Telegram? Your new (other) best friend. Telegram chats and channels are increasingly used by tertiary institutions and members of the public. They don’t just help students to stay informed about what’s happening, but also help to keep things more interactive! (Yay to sending cute, moving stickers and zip files!)

In this edition of the Uni Freshie Guide, we will be providing some recommendations on the popular Telegram Channels among NUS students. (For NTU students, please click here)


1. NUSSU’s Official Telegram Channel


NUSSU’s Official Telegram Channel broadcasts events and messages to the NUS Community and keeps users in the know of what’s up in NUS! It disseminates information such as updates in NUS with regards to COVID-19, workshops for Photoshop and financial literacy, competitions such as Volleymania and NUSSU CommIT’s Creation (i.e. Welfare Diary, NOC Poster), concerts such as CAC+US, NUSSU Welfare Free Cone Day venues, and recruitment opportunities for camps, Sports Club Projects (i.e. Sports Camp, sunNUS) and volunteering activities (i.e. NUS CSC’s projects)!


2. Dateideas Singapore


Ran out of ideas on where to go with your partner or your friends? No worries! dateideas has your back! dateideas was started in NUS and it has since expanded to provide many ideas to over 49,000 users. I remember seeing discounts on Future World tickets and I immediately sent it to my best friend. We started planning when to meet! Also, I was able to suggest different places my family could go to and spend time together! Also, through them, my friends were able to get discounted Halloween Horror Nights tickets!


3. SG Kiasu Foodies


Food lovers unite! SG Kiasu Foodies was also started by 2 NUS students! Dylan Teo and Goh Wei Wen went for NUS Overseas College (NOC) Programme, in which they created this channel as a platform which consolidates and shares awesome food deals to food lovers out there! Recently, they posted on a 50% discount from Pizza Hut and my family got a large Hawaiian pizza to share! Yum!


4. GoodLobang


Also, another channel for deals and discounts (including shopping and travel discounts) out there is GoodLobang. Also, fun fact, in my first semester, GoodLobang did giveaways and they came down to UTown to give out free cups of bubble tea! I was one of the lucky few to get a cup! Thanks GoodLobang!


5. NUS Tuition Assignments


If you’re looking into tutoring during your free time to earn some extra pocket money while studying, you may join this channel! Learnseeker, the creator of this channel, is also a startup by NUS students which is supported by NUS Enterprise. It offers a 1-1 Home Tuition marketplace, linking parents to quality tutors, and has worked with over 5,000 clients!


Just to note, this list is non-exhaustive. There are many other groups out there for faculty (i.e. NUS Chemical Science Society, NUS Science Club, The Bizad Bulletin), modules (i.e. GER1000, ACC1701, CS2040), NUS Buffet Response Team, NUS Clubbing, CCAs and Halls too!


BONUS (Telegram Bot & Channels)

If you’re trying to collate opinions or find the best day to meet, use @countmeinbot. This bot is helpful in organising meetings and check people’s timing availability!

Last but not least, join @TheStraitsTimes or @cnalatest for bite-sized information on current affairs. If you would like to pick up some tips on investing, saving and spending, join @personalfinancesg! Also, if you’re keen on volunteering in NUS, join @nuscsc to stay updated on the different kinds of volunteering opportunities available to the NUS Community.

We hope that you have learned something useful from this article! If you are a prospective NUS student, be sure to join these channels to make your university life more interesting!


This article is brought to you by Denise Ong. Denise is a first-year undergraduate in NUS Business School. She is currently interning with SNCF as a Marketing Intern. She is experimenting with designing on Canva and Photoshop, and enjoys playing volleyball in her free time.