How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Bonnie is a fitness blogger and final year student at the University of Glasgow. She runs an Instagram account where she posts daily about everything from how to get fit and healthy, to giving tips on how to balance student life with social events. Bonnie has just come back from Mallorca where she spent a semester abroad. Moreover, she had previously spent a year in Berlin as part of her degree. We managed to catch up with her between classes to chat about all things health, fitness, and university. So here are some Bonnie’s tips on how students can stay fit and healthy at the university .



How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

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So, Bonnie, do you have any tips for our readers who want to study abroad and keep healthy?

Doing study abroad can be a scary time because everything around you is foreign and new. One of the first things I did when I moved to both Mallorca and Berlin was to join a gym. This allowed me to get into a routine and made me feel more at home. It is because even though everything else around me had changed, I still knew how to use the gym equipment. It also helped me get involved with a group of like-minded people, now friends, and integrate myself into a new culture.


What is your daily routine like?

I like to start my day with a cup of coffee or green tea and take 20 to 30 minutes in the morning just to be quiet before starting the day. I use this time to read, do some yoga, or post on Instagram. After breakfast, I go to university where I spend all day either in class or in the library on campus. I treat university like a full-time job so I try to get all my work done before going home. By leaving my evenings free for going to the gym and social activities with friends, my day has a clear divide between work and play which I think is essential.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

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What if I can’t afford to go to the gym? Or if I don’t like the gym?

It’s is a very common but false assumption that you need to go to the gym, or love going to the gym in order to be fit and healthy.  It’s really not the case at all. It all depends on what your goal is. If your goal is to build muscle, then you probably will need to join a gym to access the equipment, but if you just want to get healthy then there are so many other ways to do this. You could try swimming, running, going to fitness classes or yoga. When I started out getting fit, I didn’t go to a gym but instead exercised in my room at home. I watched Youtube videos on my laptop and used my language dictionaries as weights. You can 100% find something that you enjoy doing and is budget-friendly.


“I don’t have time to be healthy.” What would be your response to this?

The honest answer? You have time for whatever you see as a priority, so if you find that you don’t have time to be healthy: you need to sit down and be honest with yourself about whether you are actually making your health a priority.

I guarantee that you will be able to find 45 minutes to 1 hour a day to devote to your health. Think about why you don’t have time. Are you spending your evenings binge-watching TV shows or going out drinking 5 nights a week?

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

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A lot of students can fall into the trap of partying too much. How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and play?

It all comes down to time management and moderation. I like to sit down on a Sunday evening and plan my week. I think the best approach is to organise your schedule around the fun activities you want to do. Plan your study around going out with friends on Friday night, or schedule in a mid-week cinema trip.  Going out partying and staying up late 5 nights a week isn’t going to be good for your productivity or your health goals. However, going out once a week isn’t really going to set you back much.

What is your diet like as a student on a budget?

If a student is on a student budget it doesn’t meant that he/she has to eat unhealthy foods. Taking the time to find cheaper supermarkets to get nutritious ingredients is a great way to start. I also like to prepare my food so that I always have something to hand. This means that I know what I am eating and helps me stay on budget. It is because I am not buying expensive snacks or meals while I’m out at uni.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?


Do you have a go-to healthy meal?

I don’t really have a go-to healthy meal, so to say. Most of my meals are quite creative. However, I try to stick to the principles of balanced and nutritious meals. Food is like fuel, so whatever you put into your body is what you are going to get out. By feeding your body with the right nutrients, your study performance as well as your fitness performance will improve.

A balanced meal has carbs, protein and fat.

When preparing a meal, I think about three questions:

What are my carb choices: e.g. pasta, rice or potatoes.

What protein will I choose: e.g. meat, fish, beans.

Which healthy fats can I eat: e.g. avocado, olive oil or nuts.

The options are limitless!

The bulk of my meals is always vegetables, whether roasted, steamed or fried.  I make sure to always have leafy greens like spinach and kale. I then choose any one of these combinations, depending on what I feel like eating. To get a better idea of the sort of combinations I make and the sort of food I eat, check out on my blog or on my Instagram.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?


What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get healthy?

I actually wrote a blog article about this not too long ago.  There is a very fine line between being dedicated to your health and fitness goals and being obsessed by them. Sometimes you have to take a step back and think about it.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?


Read the Bonnie’s article here. 

If you could give only one piece of advice to students who want to start their journey on a healthy lifestyle, what would it be?

Just do it.  You will never have as much time as you do at university.  Use this time to learn how to look after yourself and make your healthy lifestyle a habit. You’ll thank yourself later in life.



HELLOUNI PODCAST: Should you study abroad?

HELLOUNI PODCAST: Should you study abroad?

We have a brand new podcast series! In the very first episode, Rebeka and Mary talk about the pros and cons of applying and studying abroad and what are the main reasons many students choose to go and just as many students choose to stay. So, let’s answer the question: Should you study abroad?

Studying abroad can be scary and expensive, but it can also increase your chances of getting a job. 

HELLOUNI PODCAST: Should you study abroad?


Have a listen below

Let us know in the comments, on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook what you thought and if you have any future episode ideas you’d want to see covered!



Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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Student life in the UK: useful tips and tricks

Student life in the UK: useful tips and tricks

Every country has its own unique culture.  For instance, the British way of life may be very different to your own. Therefore, it can take a little time to become accustomed to your new university. That is why Hellouni provides information about student life in the UK.


What is British culture like?

Manners are very important in Britain. Children are learning from a very early age to say ‘please,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ when appropriate.

British people consider their ‘personal space bubble’ to be very important to them. Thus, it can make them feel uncomfortable when someone ‘invades their space’ by standing too close. Therefore, when talking to someone, standing next to them in a queue, or in public transport it is important to maintain a reasonable distance.

Being on time is essential. You should try to make sure you are not late for lectures, interviews or when meeting people.

Sport is a huge part of life in the UK. The best way for a student to get to know British culture and make friends is to join a team at your university or in your local town. Football (soccer) is by far the most popular sport.


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This website is designed for international students and has an online guide to British culture that you may find useful if you want to read more.


Most UK students stay either at home or in Halls of residence in their first year. Halls are a great way to meet people and may be a good idea if this is your first time living in the UK.

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Most Halls of Residence have an onsite Student support team who are there to answer any questions or fix any problems you may have. Therefore, check out your university’s website for details on any student accommodation.

In addition, students normally begin looking for a private rental flat for the second year of university. Websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, and Gumtree are popular places to find private accommodation for students.




What will my academic life be like?

Your timetable, examination schedule and amount of classes will vary and will depend on the course you are taking.

Universities in the UK tend to take a more independent study approach to learning. Lectures and tutorials will provide you with basic knowledge but most subjects require you to do a lot of independent study and research in your free time.

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What is the social life like?

Social life at university in the UK centers around the British drinking culture. Nevertheless, alcohol consumption is still a big part of university life.


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However, sports teams and volunteer groups on campus are a great way to get involved and make friends outside of the pub! Activities organized could include playing against other teams, quiz nights or even weekend trips away. Therefore, make sure to check out the Freshers’ fair during the first week of term to find out what is on at your university.



Culture shock

Please remember that the process of adapting to a new culture can be a difficult one and it is normal to feel lost at times.  Especially when you first arrive.

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Where can I go for help?

Most universities also offer an international student support service who can advise on a range of issues commonly faced by international students. In addition, they are also able to assist you with financial issues, Visa advice as well as information about UK culture. Moreover, your academic adviser can also point you in the right direction about where to seek help.

Nevertheless, your university may have other services such as Nightline. This is a free, anonymous, non-judgemental telephone, email, and text support service run by students for students. Find out more information here.

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If you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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How to apply online for a UK student visa

How to apply online for a UK student visa

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from international students at HelloUni is about how to apply online for a UK student visa. We understand that the visa application process can be scary and seem like a massive task, but it doesn’t have to be!


We’ve tried to answer some of the most common questions to talk you through whether you can apply for a visa, what documents you need and how to apply online.  Don’t forget to download our free app to browse scholarships and UK university courses.

How to apply online for a UK student visa




You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

  • are from a country that is outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Check here to see if you need a visa for the UK.
  • have been offered an unconditional offer of a place on a full-time course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. Here is a list of registered UK institutions who are sponsors.
  • Can prove that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
  • You can speak, read, write and understand English




Where you’re studying What you’re studying Knowledge of English needed Level
Higher education institution (HEI) Degree level or above Reading, writing, listening and speaking Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2
The institution that’s not HEI Degree level or above SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B2
Any institution Below degree SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B1

On this website, you can find a PDF with a list of approved centers for English language tests.  Check in your own country to see if there are any centers near you.





How to apply online for a UK student visa

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The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.

Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your visa application You must no more than 6 months after you receive the CAS.

You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Processing times for a visa can vary depending on which country you are from. Check how long it takes here..





It costs £335 to apply for this visa if you are applying from outside the UK. It costs an extra £335 per person for any dependants who come with you (e.g. family, children.)

You may also have to pay a healthcare cost as part of your application. Have a look at this website for guidance on how to pay and if you need to.




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How to apply online for a UK student visa


You can come to the UK before your course starts:

  • up to 1 week before, if your course is for 6 months or less
  • up to 1 month before, if your course is for more than 6 months


How long you can stay in the UK depends on the type of the course you are studying.




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apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.


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You will then be re-directed to this page. Afterward, everyone has to fill in personal information, agree to the terms and conditions and then submit your application. You will then receive an email to confirm that your application has been received. The email will also give you instructions on what to do next.




Unfortunately, there are criminals around the world who try to steal money from people by carrying out what’s known as scams.’ We’d hate for you to be the victim of anything like this, so our advice would be to protect yourself as much as possible and only get your information from trusted sources. For this article, we have collected all of our information from the webpage for Immigration and Visas.

The website has a special page with more information about these types of scams. If you are already in the UK and think you may have been a victim of a scam or fraud, contact ActionFraud

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How Studying Abroad Makes You More Employable

How Studying Abroad Makes You More Employable

Studying abroad has many obvious benefits. You get to travel, explore a new culture, and immerse yourself in a different environment.  However, did you know it can also make your CV stand out to employers? Therefore, Hellouni presents five ways how studying abroad makes you more employable.


It proves to employers that you are able and willing to step out of your comfort zone

Settling in a new country and adjusting to a different teaching system is a unique experience. Yes, it may seem challenging at first, but that is a good thing. Moreover, as time passes you will build up your confidence and self-awareness. Nevertheless, you will learn how to think on your feet and deal with unfamiliar situations. Thus, these are all essential transferable skills that will benefit not only your career but your future as well.


How Studying Abroad Makes You More Employable



It advances your cross-cultural awareness

Globalisation has long since made companies international and workplaces diverse. Therefore, having a sound cultural understanding and international experience behind your back shows employers that you can work effectively with people from different backgrounds. Moreover, the knowledge you will have of different cultures makes you a more interesting person and gives you something to talk about at interviews. Therefore, make sure you mention it when you are asked to give an example of a time when you have successfully worked in a team or solved a problem.


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It makes you more adaptable

Moving away from home is a big step. Thus, moving to a different country is an even bigger one. However, it certainly makes you more adaptable. In addition, being adaptable is a transferable quality that you could apply to any job or workplace. Therefore, employers are always on the lookout for people who are flexible and capable to think independently. Furthermore, you will perfect your organizational skills. Even the odd sightseeing trip requires project management skills such as planning your time and budget.

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It allows you to master a foreign language

Remember what we said about globalization earlier? Fluency in a foreign language can significantly boost your employability. Moreover, a degree studied abroad is much more valuable than any language certificate you could get. Nevertheless, speaking a foreign language also means that you are most likely aware of the cultural norms and codes of behavior which you could easily apply to a business environment. Add to this the communication skills you develop while reading, writing and speaking in that language and you immediately become a more desirable hire.



It opens more doors

By immersing yourself in a new environment you will get to meet people you wouldn’t have met otherwise. In addition,  by making new friends, you will grow your professional network. Regardless of whether you plan on returning home or living abroad after graduation, knowing that you have a diverse network of contacts you can rely on is priceless. Thus, keeping in touch with people from all over the world means that wherever your career takes you, there will already be someone there who can give you a hand.

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Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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