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Practical Tips on Embracing Life In a New Country

Living in another country is an exciting prospect, but when you've been there a couple of weeks and the novelty of being somewhere new wears off, it's normal to go through a period where you might feel a little isolated and out of sorts.

This is entirely natural; you've started living in a society that is different to the one you've grown up in and some things are bound to feel strange. However, the best thing to do at this point is to take some practical steps to increase your sense of belonging, rather than remaining an outsider. Here's how to start making those connections.

Get Some Guidance

You might be feeling lonely or homesick, away from the support network of family and friends you've always had around you. Of course, you can stay in touch with them via social media and phone calls, but that isn't always enough to help you feel settled. In fact, it can sometimes make your isolation feel greater.

If you are wondering why you made the choice to study abroad and doubt your resolve to stick with the course, try having a psychic reading to allow you to consider what you're looking to achieve. Most people find it enlightening to talk to a third party such as a psychic as they can offer insights into why someone has made certain decisions in life.

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Getting Smart about Money: The Student Budget

If you are considering London as a study-abroad destination, be prepared for a high cost of living that does not stop rising. Since London's soaring prices will affect every aspect of your lifestyle, it is a good idea to plan a budget and maximize savings so you are less financially constrained and can enjoy all the fun stuff that London offers as well. Here are some tips based on my own experience:

Housing

Accommodation in student halls tends to be the cheapest option. If you are considering renting a private property, notice that the value of real estate rises as you go towards the center of London, Zone 1. As you leave the center, Zone 3 properties are significantly more affordable.

Groceries

If you do not live in a student residence hall, where you will usually have access to cheap meal services, then you will want to be selective when purchasing groceries. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda chains are cheaper than their Waitrose and Marks & Spencer counterparts. Buying online also gives you access to a wider range of products and discounts.

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What To Do in London this Weekend (15-4-11)

Every Friday we reveal all the very best things to keep you entertained this weekend . Whether you are staying in, or going out, have a shoestring budget or are feeling extravagant, there is something for everyone.

Staying In

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  • The Walking Dead: If you haven’t had a chance to watch this US zombie series yet, then now is your perfect opportunity, as Channel 5 are showing the whole first season starting tonight. A police officer wakes from a coma only to find that the world has been taken over by the walking dead. He sets out to find his family, ‘killing’ the infected left, right and centre, whilst making new friends who join him.

When? Friday 15th, 10.55pm-12.30am on Channel 5

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What To Do in London this Weekend

Every Friday we reveal all the very best things to keep you entertained this weekend . Whether you are staying in, or going out, have a shoestring budget or are feeling extravagant, there is something for everyone.

Staying In

TV

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  • Lambing Live: We’re not going to lie to you, this weekend’s TV is not looking brilliant. However, if watching sheep give birth LIVE is your kind of thing then this programme is perfect for you. It may sound like an odd idea for a tv show, but it is strangely compelling.

When? Friday 8th, 9-10pm on BBC 2

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Aircraft Carrier Put Up For Auction

For sale: aircraft carrier. 25 years old but only one previous owner. £2 million or nearest offer.

This is how a British Navy advert could read after one of their aircraft carrier ships has been put up for auction. After being decommissioned two weeks ago, the HMS Ark Royal ship has been put on the Ministry of Defence’s equivalent of eBay for interested buyers to bid on.

However, if you fancy making a cheeky bid, you must first outline your "intentions regarding the vessel". Early proposals so far have included turning it into a commercial heliport, a base for security personnel during the London Olympics, or a school and nightclub.

If you want to check it out, the aircraft carrier is listed on a website run by the Ministry of Defence’s Equipment and Support department.

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