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If like myself, you commute to university, you may share the same envy that I have of my friends who live close by, or at other on-campus student accommodation.

Fortunately, I was lucky enough to experience the convenience of living on-campus, reducing my commute to literally nothing!

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Joining us in Semester 2? In an expensive city like Sydney, finding secure off-campus accommodation can be stressful and difficult. Here are some tips from my own experience:

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At the beginning of the year, I decided, after assistance from friends and fits of panic, to move out. Six months on, I have survived the initial whims. But there are several things that you should be aware, lest the lack of your mother’s cooking leave you ill, grumpy and hoping that you should have lived off your parents until you could live off your kids.

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Apologies for the lack of entries! Things became rather busy. Let me explain.

I took four subjects last semester because I want to finish my undergraduate degree this year (so I can do any of a few things that I have planned, including - fix up some health problems, travel to London, move to Melbourne, get a full time job, etc.) As a consequence of this decision, I was busy. Very busy. I chose subjects that required a lot of reading and even more thought - third year English subjects especially, and pre-Honours subjects. If you are looking to do honours make sure you find out what is required from the faculty or department that you are studying under. You probably need to complete the requirements for a major and a bit more, and possibly take some specific subjects that teach you about research or other things necessary for an honours degree.

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To continue for a bit on my theme from last entry - the joys of living out of home - I would like to recount the saga of the mouse.

When I moved in to Maison d'Erskineville, the guy whose room I was moving in to while he jetted around the world for six months hadn't quite left yet, despite the fact that he was no longer paying rent and I was living in his room. That is, his stuff was in our dining room in boxes and he was sleeping on the floor. He was having trouble with visas and stuff like that so we were cutting him a lot of slack, but despite all of this, it was becoming increasingly annoying having boxes of clothes, food and other things (?) in our eating space, looking ugly.

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Wallerawang: Population 2 060. Nicknamed Wang for short. It’s a small little unheard of town, unless of course you are from there or surrounding towns of Lithgow or Portland. It has a butcher, hairdresser, power station and a lovely lake called Wallace. Each house seems to own at least 2 dogs that have a good strong yap, and mobile reception is slightly tenuous. Wang also happens to be the place I reside at currently.

Go ahead, laugh. A Sydney Eastern suburbs girls transposed to this small rustic town. How funny!! Well actually……it’s great.

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Cockroaches, I can deal with. I even have moral dilemmas when I try to kill them. But fleas and bed bugs? It's a whole different kettle of Baygon.

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Housework used to be one of those items on my to do list that was expendable. If I was feeling generous, or rather guilty, I would perhaps do some washing or unpack the dishwasher. But those days are gone as housework has come to claim revenge on my independent living style. See, I have moved out of home, into the nursing quarters of Katoomba hospital.

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Making the move from school to uni is already a big step and moving house is supposed to be the most stressful thing you'll do in life, after losing a loved one and getting a divorce. So when you have to do both of these things in the space of a few weeks, it's hectic. Here's a few tips regarding the ins and outs of sharehousing.

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Sydney Uni is full of hidden treasures - just imagine my surprise, though, at discovering that St. John’s College plays host to the skull of St. Bede the Lesser (which, of course, led me to ponder: was there a St. Bede the Greater? And why was he so great?) Apparently, Reverend Roger Vaughan received the skull as a gift (ok, so it wouldn’t be on my registry, but who am I to judge a man born in an iPod-less age?) and when he became rector at St. John’s, he presented the relic to the College. Over a century later, it remains there.

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365 days

15 Nov

I can’t believe it’s all nearly over. I don’t want to pack my things and leave. I hadn’t realised before now, how much I love it here.

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Since it's that time of year when people start planning where they're going to live when they come to uni next year, I thought a few blogs on accommodation options on campus would be timely. First up, we have St Andrew's College. St. Andrew’s, or Drew’s, as it’s known to residents, is located just inside the University gates. Once you enter the gates to Drew’s, you continue along an open path, beside a football oval. If it’s a weekday afternoon, you’re likely to see students enjoying a game of footy, soccer, or cricket. They might be training for the Rawson or Rosebowl Cups; but most probably, they’re just letting off steam after a tough day of classes.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere springs a castle-like building. How long have you been walking? You scratch your head and furrow your brow. Are you in Scotland?

Nope - it’s just St. Andrew’s College, Sydney University’s most beautiful residential college.

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After I finished my thesis, I had the thought that I didn’t have to read any academic materials until next March! How’s that for a holiday?!

Now with semester over and thesis handed in I can enjoy living the student life! And I started by going to the Newtown Festival…

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My parents decided to take a trip down to Melbourne and Tasmania for a few weeks. This has never happened. I was never the kid whose parents just “went away for a while” and left them at home. Alone.

“Partyyyyyy!!!!!!!” was my initial reaction

“Bugger.... exams.....” was my subsequent reaction when I noticed the dates they would be away.

I know a lot of people are trying to decide whether to move out of home when they start uni. If you live in Sydney and are able to commute, I strongly recommend you stay put for at least the first year while you settle in. Figure out how much study your degree entails, how long you can afford to work a week, hunt for a stable job to fit this, and save up some money. If you’re still not convinced, read on for more reasons...

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I signed my first contract this week: I put my name on a lease. You’d think as a law student, I would actually be able to read and understand a contract. Haha, don’t be silly! Thankfully, the SRC was there to help…

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So, I discovered 2 things tonight: 1) how to upload images onto this (I'm so down with technology); and 2) my latent love (and obvious skill) for drawing........

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I spent tonight packing up all my bits and pieces, ready for my moving out on Saturday. It's amazing how many little things you collect over the years and I got a bit emotional tonight as I sifted through 21 years worth of memories...

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If you read Cath’s terrible experiences with “Evil George The Real Estate Agent”, it’s easy to be perturbed by the thought of looking for a place to move out to. Whilst the Evil Georges of the world may scare you into staying put at home, I think the obvious solution is avoid agents all together! Which is what I did!

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It is my sad duty to inform the greater society that at 11:10pm EST a form of chemical warfare took place in downtown Annandale. The number of casualties was devestating. It is times like these that we must have a sense of history and remind ourselves what it means to be human. It is this innate humanity that gives us our rights and freedom of action. The oppression my housemates and I have suffered these past few months ended last night in a mushroom cloud of mortein. From the ashes of this conflict has emerged the spectre of freedom, justice and the ability to walk barefoot in my kitchen.


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Remember Real Estate George? Well, he’s back …

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Today's "Sam and the City" column in the Sydney Morning Herald talks about a new trend for young, single people in the city to live together in "urban tribes" well into their thirties. According to the brain-child of the term, Ethan Watters, we're not 'settling down' as much anymore but deciding to live with friends who are becoming our new family.

Source: http://blogs.smh.com.au/samandthecity/archives/2006/03/are_friends_the.html.

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Early February - Cath and friends go to find a house to live in. They find a fine new home which has almost been completely built. Come and see what adventures happen next!

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