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Student Services January 14 Day Countdown

Things to do in isolation

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Day 3: Learning to live away from home

Today we will give you some suggestions on how to cope with day to day things, like washing, shopping, cooking and sharing your living space with people you don't know.

For some of you this might be the first time you have had to do these things on your own! It's not always easy being away from home and possibly also living in a different country but there is lots of support to help you do this.

LIVE Smart

Living away from home

If you are living away from home for the first time LIVE Smart has a whole section on how to cope.

In Scotland we would say you will be 'learning to fend for yourself'.

laundry basket of clothes with washing liquid bottle

There's information on how to deal with living with others, learning to eat well and cook for yourself, tips for cleaning and setting up a cleaning rota and how to do your laundry at university and much more.

There's also lots of good advice in 16 apps for people who live in a shared house.

Living with housemates

Living with housemates the best thing ever...or a big challenge?

You can make friends for life but you also need to learn how to compromise, accept others for who they are and understand that not everyone may have the same priorities as you! Unlike the student in the picture you will have to stick to the guidelines for keeping everyone safe while you are isolating, but hopefully this won't be for much longer.

Read the Government Guidance on what you should do in isolation. Remember this will be subject to change. 

5 ways to survive living with housemates

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Ordering your shopping online

Shopping Online

You can register with an online grocery delivery service to have groceries delivered to your flat while you are self-isolating. Make sure to note that you are self-isolating when you order. This will make sure that delivery is contact free.
• Minimum spend £40
• Accepts Visa MC, American Express
• Minimum spend £40. Orders under £40 are given a £3 surcharge.
• UK credit and debit cards only.
• Minimum spend £35
• UK credit and debit cards only.
• Minimum spend £40
• Accepts Visa MC, American Express


You may wish to consider arranging an online bank account in advance if need be, arrange a supermarket account now and book a delivery appointment for after your arrival (supermarket delivery services can sometimes be in high demand and have a 2 week waiting list).

Self-Isolating comes with practical challenges, but it is vital for the safety of our community that we all do our best to stick to the guidance, and limit the number of times we come into contact with others.

Local Supermarket tour


Once you are out of any quarantine period, you will have more freedom to go out shopping - remember you must wear a face covering in every shop in Scotland. 

Food shopping in a new country can be really exciting, though sometime also a bit daunting.There are several good supermarkets within walking distance of the city campus, including a huge Tesco and a Lidl.  When you are out of isolation take a tour around the local supermarkets and find your favourite!

Booking will be open nearer the tour date

Watch the Supermarket tour and find out about other Welcome events. 

Student in supermarket

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Have you cooked for yourself before? 

While we all enjoy a take-away they are expensive and not always the healthiest of meals! However, cooking can also be dangerous! Watch famous Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay as he shows you how to master 5 basic cooking skills while still keeping all your fingers intact!  He looks at cooking rice, chopping an onion, sharpening a knife, deboning a fish and cooking pasta. 

(Duration 07:33)

Have a look at Easy student recipes for great simple recipes - and get cooking for yourself and your flatmates!

You'll find lots more tips and recipes on LIVE Smart: Cooking for yourself and eating well 

Top cooking tip/favourite dish

Fowl or fish?

Do you know what this is in the picture? 

It's haggis and contrary to rumours you might have heard, it's not a one legged bird that roams the hills and glens of Scotland! 

To learn more about this traditional Scottish dish and see what it looks like when it's cooked see the BBC Good Food Guide

Food and drink quiz

How much do you know about food and drink? 

Can you complete this sentence by adding the correct adjective?

___ Yogurt (strained to remove its whey, results in a thicker consistency, while preserving its distinctive, sour taste)

French Greek Haitian Lebanese

Go back to the Mystery box on Day 1 for the answer!

Here's a quiz if you want to try more like this and also test your knowledge against virtual opponents.

Start quiz 1

Here's one if you just want to test yourself.

Start quiz 2

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More advice on living away from home

Living away from home

You will find lots more good advice on Living Away from Home in LIVE Smart


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This guide was created by the Academic Skills Centre, a part of Student Services. You can contact us at