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Top Tips for New Students in Leeds

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Published February 12th 2013
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Lock your door

Although Leeds is a pretty safe city it does have a massive problem with burglary. In fact, I don't know many people who have lived in the student areas and not been mercilessly robbed, usually when they're on a night out. Keeping your door locked at all times in a must and chaining your bike up outside your house (or anywhere else for that matter) is defiantly not advised. I personally gave up owning a bike after the second one was stolen. Other top tips that seem to decrease the chances of getting burgled seem to involve not inadvertently giving local taxi drivers information about when you and your pals are going to be out of your house and keeping up to time with your rent. I don't know much about how these links have been demonstrated but they seem to work, further research needed.

Get your deposit back

I know it's exciting when you've just moved into a house and you want to christen it with a game of ring of fire then engage in endless incoherent rubbish about how this isn't going to the party house anymore and how you're going to have to seek somewhere else to trash after a night out. I realise that eagerness to engage in the new house rituals are tempting, but I advise first to check the house for any damage and make sure that you take pictures. Make sure the inventory you sign matches the house or you will get rinsed for you deposit. It's as simple as that I'm afraid and about 80% of students living in Hyde Park/Headingley/Woodhouse usually do.

Scrimp and Scrounge

It may seem tempting to attack the third Greggs of the day but think, is this going to also attack your ever dwindling overdraft? The answer is probably yes, which is why you must at least temporary become a pretty bad scrounge. This means different things to different people. For instance, it may mean downgrading form the delicious homemade Sunday roast to an Iceland frozen pizza which basically looks like a piece of tracing paper with a bit of cheese on it. Breakfast will become the most interesting as well as the most important meal of the day. This is because it will typically consist of what's left over from last night; goodbye expensive cereal, hello cold tracing paper pizza! Just remember no matter how homesick you may feel, Waitrose and M and S are strictly off limits.
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good tips
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