How to compare college and university costs:

Cost vs. Quality of Higher education – part 2* Image credit and source: © Sveta Medvedeva - Shutterstock, Inc

Cost vs. Quality of Higher education – part 2* Image credit and source: © Sveta Medvedeva - Shutterstock, Inc

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The risk of investing in education, unlike when you take out a home loan to buy property, is that education is not quite as tangible. Simply put, when you graduate or qualify from university or college – the little piece of paper you receive at the ceremony does not guarantee you anything, not even a job. Even if you meet the academic, attendance and financial criteria, there is no guarantee you’ll wake up every morning, sip on a coffee before leaving for your dream 9 to 5. At least with a home loan, if you pay the bond or mortgage you end up with a roof over your head.

Understanding the quality of education: Why comparing student fees falls flat based on the quality of the education and the individual student.

Asking a college or university the questions that they should be answering – an education is an investment – the question is what is being received for that investment.

Understanding the quality of education: *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Digital Storm

Understanding the quality of education: *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Digital Storm

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Student debt, student fees, the cost of education – sorry folks these issues aren’t going away for a long time! Unless you follow the Nordic Regions and German free higher education system, students will have the financial challenges throughout their studies. However, even in the free education zones, money issues are still at large. The cost of living, transport and text books, among other things all add up.

By Alisha Gamisch
 
There seems to be an abundance of student based accommodation websites popping up all around the planet.

The Student Accommodation Website Checklist
The Student Accommodation Website Checklist
 
Some are full of useful offers and others make sure you have checked everything is legitimate before you sign anything!
 
We put together a list of useful features that are being used on student accommodation websites around the planet! All helpful, some not all used but all do add interest in determining what is best for an individual.

An education hangover and the problem with first year drop-outs *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Digital Storm

An education hangover and the problem with first year drop-outs *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Digital Storm

- When all the hype of high school graduation fizzes away…

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Regions regularly celebrate the completion of an individual’s final year of high school. Top academic results, pass rates and even school leavers’ ambitions are often paraded in the media and hyped up by the press. However, the hype soon disappears and high school is soon forgotten. But it’s the individual who remains the newest member of adult society. Decisions abound for these young adults.

By Alisha Gamisch
 
Living in the real world is very different to the online environment. However student accommodation websites are taking very real living situations and making them logically accessible online.

Student Accommodation websites that are rocking the planet
Student Accommodation websites that are rocking the planet
 
We had took a look at the ones rocking the planet…
HousingAnywhere.com
Countries/cities: many countries from all over the world
 
An exciting website with the clever concept that makes it possible to sublet your room while studying abroad. Further having the option to find a new place in your host city. All relevant search options are available and the layout is clearly arranged. With your student e-mail-address you are able to use their service for free. A website which is extremely helpful for students planning to study abroad!
 
Studentmundial.com
Countries/Cities: Best for Southern Europe, UK and France, but there are offers from around the globe.
 
Student Mundial provides a fresh and cool website specialised on student accommodation! Great for students looking for a place in the UK, Southern Europe or France, but the website is expanding to other areas! You can find out how student-suitable your area is (close to bars, pubs and places to do your daily shopping) and you can chat with potential flatmates. Another very good service is that you can check the distance of a room/flat to your university/college easily on the website and the map layout is very helpful. Also check out their student guide for the city you're planning to study in!