5 Sources of Motivation for University Students

Sometimes it’s hard to sustain motivation, even under the best of circumstances, especially when your to-read list runs to four pages, your next assignment is due tomorrow, and you’re struggling to find enough hours in the day to yourself.

The good news is that motivation comes from anywhere… Yes, including your morning Insta-scroll, but only if you follow the right people and take the right advice! That’s why we’ve found the most motivational Netflix series, podcast, Instagram account, TED talk, and YouTube channel to help you get through lazy days.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This series on Netflix is a food documentary that gives you a closer look at the incredible passion that goes into people’s true callings. Jiro Ono is an 85-year-old revered chef who strives for perfection, which, in his mind, can never be achieved despite his restaurant being regarded as one of the best of its kind. If seeing the dedication and passion Jiro devotes to his craft isn’t enough to keep you motivated, the series is focused around sushi… what more could you want, eh?


Happier with Gretchen Rubin

If you haven’t read any of Gretchen Rubin’s books on the pursuit of happiness, do yourself a favour: go and read one! While you’re at it, make sure you check out Gretchen’s podcasts too, which are equally as motivating as her books – providing new perspectives on what it means to be happy using her practical advice about happiness. If that’s not enough to motivate you, Gretchen also shares adorable daily habits that you can easily implement into your daily life to help you live every day to the fullest.



BreakYoStigma is an outlet that supports and builds a community for those who are suffering from mental illness, as well as their loved ones. BreakYoStigma’s Instagram persona is all about shutting down the shameful stigma surrounding mental illness, but with a little twist of light-hearted humour. We think you should follow @breaktostigma on Instagram not only because their memes are pretty funny (they are), but you’ll also be helping them build a community of compassion for mental health!

“How to Succeed? Get More Sleep”

Your classmates probably get bragging rights for staying up till the wee hours, slaving over assignments and revisions… but in reality, you could be much more productive if you got the adequate amount of sleep. Yes, you heard that right – in this TED talk, Arianna Huffington gives some quick advice for being more successful at what you do and happier with your life through ‘resting your eyes’ a little bit longer.

Mateusz M

Mateusz M is a film producer who’s created many short motivational videos that have inspired millions of people around the world. With nearly a million subscribers, Mateusz M’s YouTube channel is one of the most motivational on the platform. If you like motivational videos, then you’re definitely going to love him and his channel.

Mateusz’s videos ignite emotions using words from inspirational figures like Steve Jobs, Will Smith, and Les Brown, as well as from famous flicks. The powerful words, synchronised with emotive visuals, will remind you that you have greatness within you and will make you realise that you have every ingredient it takes to succeed.

How Do You Stay Motivated?

Everyone has the occasional slump. It’s important that you recognise the cause of your lack of motivation but make sure you take action to quickly pick yourself back up because it will help minimise your downtime and maximise your success.

We want to know what you watch and listen to to stay motivated, so if you have a good, enjoyable source of motivation, feel free to give us a shoutout on Facebook or fire over a tweet to @comelivewithus!

Parents’ Guide: Helping Your Child Apply to Uni

We appreciate that as a parent you want the best for your child, especially when it comes to their education. For many students, university is the first proper taste of independence – and helping your child with their application is one of the last things you can do for them before they go it alone. It’s important to guide them through this process, ensuring that they make the best choices for both their education and wellbeing.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can help out with their uni application, from helping to choose their course to taking them to open days – you’ll be fully equipped to aid your child’s transition into higher education.

Choosing the Right Course

This isn’t a decision that you can make for them, in fact, you should probably take a step back when it comes to this because only your child will know the topic that they really want to study. There’s no point trying to convince them to sign up for a degree that isn’t suited to them, as this can lead to unhappiness in other areas of their life.

What you can do is help them choose the right course in their chosen area by researching what’s on offer. Remember, the aim is choosing the right path for your child to follow, so finding a course that satisfies their educational needs is the best way for you to help at this stage. Every student is different, and various courses cater for this. Some students perform better in coursework than exams, and others would benefit from a course with good industry links – it’s completely subjective, so find out what your child needs and base your research around this.

As a parent, you can offer guidance to your child if they aren’t too sure on the topic that they want to study. Taking a realistic attitude when approaching this is important; you can take a look at your child’s A-level choices and work out potential courses that are relevant to the subjects that they currently find interesting.

It is also important to assess your child’s skills. If they excel in a particular area, it may be wise for them to develop this at university level. If your child doesn’t know what they want their future career to be, think about their strengths, weaknesses and interests so that you can suggest potential career options that will suit them best, and from here you can put a plan in place to help them reach this goal.

Choosing the Right University

So you’ve found a few courses that meet your child’s educational needs, match their skills and give them some good career opportunities. The next step is finding which of these are ideal for them, and the best way to do this is by jumping in the car and going to see what it’s all about. Open days are a great way to get a feel for a city or town as well as the university and are a really important factor in deciding where your child will continue their education.

As your child is committing the next three years of their life to university (maybe more), the location of where they choose to study is ultimately their decision. As a parent, you should give them everything that they need to make that choice. Taking them to meet university tutors will help them to find out what they can expect from the course, and to see if it’s right for them. Look around the city or town, find out about the student areas, and generally soak in the atmosphere – all of this will help your child to decide if that university is right for them.

This is also a good time to take a look at accommodation options, to find out the type of housing where your child will feel most comfortable, and to explore what the city has to offer. The first year at university is often a transitionary period, and students need to have everything to hand as they are learning the ropes and finding out how to look after themselves. The best accommodation gives parents peace of mind, and it ensures you that your child is living somewhere that looks after the needs of the students.

Consider your child’s wellbeing when advising them on university choices – this is probably their first opportunity to leave home and take care of themselves, so it’s important that they can cope with university life. The ideal university is far away enough from home for your child to develop and become independent, while being close enough for you to help them if the pressures of university get too much.

The Application Process

There are a few elements that universities consider when looking at applications for their courses, but one of the most important is the personal statement. This is an opportunity for your child to really express their personality and persuade the university why they are right for that degree. UCAS recommends that there are two main areas to address: why you’re applying and what makes you suitable.

If your child’s personal statement covers these points, the next step is making sure it reads properly, as errors in spelling and grammar can be damaging to university applications. Read over their writing to make sure it flows, and ask others to take a look at it for them. After giving them feedback, your child will then be able to redraft their personal statement (UCAS recommends doing this a few times), in order to give themselves the best chance at gaining a place on that course.

It’s Ultimately Their Decision

University is the first step towards independence. It’s a time when your child will have to start making serious decisions for themselves. They have a lot to weigh up when deciding how they want to spend the next few years of their life, and as a parent your job is, of course, to give them the guidance that they need to make the choice that’s best for them.



Better Than Beans On Toast: The Essential Student Cookbook

essential cookbook

Students get a bad reputation when it comes to cooking, with the stereotypical student painted as someone who can’t boil an egg, surviving solely on pot noodles and pasta and cheese. Thankfully, this is far from the truth, and if the young bakers who have popped up on GBBO in recent years have proved anything, it’s that students have a passion for cooking.

With that in mind, we have created a cookbook full of diverse recipes that will take you from breakfast right through to dinner and dessert – we’ve even put in a few veggie/vegan options for good measure.

Given that we’re experts in student accommodation rather than cooking, we collaborated with a number of food bloggers to bring you a cookbook full of tried-and-tested dishes that will surely impress all your mates but won’t require the skill of a Michelin-starred chef.

So, if you’re in the mood for a chicken and halloumi stir-fry, or want to learn how to make vegan donuts, download our essential student cookbook and say goodbye to beans on toast.