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Essential student survival podcasts!

By Sj.Cliff
Essential student survival podcasts!

With summer drawing to a close, Freshers’ Week is just around the corner, as is your first year at university. This can be daunting; not only are you under pressure to make new friends and fend for yourself for likely the first time, you also need to start thinking about what you might like to do in the future.

This is where podcasting app, Acast, can help. For those days where you don’t want to call home for advice, Adam Martin, Director of Content at Acast (acast.com), has put together a list of essential survival podcasts for students. Be it how to successfully stock a kitchen, some career inspiration, or something cool to chat about with your new flatmates, Acast has you covered. In fact, some of these podcasts even come peppered with rich media, such as links and pictures, so you can fully immerse yourself in the show.

ASOS: My Big Idea

Ever wondered how on earth you will get your dream job, and how you even begin to go about getting it? Thought so. In this exclusive Acast series, ASOS talks with young, smart women forging their own path in everything from fashion and beauty to restaurants and the music industry. The app even lets you save and share specific moments, so you can refer back to them or send them to a friend. A great example is this one, where Radio 1’s Clara Amfo discusses the impact of social media on her career. The rich media that appears at this moment allows you to immediately access Clara’s Instagram page, making for a truly interactive experience. Informing and inspiring, these podcasts will steer you in the right direction and give you the motivation to keep going!

Radio Headspace

With so much going on, it’s so easy to burn the candle at both ends. The easiest way to quickly recharge? Meditation. While meditation often gets a bad rep and is seen as a little new-age, Headspace is different. Allow Andy Puddicombe to take you through his no-nonsense method of guided meditation and give your mind a little time to unwind


It may be a year old now, but Serial is the podcast that put podcasts back on the map, and with season two rumoured to be underway, it is bound to be THE topic of conversation around the dinner table. Following the real life mysterious disappearance of Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, this tale will have you hooked. Listen to this podcast along with your pals and discuss each twist in the tale as it happens.

Stuff Your Mom Never Told You

There are many topics that your mother probably didn’t discuss with you, mainly because they would have made for a rather red-faced conversation. In their own words, hosts Caroline and Cristen help you decode the ‘biology, psychology and sociology’ of men and women. Want to understand the opposite sex? Look no further!

Slumber Party with Alie and Georgia

Tired of the student union? Have a night in instead! Get your pjs on, pour yourself a drink and join in with the best adult slumber party EVER. This hysterical duo discuss a whole manner of weird and wonderful things. From ghost stories with songwriter to the stars Bonnie McKee to teaching you party etiquette (such as how to point at someone without them realising), this series is comforting comedy at its best.

Life after College

These tips from the Quick and Dirty tips team were created with the intention of helping to bridge the gap between university and the real world but these podcasts are useful even if you are just starting uni. With episodes such as ‘How to Stock a Kitchen’ (which includes useful advice about pointless items you really don’t need), ‘How to Write a Great Resume’ and a whole host of tips for managing money, this series is a real university essential.

Adam Martin is the Director of Content at Acast (acast.com), the free-to-use podcasting platform downloadable from the App store and Google play.

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