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7 best bank accounts for uni students for 2020/21

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New university terms are starting again soon, although many normal student experiences could be different this year because of Covid-19 guidelines.

For many, attending university not only means further education, it also involves negotiating various elements of adult life – perhaps for the first time.

One of these areas is financial independence and taking on the responsibility of managing your own money.

Here we look at the best bank accounts for students and offer tips on what to look out for when managing personal finances.

It's important for students to pick the right bank account (PA)
It’s important for students to pick the right bank account (PA)

What is a student bank account?

A student bank account is just like a normal bank account, but adapted in certain ways – for example, many offer an interest-free overdraft.

You have to prove you’re a student to get hold of one, usually with an offer letter from your university or UCAS –

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3 real-world skills students will take away from online schooling

Fall semester, winter break, spring semester, summer break – repeat.

It’s a comforting and predictable pattern that takes most of us through our formative years. There’s an 8:00 a.m. bell, class, lunch, some more class, and then we are dismissed for the day.

At the time, I felt a bit trapped by the daily and seasonal cadence of school. I couldn’t wait to get into the work world where I would finally have at least some choice about when I would work hard and when I would take a break. 

Then, after a year out of school, I realized I was struggling with time management. With no one telling me when to take a break, I would overwork on weekends and be tired during the week. In my eagerness to prove myself, I would take on too many assignments and struggle to meet deadlines. I had to admit it: Those

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School Districts Are Facing Chromebook Shortages as Students Shift to Online Learning

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School districts are facing difficulty securing Chromebooks for students this year due to supply shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With students across the country starting the school year at home, laptops and computers have become necessities to participate in classes or do coursework. Chromebooks — which run on Google’s Chrome operating system — have been a popular choice for students thanks to their low-price range. While high-end Chromebooks can cost hundreds of dollars, the most affordable models run just under $300.

But communities have been struck with Chromebook shortages over the last few weeks, due to high, nationwide demand for the machines and a slowdown in production.

According to the Associated Press, Lenovo, HP and Dell — three companies that make their own versions of Chromebooks — have said they will be short 5 million laptop units this year. The outlet said the

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Fall semester brings no relief to struggling college towns and the businesses that rely on students

Freshman Sarah Anne Cook carries her belongings as she packs to leave campus following a cluster of COVID-19 cases at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. <p class="copyright">AP Photo/Gerry Broome</p>
Freshman Sarah Anne Cook carries her belongings as she packs to leave campus following a cluster of COVID-19 cases at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Businesses in college towns in the US are still reeling from the mass exodus of students that began in the spring and has now remained into the fall.

  • Many schools have adopted online-only approaches to learning or implemented a hybrid approach that brings only some students back to campus.

  • As their primary clientele — students, their families, and other members of university communities — diminishes, some business owners face a difficult decision: temporarily shut down again or close forever.

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For nearly a decade, Chris Carini has owned Linda’s Bar & Grill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The restaurant has been serving the college town for nearly five times as long.

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Small businesses in college towns struggle without students

pandemic sent his best customers — University of Michigan students — back home in mid-March.” data-reactid=”32″ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Perry Porikos sat in the street outside one of his five businesses, in a makeshift patio area that didn’t exist before the COVID-19 pandemic sent his best customers — University of Michigan students — back home in mid-March.

The Greek immigrant arrived here more than four decades ago as a 20-year-old soccer player for the Wolverines and part-time dishwasher at The Brown Jug Restaurant, which he now owns. He nonchalantly dropped names of sports stars like Tom Brady and Michael Phelps, two of the many former Michigan students he counts as friends, and recalled hustling enough to own more than 10 businesses at one time.

“Living the dream that people talk about, especially if you live in Europe and you come here,” Porikos said, “I am the dream.”

Lately,

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Liberty students, alumni split on Falwell’s scandalous exit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some say he has sinned but should be forgiven. Others want an investigation.

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation as president of Liberty University following revelations of a sexual relationship between his wife and a business partner of the Falwell family has stirred conflicting emotions among those with close ties to the school founded by his father. While some students, graduates and former employees were appalled by his behavior in the latest of a series of scandals, others defended him. His fiercest critics, meanwhile, called for an outside probe and a broader leadership shakeup at one of the largest Christian universities in the world.

“Any steps toward healing at Liberty must involve an unflinching investigation of the extent of the damage Falwell’s leadership has wrought and the institutional figures and forces that enabled it,” Marybeth Davis Baggett, a recently departed professor of English who taught at Liberty for

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South Korean students forced online as global virus crisis deepens

Millions of South Korean students were ordered back to online classes Tuesday and Mexico launched a nationwide televised schooling programme, highlighting the deepening crisis for children as the coronavirus pandemic drags into a ninth month.

The school closures were part of new measures in many parts of the to halt the disease that has killed more than 813,000 people and infected over 23 million, according to an AFP tally.

The latest high-profile case was sprint legend Usain Bolt, who was in quarantine Monday after undergoing a test for the virus that Jamaican media reported had come back positive.

The retired 100 and 200 metres world-record holder said on Twitter that he was “trying to be responsible” by going into isolation, but he did not confirm the result.

He is one of a growing number of sports personalities to have fallen victim as the virus touches all corners of society.

In

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Indiana College Students Plead ‘Don’t Make Us Write Obituaries’ in COVID-19 Newspaper Editorial

coronavirus seriously so that they don’t have to write obituaries for their peers, professors, and other campus employees.” data-reactid=”20″Students from three colleges and universities near South Bend, Indiana, are pleading with their campus communities to take the coronavirus seriously so that they don’t have to write obituaries for their peers, professors, and other campus employees.

an editorial published on Friday in The Observer, the student-run newspaper for the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College, students spoke out about their concerns over the virus and begged for the tri-campus community to stay vigilant in order to curb the spread.” data-reactid=”21″In an editorial published on Friday in The Observer, the student-run newspaper for the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College, students spoke out

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College students working as contact tracers try to keep pandemic in check on campuses

The coronavirus pandemic has added unexpected learning opportunities to the agendas of hundreds of college students in recent months: fast lessons in contact tracing.

That was the case for Suyash Gupta, a senior at Texas A&M University. After his summer internship was canceled because of the pandemic, he emailed a former professor, Angela Clendenin, to ask whether there were coronavirus-related projects he could help with. That led to his role as a case investigator at the new Texas A&M COVID Operations and Investigations Center, a joint initiative between the university and the Brazos County Health Department to track the local spread of the virus.

Gupta is just one of thousands of college students across the country who are certified to help with the crucial task of contact tracing. Since May, more than 4,000 U.S. college students have completed Johns Hopkins University’s online contact-tracing course, according to Coursera Inc., which works

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‘Living in my car’? Fall semester online means college students are scrambling for housing, Wi-Fi

When California State University announced May 12 its schools would be online for the fall semester, Graciela Moran thought she might end up homeless.

The San Bernardino student is immunocompromised and had been living in her dorm as a residential assistant. But with the Cal State announcement, her contract ended and her stipend was taken away. Her father, a carpet installer, had to keep working during the city’s increase in coronavirus infections, so she couldn’t move home without putting herself at risk.

“I was really thinking about living in my car,” she said. Her mind raced as she weighed finding a full-time job that would allow her to afford an apartment.

But the college stepped in. A COVID-19 relief fund from the Basic Needs Department provided the fifth-year senior, who is also the school’s student body president, with the payment she needed to stay in her dorm room. When it

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