Students can now get grants for gaming chairs and office furniture:

With Covid-19 still looming large and it is looking like a second wave is imminent in this coming winter, students could be asked to do parts of their course work at home. Although this was the case before the summer this time around students will have more time to prepare. Although this will not suit a lot of students who will not have the space at home or even the technology such as computers or laptops to do their course work the government are offering small grants so people can get the right setup for their work.

gaming chair for students

This grant can include home office furniture such as office chairs, gaming chairs and office desks. Companies like housetech who offer a range of gaming and office chairs are pushing to have this grant come in as soon as possible. This would mean that students can avail of getting some of the cost of their office furniture back.

Something similar is also being discussed for stay at home workers. With a huge portion of the work force set to work from home for the remainder of the year many people are having to invest their own money to get office chairs, gaming chairs and office desks just to have the basics of a home office setup. Other items like printers have become like gold dust in recent months due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Although working from home was a nice novelty for a lot of people it seems that the novelty has worn off and many people are missing the social interaction they have at work. Things like after work drinks, lunch time coffees and other social outings will be off the menu for the next few months at least.

Students forced to use home gym equipment due to Corona Virus

There are not many people who have not being affected by the corona virus. Every age group (especially the elderly) are affected and no one knows how long this is going to go on for. With most students now forced to do classes from home they are missing out on a huge part of student life. A big part of University life is the social aspect to it and although this might seem quite trivial as opposed to reality of what is going on it is still something that students are dealing with.

University Sports Clubs Close:

Of course with the social distance measures that have been introduced University sports clubs can no longer operate and all clubs have no seized until further notice. This again is another huge impact on the students who enjoy everything from basketball to rugby and many are now left to their own devices to keep fit both physically and mentally.

With all clubs being closed things are worse again as of course all fitness centers and gyms are now also closed. This means that students are forced to do home workouts or else go for a run in their local parks as restrictions say that you can only exercise within 2kms of your home.

Because of this many students have had to purchase their own home gym equipment. Whether it be something small like a pair of dumbbells or if some students are more serious they are purchasing expensive equipment like a squat rack it is important that everyone keeps active. Who knows how long this will go on for and whilst many athletes are being sent body weight workouts there is only so many of these you can do before you need to use other equipment. Companies like mestech are seeing a huge increase in web traffic due to many people needing to purchase home gym equipment.

If this lock down lasts another few months then it could be worth investing in proper equipment. Bodyweight workouts will be fine for a few weeks but you will need to be moving weight if you are into physical sports like rugby and GAA. With that said this is totally out of our hands so we can just wait for the next announcement and see what happens.

Why Students Are Using Electric Scooters To Commute To University

You may be noticing something different this year at your university and around the various cities of Ireland in general and that is the use of electric scooters. Many students are opting to use this new technology to get to and from University and saving on their bus fare each day. We have had people come to us to ask if the bike to work scheme can also be used for electric scooters but as of yet they cannot.

The bike to work scheme for anyone interested means that you can get 40% off a brand new bike in order to use it to commute. It was setup by the government to encourage people to cycle to and from work or university and it has been a roaring success. This has taken a lot of people off of the roads which is better for our road network and also better for the environment. But now there is a new player in town and it is quite affordable.

electric scooters

According to the website you can get an electric scooter delivered to your door for €379.00. That is more affordable than most bikes! What puts a lot of people off of cycling to work is the fact that you can get into the office quite sweaty and by using an electric bike or an electric scooter the work is done for you so by the time you get in you are not all sweaty and self concious. In saying that you will not be getting the fitness aspect if that is something that you care about then maybe stick to a normal bike.

Although it has not been decided how to legalise the electric scooters according to forums online if you are responsible with them and don’t draw attention to yourself you should be fine. There has been articles of people been stopped and fined for speeding on them so if you do get one please stay within the speed limit and again don’t be out in the middle of the road or doing anything too silly and you should be fine. This should be a good way to commute and save a lot of money. The range on these escooters is approx 25kms so if you live near enough to University then these would be perfect.

Save money on your commute to collect with an electric scooter

Students are always trying to save money for obvious reasons. Between the financial hardship of paying for student accommodation which has been on the rise year on year and paying for everything else such as college fees, food and who are we kidding by not mentioning nights out students are under a lot of financial pressure these days.

Another large student expense for students is the cost of commuting to and from college. For those that are lucky enough to live near a college and not have to pay for accommodation they still have to pay for commuting to work. Whilst still cheaper than living on student accommodation it is still a considerable cost.

We have noticed some students getting an electric scooter to commute to work. Although the upfront cost is a few hundred euro depending on which one you go for from the electric scooter store you then do not have to pay anything to commute. You simply charge the electric scooter in your home or more likely your parents home and it costs very little in electricity to fully charge the electric scooter. Websites like escooterireland offer electric scooters for as little as €379.00 so they are much cheaper than getting a decent bike.

An electric bike is another good option but considerably more expensive with even the cheaper electric bikes going for €500 plus. Other options include of course a normal bike which is still more expensive. So if you are looking to cut costs where you can this is another option to save you spending money on your commute. In the future the electric scooters may be available on the bike to work scheme so they may also give a discount for students in the future too. Stay tuned for more student cost saving tips.