5 Things to Consider Before Apartment Hunting

One of the biggest life changes you’ll make when you start university is MOVING.  I am referring, of course, to the process of turning a new and unfamiliar place into home-sweet-home.

Before you begin your ambitious search for a place to call your own, it’s important that you know what you’re looking for.  Flinging yourself willy-nilly into the vast world of housing rental options will end in disaster… and possibly the occasional weeping fit.

To help make for some hassle-free apartment hunting, here are the basic things you need to consider before you start: 
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UPON ARRIVAL: A blog post for the newcomers

For those of you who are new to SIBT (and possibly new to Australia completely), WELCOME!

(And a friendly hello to those of you returning – hope you are enjoying your break!)

Starting your studies somewhere new can be a daunting process, especially with that massive, scary check list of things you still need to do.   Do not fret!  SIBT students are here to save the day with some information that will make this transition a little easier for you.

Hopefully this blog hasn’t caught you at the airport about to board a plane to Sydney, Australia, with no plan on where you are going to go or stay, but if that is the case hopefully your airport has Wi-Fi (assuming it does if you’re reading this) and you can click away on all these fabulous links.

First of all, let’s get you some ACCOMMODATION.
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Celebrating the end of exams!

CONGRATULATIONS!  Exams are over and it’s time to celebrate. Celebrating doesn’t have to involve a raging party (although it most certainly can) – the main point is that you’ve worked hard over the last few weeks*, and you need to reward yourself appropriately.

*You should have been working hard – if you spent more time looking at kittens on the internet than studying last week, you don’t deserve anything but this disapproving face —————>

After that final exam, you’ll probably feel a number of things all at once: excited, exhausted, sleep deprived, relieved and WILDLY happy they are over. So there will be many different ways you can reward yourself for those epic study efforts. And here they are:

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The Science of Study

Whether or not you are actually studying Science, it’s always encouraging to hear some study tips that science has given its’ tick of approval to. It’s no news that maintaining focus while studying is difficult. It’s practically harder than studying itself, though I’ve managed to find a few tips (that I didn’t know right up until this moment) to help you along your study journey.


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Surviving a day at the library

The good news? You’ve made it this far without a breakdown and there are only a couple more days of exams left.  Before you can let your hair down and really celebrate, you’ve got to face just a few more days of library lockdown.

To help prepare you for long hours in the confines of the library, I have created a Library Survival Guide. This will allow you make it through the rest of this sickening week – ideally without any outbursts of profanity or stress-related night terrors.
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Brain Power Foods!

We all know the best form of study procrastination is eating or preparing the food you intend to eat. It just seems to be a really effective way of both wasting time and rewarding yourself with plenty of delicious foodie mouthfuls.

The process of deciding to snack while studying occupies a sufficient amount of time. First you decide to snack, then you think about what you want to snack on, you make the executive decision to snack, you walk from your allocated study space towards the kitchen, you assess the current status of the fridge/pantry, you pick your ingredients, you prepare your snack, you admire your master chef skills, you transport your snack to a couch / back to your study area and finally you consume your snack. That has to occupy a quality 30-40 min right?

Well…what if I told you, you could snack while studying and it could IMPROVE YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION!?!?!

I know. Science has done it again people.
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How to beat the top 5 causes of procrastination

Cause #1YOURSELF

YOU are your own worst enemy when it comes to staying focused. Not only are you contending with thousands of unrelated thoughts in your own head, you are the source of many other distractions.

Maybe you find a mysterious stain on your sweater, only to spend the next half hour brainstorming its origin. Or maybe there’s a thread unravelling that you MUST pull through to the end. In the most extreme case scenario maybe you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, decide to give yourself an impromptu haircut and wind up looking a bit “special” – like you’ve had a nasty run-in with a lawn mower or a pair of children’s scissors.

Solution: Pick a spot on the wall and stare at it when you are trying to focus on something. This is your “study spot”. And avoid mirrors at all costs.
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