For years, Collegiate have been providing students across the UK with all the advice pieces and features they need to get a head start on Uni life. So, here are a few social blogs and student advice sites you should follow before you start at university. From blogs that allow you to chat about math’s problems, to sites where you can search and upload the latest academic papers, there are many places to learn something new, and meet like-minded people.
We always endeavour to bring you all the information you need right here at our advice section, but we are always more than happy to recommend sites that we think may help to enhance your university experience.
Our List Of The Best Student Blogs And Social Sites
As is the case with many areas of news and press these days, the student news sector has become somewhat saturated with blogs, microsites and voucher code sites, making it quite difficult to really know which you should be spending your precious non-study time following and reading.
There are a few sites that we at Collegiate think are an absolute ‘must’ to survive Uni, so we’ve pulled them together in one place so you don’t have to do all the research – you do enough of that already! Take a look and let us know what you think.
Student Beans – A student site listing things to do. Student Beans sprouted in June 2005 from a brainwave James Eder had while at Birmingham University. He decided to create a hub where students could find useful stuff like offers and discounts, and have some fun at the same time. It’s not just filled with discounts, but can also give you ideas on things to do.
Cramster – Cramster is a great social site that doubles as a revision tool for those of you studying maths. It does cost to join, but is not too expensive at $9.95. It’s a great way to meet like-minded students, and to improve your grades.
Academia – Academia is a great, easy way to share papers with fellow academics all over the world. While we wouldn’t recommend uploading your essays, you could certainly use it for research purposes.
The Student Room - The Student Room is one of the most popular student communities, and generates content for all students, studying GCSE’s, A-Levels or at university taking a degree. You can also search for a job or get advice about anything else life decides to throw at you!
Lynda – Not an official student website however Lynda hosts a huge variety of online courses across a number of specialties’ which you can sign up to and complete at your own pace. Some of them even hand out certificates, so why not enrich your Linked in profile before or during university to make you more employable? Now part of Linkedin, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organizations with tutorials in five languages. Lynda.com is a global platform for success.
Labroots – Lab Roots is a useful site for those studying science. A great way to communicate with fellow scientists it also keeps you up to date on the latest news, research and discoveries. A useful discussion tool it could leave you feeling inspired for your next university project.
Reddit – Reddit has many chat rooms for you to join, and is a useful place to keep up to date with the latest events. People also tend to sell last-minute tickets to festivals, and events if you ever happen to miss out on your favourite band or festival tickets.
Study Blue – A huge crowdsourced library with over 400 million flashcards, notes and study guides. Make and share study materials, search for study content from other students, track progress, set reminders, and create custom quizzes. Over 15 million students have already joined so you’re bound to find someone willing to help!
Don’t Forget About Your University Chat!
The final sites you need to consider are obviously your own universities social channels and chat facilities, which your campus will no doubt have. These are a great way to interact with your peers, lecturers and obviously find out a lot more about your course. So, we recommend you take full advantage of these.
Don’t forget that your own college will have developed its own intranet style forum where you can exchange messages about study materials, lecture notes and of course, where and when the next big student night out is in your local town or city.
If you wish to get involved then we recommend utilising these blogs and sites, as your social life could benefit as well as your studies! There are the obvious sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but you will no doubt be on these already!
Hopefully these websites will help you establish an early social support network, as well as bring you tremendous fun and opportunity. And remember, you can take a look through the rest of our own blog here at Collegiate, for more guidance and advice on student living.