Check That Your Accommodation Is All Sorted
Make sure your accommodation is ready for you to move into on the day – ideally, you will have been able to visit your accommodation before moving in to ensure it’s right for you – but don’t worry if you haven’t been able to. If you are sharing with others, you may wish to connect with them through social media – this is a great way to be social and make your first encounters less awkward!
Check you are up-to-date with the rules and regulations of your property. Save yourself from any surprises by checking things such as bills, safety measures, whether animals are allowed and so on. You should also ensure you have the necessary contact details of your landlord/accommodation provider should you have any queries or emergencies.
Preparing Yourself for Independence
For many first-year students, university will be the first time they have moved and lived away from parents, so it’s really important to prepare yourself to be independent. Learning to cook is a great start. Cookbooks are great to have when you first move in, so that you can keep busy with new recipes and not rely on takeaways too often! Learning to wash, dry and iron clothes is also a good idea, as mum and dad won’t be around to help with these tasks.
Managing your money by creating a budget is a sure-fire way to ensure you don’t end up out of pocket – remember you need money to pay for food and rent/bills first – be careful with your disposable income! Think also about whether or not your student loan will be enough to cover your outgoings- some people find they have to get a part-time job to help with bills.
What Will You Be Packing?
This is a big step, and one that will see you moving into a new home – so there is plenty of packing to be done! Think carefully about what you will need, what will be supplied for you when you get there and what you can leave at home.
Contents insurance is a good idea, particularly if you like your gadgets – make sure they are covered in the event of an accident. Signing up for discount cards now you’re a student is a great perk – these can be travel cards, NUS cards or check out websites like UniDays for discounts at a range of shops.
*Keep your eyes peeled for a longer post from us on exactly what you should be taking to university!
Preparing For Your Course
Student life can be overwhelming for first years – there is so much to remember, that it’s easy to forget why you are actually there. Do plenty of research in advance on your course to give yourself a head start – learn more about the modules you will be taking, your lecturers, the campuses and read any relevant books you can.
You may also want to look into whether there are online groups for members of your course (e.g. on Facebook) – this is a great way to meet people and break the ice before your first semester.
Saying Your Goodbyes
Leaving for university is a big step, especially when many people move across the country to do so. Make sure you meet up with everyone close to you before you go – it’s a great excuse for a party! Prepare to feel homesick – while this is a feeling that affects most students, remember that your loved ones are only a phone call away, and make sure you take lots of photos and mementos to help you if you are struggling.
Get Involved During the First Few Weeks
University life is what you make of it, so before your lectures and seminars get more and more frequent, spend the first few weeks getting involved! Hang out with your new roommates and classmates exploring the area you will be living in over the next few years – chances are it will be new to everyone, so you are all in the same boat.
Keep up-to-date with what’s going on around campus via the Student Union – this will ensure you don’t miss any great social events or nights out. This is also the place where you can join groups or sports teams, which is another great way to meet new people and make friends.
Universities often have events during freshers’ week where you can mingle with other newcomers and find out more about what’s available for leisure or to support you through your studies – go to these events and make the most of them.
Author: Mark Boyle
Date: August 14, 2019