Top Tips for Getting Organised at University


There’s so much going on at university that it’s easy to get carried away and forget about your studies, or your general wellbeing. Read through our key advice below to make sure you’re on the right track!

Clear Your Room, Clear Your Mind!

It might sound silly, but keeping your room clean and tidy will make you feel more organised. By clearing your floor of any clutter, throwing out anything you don’t use, and having a general spring clean every couple of weeks, you will become more driven. It will help you to get into a steady routine, too. Once your room is looking trim, you will be ready to study.

It’s also worth creating two distinct areas if you can: one where you study, and one where you can just chill out. Even if your room is small, try to keep all of your books and notes on your desk or tucked away in your cupboards – this way they won’t take over your room. Even during exam time, your bedroom is meant to be your sanctuary, so don’t overload it with scary revision notes.

Lists, Lists, Lists

Making plenty of lists at uni is the best way to keep on top of everything. By noting down the preparation you need to do before a lecture, making a note of the shopping you need to pick up, and writing down anything else you need to remember, you’ll introduce structure into your day. Once you’ve got this structure in place, you’ll be able to set aside time for study and for unwinding with your friends.

Keeping a diary is another sensible form of list-making. If you get one that’s small enough to fit into your bag but big enough to make notes in, you’ll get organised in no time. You can add all of your coursework deadlines, the nights out you’ll be going on, and anything else that you need to sort out.

Get into a Routine

Getting into a routine will also help you manage everything. By going on just a couple of regular nights out per week, you will know when you can study and when you’ll probably be too hungover to revise! You’ll also be able to look forward to your nights off from uni work.

It sounds simple, but eating a filling breakfast will also get you into the swing of a routine. If you plan out high-energy breakfasts, buy your ingredients, and eat this nutritious food every morning, you will feel determined and positive at the start of every day.

If you take on a part-time job, make sure your employer gives you regular hours that don’t clash with your lectures. Your studies are far more important than any casual work you do, so remember to put your university routine first, rather than your employer’s.

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Top Cities in Germany for Students

Germany is a country that has it all: from beer and sausage to an undisputed respect for David Hasselhoff – is there a better place to be a student? With almost 400 universities, Germany has something for everyone, with each city offering something different for its diverse student population. So, don your lederhosen, fill a stein and get ready, because we’ve put together a list of the best cities for students in Germany.



If you have an appreciation for the picturesque, then Dresden is the place for you. There’s a good reason this city is referred the ‘Jewel Box of Germany’: with stunning architecture and well-maintained open spaces there’s plenty to inspire you while you study – 40,000 students can’t be wrong.

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Dresden is split down the middle with its two areas bringinging a mix of history and modernity. Altstadt is a beautiful area, where you can find museums, libraries and other unique study spaces. Neustadt is where the majority of the student population can be found. It’s home to numerous bars and clubs, where you’ll probably find your fellow students socialising over a stein or two – with the average local beer costing just €0.58 per half-litre, it’s perfect for the student budget.


When it comes to food, Dresden has something for everyone. Spread across its two areas, the city’s dining options are endless, with a mix of local and international cuisine to suit every budget. You can choose to dine in the student-budget-friendly cafes in Neustadt or in the upmarket eateries that reside amongst the city’s Saxony heritage – we recommend the Fettboy veggie burger, with prices starting at €4.30.



Where better to study than in the city that’s said to have the world’s seventh-best quality of life? Frankfurt is incredibly well connected with the rest of Germany, which means you’ve got plenty of opportunities to explore other German cities from this travel hub. Although it’s not the cheapest place to live in Germany, it makes up for it with a rich cultural heritage and world-class educational institutions – making Frankfurt a contender for one of the country’s top student cities.

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Central Frankfurt is a key location for businesses, making it Germany’s answer to Singapore or Tokyo – a bustling hub of commerce which is perfect for professionals. That being said, there’s a prominent student community and the outer edges of the city cater for this.

The area of Bockenheim is the former location of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, and remains a key location for the city’s students. Here you’ll find plenty of affordable bars where you and your fellow friends can socialise – for affordable beer and a sense of neighbourhood familiarity, we suggest that you head to Zum Tannenbaum, located just a three-minute walk from our Bockenheim accommodation.


When you think of German sausage you probably think of the nation’s all-time favourite – the frankfurter. People flock from far and wide just to try an authentic version of this tasty snack; made from both beef and pork. They can be picked up virtually anywhere in the city for a couple of euros, but we recommend Ebbelwoi Unser for their great atmosphere and consistently high standard of food.



Hamburg is the German city for shopping, entertainment and relaxation. It’s the country’s northern hub for culture, making it the ideal place for students to live. Don’t be fooled by the numerous concert halls, art galleries, theatres, clubs and bars – you’ve still got to study, and there are few places that are better equipped to further your education than this major European science and education centre.

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With over 100 music clubs, 60 museums and 30 cinemas, it’s no surprise that Hamburg is a student haven. You’ll never be late for a concert (or a lecture) with the city’s impressively punctual public transport system. The end of September brings one of Europe’s largest festivals – Reeperbahn –  giving you the perfect opportunity to bond with your fellow students over music, art and film.


Where better to try a hamburger than the place that give them their name? In Hamburg, there are plenty of places to eat, no matter what your budget and appetite – from your average burger to fine dining, there will be something for you. For a combination of European and local dishes we suggest Frau Moller: just a 10-minute drive from our Wandsbek accommodation; this restaurant offers a homely feel at a reasonable price and will be sure to leave you feeling satisfied.



For those of you who prefer a more sedate location: Münster offers the quietness of a smaller town but the nightlife of a larger city, meaning you’re in the right place to both study and have a good time. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Germany it’s a great place to take your studies outdoors – spend the day by the Aasee reservoir and you’ll be sure to get through your work in this serene location.

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You’ll benefit from visiting one of the many museums or galleries that Münster has to offer. Take in the city’s rich culture, or enjoy a boat ride on the Aasee. There’s plenty of drinking options both day and night; relax in a beer garden or spend the evening in a cocktail bar – Pension Schmidtt is a popular choice for students, hosting student-friendly events in a cosy, 70’s-style setting.


Experience a range of cuisines with prices to suit the student budget: you’ll be able to try everything from local sausages to vietnamese spring rolls without spending too much. They city has a reputation as a place that welcomes outsiders, and the local delicacies prove that Münster breaks the mould from typical German cuisine – for this reason the pumpernickel is a must-try. We recommend dining in the student-oriented Cavete; just a 10-minute drive from our accommodation where you can try some local vegetarian dishes at a reasonable price.



Expect to become an honorary citizen of Darmstadt, as the locals (who like to refer to themselves as “Heiners”) are known for their welcoming demeanour. You’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with the city’s many green spaces, museums, libraries and other useful study spots.

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You may think that such a small city doesn’t have much to offer a student in the pursuit of nightlife, but one of the benefits of the city’s size is that you can really experience the diverse entertainment options and work out what suits you. You’re likely to bump into people that you know and have some great opportunities to make new friends. The nightlife ranges from Irish bars to pubs and even a club or two – in fact Darmstadt is a known for kickstarting the careers of some of the world’s most prominent techno DJs. Keep an eye out for the two festivals hosted in the city every year – Heinerfest and Schloßgrabenfest – both of which are hotly anticipated events that draw in big crowds.


Darmstadt has something for everyone, from burgers to vegetarian dishes to traditional German cuisine (straight from the Hessen state). We recommend Habibi vegetarian restaurant, just an eight-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) from our accommodation – here you’ll be able to find generous portions at a reasonable price.



Berlin is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with 12 districts forming an incredible, multicultural environment. If you live here, you won’t be short on things to do, as there’s plenty of history, culture and counterculture in which you can immerse yourself throughout your studies.


Being a larger city, Berlin has an incredibly diverse nightlife, with an array of bars and clubs that cater to everyone’s tastes. If you’re looking for a cheap drink we recommend Helmut Kohl – a trendy bar featuring an upmarket wooden decor that’s known for its cheap whiskey sours.

The jewel in the crown of Berlin nightlife is its club scene, with venues like Berghain being known for featuring world-famous techno music, and hosting prominent DJs throughout their careers. These places are known for staying open late, so if you like the idea of partying until 8am, Berlin is the place for you.


Berlin’s food choices mirror its clubbing options in the sense that there is something for everyone. Here you’ll find any cuisine you like, and there will more than likely be somewhere that sells it at your budget. Some of the most cost-effective (and tastiest) food to hit Berlin has come from its recent street food resurgence, where street vendors sell mouth-watering snacks that wouldn’t look out of place in a restaurant.

We recommend the cheeseburger from Bunsmobile which you can find at Bite Club. This event can be found every fortnight at a riverside spot in Kreuzberg and features a range of different vendors. Make sure to get down there early because it’s likely to get busy.

Experiencing Germany Through Uninest

Germany is a country with much to offer in terms of education and entertainment making it an ideal country for students. Finding the perfect balance is important to the student experience – we know that you want to have a good time while you learn and there’s no better way to do that than to immerse yourself in the culture of a new city.

Uninest accommodation gives you everything that you need to make the most of Germany while you study – from central locations to excellent study spaces.

Want to learn more about Germany’s best student cities? Our local guides are full of food, drink, nightlife and culture recommendations. Choose a city and browse our favourite hotspots in each city.

Staying Focused When You’re Studying

Tips for Staying Focused When You’re Studying

You sit down to study and then, before you know it, it’s 2am and you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos – sound familiar? Every student knows that staying focused can be a difficult task, often leading to hours spent at your desk and feeling like you haven’t got much to show for it.

There’s no quick fix to avoiding procrastination and remaining concentrated, but there are changes you can make to improve your focus and get your studying done more quickly as a result.

Eliminate Distractions

You need the right environment to properly focus – ever noticed how you’re far more productive working in the library than you are when studying at home? That’s because in the library you’re not around the same distractions that you would be in the comfort of your own room. From rogue housemates to electronic devices, there are plenty of things that can interrupt your study session.

Start by recognising the worst offenders when it comes to distractions, then work on eliminating these one at a time. If you’re guilty of checking your phone every five minutes (especially when it’s on silent) then turn it off until you’re finished, and consider studying away from home – somewhere that you know you won’t be disturbed.

Make a Study Playlist

Walk into any study space at university and you’ll notice that most of the people there are wearing headphones. Research has shown that listening to classical music can help improve attention and memory whilst learning, leading to the Mozart effect – a short-term improvement in performing certain mental tasks. If Mozart isn’t your first choice of study music, then any classical music works well for concentration because there aren’t any lyrics to distract you.

The likes of Spotify are full of study playlists and classical music, making it easy for you to experiment with different ones until you find what works for you. However, if you’re finding it difficult to focus with any music on, try listening to ambient sound instead – it will still block out any outside distractions without distracting you in the process.

Lock Your Browser

Apps like StayFocused and ColdTurkey allow you to block certain websites – like social media – so that you can still access the resources you need without being able to access the sites that will distract you. If you can’t face going cold turkey completely, you can start by setting a limit on how much time you spend on social media, or any other site that would normally distract you from studying.

Create a To-Do List

Sometimes when you sit to do some work, you can be overwhelmed by how much you have to do. After all, revision is an ongoing task and there are always deadlines to meet. A to-do list can help you prioritise tasks and keep track of anything that still needs completing.

It’s easy to worry about incomplete tasks, but by using a list, you can stop focusing on how much you have to do and instead concentrate on actually doing it.

Reward Yourself

Often, you’ll start losing focus when you’ve been studying for too long or have no incentive to finish a certain assignment. To avoid this, break your workload down into set tasks and assign yourself a reward for completing each one. This way, when your attention starts drifting, you can use the reward as an incentive to finish your work rather than leaving it for another day.

Don’t Multitask

Instead of trying to do everything at once, focus on doing one thing well at a time. Multitasking pulls your focus in different directions and, in the end, none of the tasks will get your full attention. According to a 2009 study by Stanford University, students who identified themselves as media multitaskers performed poorly on tests analysing attention span, memory capacity, and ability to switch from one task to the next.

To combat the urge to multitask, consider making your study sessions task-based – with the aim of each one being to complete a specific task – rather than a long session where you aim to complete everything on your to-do list.

Follow the 5-More Rule

When you notice that you’re losing concentration, it’s easy to become frustrated and want to give up altogether – but try this technique before calling it quits on your revision or assignment.

When you start getting bored or losing focus, tell yourself that you’ll study for five more minutes and then you’ll take a break; when the time is up, aim for five more minutes, and so on. Staying focused for five minutes sounds a lot more achievable than convincing yourself to stay focused until you’re finished with all of your work.

It can be hard to focus on studying when you have other things on your mind. Whether it’s coping with homesickness or tips on getting organised at university, our blog is full of resources to help you make the most of your time as a student.

Cooking on a Budget: Tips for Students

Student life has plenty of benefits, but one of the downsides is having to live on a budget – which is why people are quick to assume that student food lacks nutrients and comes out of a packet. But it is possible to live on a budget and still enjoy home-cooked meals. With some savvy shopping and planning, you can avoid the stereotypical student diet, without breaking the bank.

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Top 5 Weekend Trips for Students in Germany

All work and no play can make your university experience extremely dull… Yes, even in Germany!

For many international students here in Germany, studying abroad is the perfect chance to travel and explore this diverse and exciting country. So listen up if you are hoping to see more of Germany without compromising on your education; we’ve scoured the map and pinpointed five towns and cities that you need to visit while you’re here… Road trip, anyone?

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Student Health Guide: Staying Well in Winter

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German winters are notoriously cold, with temperatures often dropping below zero and snowfall almost guaranteed. Some of you might think that this calls for a celebration, as heavy snow is a great excuse to get comfortable, put a film on and avoid studying at all costs. But as you may already know – Germany stops for nothing. Expect to find your university open for business and transport running like normal, and get ready to leave the warmth of your accommodation through those cold winter months.

Winter brings shorter days and colder nights, making it more likely that those seasonal ailments will catch up with you – so we’ve put together a guide to make sure that you know how to stay well this winter:

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Top Tips for Getting Organised at University

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There’s so much going on at university that it’s easy to get carried away and forget about your studies, or your general wellbeing. Read through our key advice below to make sure you’re on the right track!

Clear Your Room, Clear Your Mind!

It might sound silly, but keeping your room clean and tidy will make you feel more organised. By clearing your floor of any clutter, throwing out anything you don’t use, and having a general spring clean every couple of weeks, you will become more driven. It will help you to get into a steady routine, too. Once your room is looking trim, you will be ready to study. Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad

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Living in a foreign country is completely different to a holiday. Instead of visiting the city, you’ll get to actually experience your place of study in the long term. You’ll pick up local knowledge like where to go to people-watch, what tourist traps you should avoid, and how to haggle to get the best deals.

… But Is Studying Abroad Right for You?

Before you go and start flipping through the prospectuses, ask yourself “Why do I want to study abroad?” Is it to learn a foreign language? Is it to network with like-minded people? Or is it to learn from the best in your industry? Continue Reading

Germany’s Best Christmas Markets


If you’re a ‘Christmas person’, you’ll know how the festive season can add a little extra magic to your day-to-day life. Yes, it’s cold and you may have umpteen presents to buy with very little money to spend, but finances aside, it’s the actually the little things that make Christmas special.

Like clasping your hands around a hot drink at a Christmas market, for example. Picture the scene. You’re with friends or family at one of Germany’s best markets. There’s an atmosphere in the air and a spring in your step. It’s deadly cold, but that’s okay – you have your nice hot drink to keep you warm.

So, as the holiday season inches ever closer, you can put your workload on the backburner and spend some quality time with those around you. That’s exactly what the Christmas period is for. Continue Reading


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Are you new to Frankfurt and looking for the hidden foodie gems? Don’t worry about your student budget, because here’s our (not so) secret delicious eateries to enjoy in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt has the reputation of being an expensive city, but this doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to the best food in town. You may find yourself googling “cheap places to eat in Frankfurt”, to be answered with an everlasting list of places to visit offering sushi, pizza, burgers, schnitzel…all in one. Continue Reading