaving your belongings behind at the end of your travels.

So, what are you waiting for?


Learn more:

Luggage Shipping

Airline Baggage Information

5 Things To Do During Summer On A Student Budget

Image result for summer gif

It has been a long, cold winter (and an even longer final semester) but, thankfully, summer and the prospect of having fun is fast approaching. If living on a student budget means that spending the summer travelling the world is out of reach, fret not, because there are still plenty of things you can do during the warmer months that won’t break the bank.

1. Take a trip to the beach.

Related image

Sure, it’s an obvious one, but would it really be summer if you didn’t take at least one trip to the beach? Slap on the sunscreen (because skincare is important), pack some yummy treats, grab a picnic blanket and get some fresh sea air in your lungs. It’s the perfect low-cost way of having fun during the warmer months. Even if the weather isn’t playing ball, grab your raincoat and go! You’d be surprised at how much it could lift your mood.

2. Catch up with old friends.

Image result for friends hug gif

How many times have you and your oldest friends promised that you’ll meet up really soon? And how many times have you actually acted upon that? We could take a wild guess. We’re all guilty of it. That said, summer is generally a time when people are less stressed out by work, and most find it easier to make time for socialising. The bright, light nights bring the opportunity to do more with your time. So, pencil in those coffee dates. Plan those cocktail nights – and actually make them happen. It’ll do wonders for your mental health and social well-being. The best part is, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

3. Host a BBQ party.

Image result for bbq gif

One thing I’ve promised myself that I’ll attempt this summer is hosting a BBQ party for the first time ever. Yes, I said attempt. You don’t have to be a pro – after all, the attempt is where all the fun is at. Call up some close friends and family and invite them to the BBQ of the summer. If you need some inspiration, check out your local butcher’s for meat pack deals, grab some fresh fruit and make popsicles (we’ve included a recipe below!)

TIP: If you’re a first timer, maybe buy more food, just as a back up…

4. Make homemade popsicles


There’s nothing better than a refreshing ice pop after a long, hot day in the sun. Get creative and make some fruity, summer inspired popsicles. My personal favourite is Strawberry Yoghurt Ice Pops – they’re unbelievably refreshing. Here’s how to do it:

What you’ll need:

  • 2 fresh strawberries
  • 100ml milk
  • 100ml strawberry flavoured yoghurt
  • Ice pop molds


  • Cut the strawberries into cubes.
  • Blend the strawberries.
  • Mix blended strawberries, strawberry yoghurt and milk in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour into ice pop molds.
  • Freeze for at least 8 hours.
  • To remove ice pops, run hot water over the bottom of the mold.
  • Serve and enjoy!

5. Glamp it up.

Image result for glamping gif

Camping is old news.. it’s all about glamping, AKA, glamorous camping. It’s no longer exclusively for the TOWIE cast who started the trend years ago, it’s for everyone and a great opportunity for a short summer getaway! Sites like Glampsites.com help you to find your ideal glamping break in unique and inspirational places. There are glamping sites to be found throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond – and they are surprisingly affordable.

Are you a student?

Find out how Uni Baggage can make your life easier!



You might also like:

27 Things You Should Know About Leaving Uni For The Summer

25 Things You Miss About Uni During Summer

Learn more:

College Shipping

What To Bring To College

International Student Shipping

29 Signs That You’re Going To Fail Your Exams

community school college old joel mchale

Exams are looming…

If you’re reading this post, you’re either super organised, prepared and confident with loads of time to spare, or you’re on a total downward spiral of procrastination towards likely failure.

If it’s the latter, this one’s for you….

29 Signs That You’re Going To Fail Your Exams

1. You spent a fortune on fancy stationary to create a very detailed revision timetable which you have yet to use.

stationery rulers frixion highlighters pencil case

2. You Snapchat pictures and videos of yourself revising to convince everyone, mainly yourself, that you’re working hard.

snapchat tongue filter

3. You seriously consider leaving uni to embark on a new journey.

Image result for im leaving gif

4. You’re beyond the point of stress. You’ve entered into an eerie sense of calm, almost as if you’ve accepted your fate.

comic adult swim calm this is fine resigned

5. You’re constantly messaging your friends to ask if they’ve started revising yet.

ok email emails text office

6. When your friends say they haven’t, you believe them and see it as an excuse to do no work.

paul rudd fuck it reactions exactly who cares

7. You spend more time calculating how many marks you need to pass than you do on actually studying.

Cheezburger test doug study exam

8. You will literally do any and every menial task you can to avoid studying.


9. When you get too overwhelmed by how screwed you are, you decide to take a nap.

girl beach kid tired sleepy

10. Or have a cry.

11. You go on Facebook to see who’s online so you feel better about the fact that you’re doing nothing.

Syfy relief phew whew thats a relief

12. You keep picking up your phone and unlocking out of habit, ending up four hours deep through Instagram and not remembering how it happened.

ross staring david schwimmer ross geller trance

13. You go to the library and spend more time people watching than revising.

stare staring dwayne johnson

14. When you can’t find a seat in the library, you see it as a sign that you’re not supposed to revise.

praying pray show michael reunion

15. In fact, you use every inconvenience a sign that you’re not supposed to revise.

please hope zach galifianakis pray baskets

16. You reward yourself for being in the library for four consecutive hours by going for a drink.

17. You tell yourself repeatedly “I’ll start it tomorrow”.

why you always lying liar

18. You promise yourself you’ll get up early but then end up lying in bed just staring at your phone.

cat animals favorite bed music videos

19. You reward yourself with food and breaks every time you do the slightest bit of work.

30 rock tina fey liz lemon cupcake snack

20. You ask your friends to revise in the library with you, even though you know you’ll get no work done around each other.

Image result for Gif library

21. You end up down a Netflix rabbit hole. You’ve watched the entire new season of Kimmy Schmidt and can’t remember how it happened.

Foxtel binge watch game of thrones hbo peter dinklage

22. So you feel guilty and pull and all-nighter.

insomnia twin peaks frustrated dale cooper

23. And spend most of the time staring at the blank screen.

kim kardashian bored cricket boring crickets

24. You try to keep yourself motivated by day dreaming about much you can go out when exams are over.

Disney alice in wonderland in a world of my own day dream

25. It doesn’t take too much effort for someone to persuade you to go out.

26. Your house is spotless because you’ve done so much procrasti-cleaning.

Image result for Gif Cleaning

27. When you get confused about a certain topic, you skip it and just hope it doesn’t come up.

dog phone human thinking studying

28. You read through past papers, get confused, sneak a peak at the answer and tell yourself “I totally would have written that.”

29. You consider acquiring an injury so that you can get an extension.

Image result for Gif thinking

You might also like:

26 Signs You’re A Student Who Leaves Everything To The Last Minute

24 Pictures That Sum Up Exam Season At Uni

20 Times You Wanted To Punch University Right In The Face

What To Take To Uni – The Ultimate Checklist

Meet Our Student Bloggers

Student Shipping

International Student Shipping

University Finder

Brand Ambassadors in USA Wanted!

Do you have a blog or big social influence?

Uni Baggage for looking for brand ambassadors to tell the world about Uni Baggage, so if you have a ton of friends, great Instagram or Blog (among the many other social channels!) we want to hear from you!

We are looking for:

  1. Students
  2. People that love to travel
  3. People that have moved countries (Expats)

Uni Baggage is a door to door luggage shipping company, which allow users to send luggage to 200+ countries and regions worldwide at the tap of a button. You can get a quote and book online and we will arrive at your door to collect your luggage on a date to suit you and all at a very affordable price.

Uni Baggage is used by 50,000+ students, frequent travellers, expats, among many more.

We have recently launched 500 new routes to and from USA and want to get the word out, so if you have a blog, are a member of a travel/expat community/forum or a student you should join our brand ambassador program.

We pay $10 for every booking that comes from your link, and we will also offer a $10 discount to your readers/friends as well.

If you are interested please apply here.

Uni Baggage Launches in the USA

We have some exciting news – Uni Baggage has launched in the USA!

At Uni Baggage, we are constantly striving to improve and expand our luggage shipping services. As such, we are very pleased to announce that we have launched our services in the United States of America, offering over 500 new routes to and from the USA.

We are now able to accommodate more shipments than ever before, whether you’re travelling for business or for leisure, heading off to study abroad for a year, or perhaps even relocating with family or for work – we can help you transport your luggage quickly and safely to and from the United States to over 200 countries worldwide – all for a price you can afford. We now offer payment in Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros.

What’s more, we have recently welcomed new members of staff to the Uni Baggage team, and our UK and Ireland opening hours will now run from 9am-10pm, Monday-Friday. We are now also offering longer opening hours in the USA, to accommodate our new routes. All of this allows us to offer a high standard of support to even more customers worldwide. Should you need to, you can contact support team via telephone, email and live chat.

How Does Uni Baggage Work?

Booking your luggage shipment with Uni Baggage is easy, and only takes a few short moments. Our easy to use online booking system is available 24/7 – simply start by obtaining an instant quote straight from our homepage. Once you’ve booked, we’ll send you some shipping labels to attach to your shipment. After that, we’ll take care of the rest.

What Can I Send?

When you book with Uni Baggage, you can send your personal effects on our service in suitcases or boxes – or even a mixture of both! Our service even allows you to send typically oversized items, such as sporting equipment or musical instruments, so long as these are packaged appropriately, whether it be in a sporting bag or instrument case.

Convenient and Reliable Luggage Shipping

Uni Baggage offers convenient and affordable luggage collection and delivery services for everyone. Whether you’re relocating, are a student, a holidaymaker, a business user or otherwise – we can help! Our door to door service makes the entire process of transporting luggage across the world straightforward and stress-free. As well, when you book with us, we offer a handy online luggage tracking service, which keeps you in the know and allows you to monitor the progress of your shipment every step of the way.

So, what are you waiting for?


Send Your Luggage Home From Your Study Abroad

Travelling home from your study abroad? Got a lot of stuff to bring?

You need Uni Baggage.

Uni Baggage provides a low-cost, convenient and reliable door to door luggage collection and delivery service for students returning home from their study abroad.

Studying Abroad

Each and every year, thousands of students travel overseas to study abroad. It’s the perfect opportunity to gain some new-found independence and see more of the world. In that time, it can be easy to gather up a lot of stuff, and when it comes to bringing all of your personal belongings home, you face the dilemma of how to actually transport it.

How Does Uni Baggage Work?

Booking with Uni Baggage is easy. Our online booking system is available 24/7 and takes just a few short moments to complete. Once you’ve booked, we’ll send you some labels to print and attach to your shipment. After that, we’ll take care of everything else for you.


Uni Baggage keeps you updated from the moment you place your booking until the moment your shipment arrives safely at its destination. To give you that extra peace of mind, we offer full online luggage tracking so that you can monitor the progress of your shipment every step of the way. If you happen to have any questions or concerns along the way, our customer support team will be happy to help via phone, email and live chat.

Airline Baggage Alternative

With Uni Baggage, you can wave goodbye to expensive airline baggage fees. Our convenient luggage shipping services allows you to bring more possessions than if you were relying on a few checked pieces of luggage when flying – so nothing gets left behind!

Uni Baggage offers an affordable alternative to airline baggage. Not only can you save your pennies, but shipping with us makes that tedious wait for the appearance of your suitcase at the luggage carousel a thing of the past. Not to mention the possibility of your suitcase not appearing at all. Uni Baggage ships your luggage quickly and safely.

Uni Baggage allows you to ship a massive 30kg/66lbs per suitcase or box at fantastic low rates. You’ll also be given the option to pay extra for even heavier items, if you need to.

What Can I Send?

With Uni Baggage, you can ship your personal belongings in suitcases, boxes, or even a mixture of both. You can also send typically large or oversized items, such as sports equipment, or musical instruments, though they should be appropriately packaged.

Convenient and Reliable Luggage Shipping

Our convenient door to door luggage collection and delivery makes our service incredibly easy and convenient for busy students returning home from their study abroad. What’s more – you don’t need to worry about waiting weeks for your important study materials to arrive. We offer fast transit times, with express services available across routes worldwide.

So, what are you waiting for?


Learn more:

Student Shipping

International Student Shipping

University Finder