Setting Expectations for Starting University
Going to university is a thrilling new chapter, full of opportunities, excitement, and challenges. As you prepare to start university, you may be feeling a mix of emotions - from exhilaration to nervousness. That's entirely normal!
Remember: Most students feel this way. After all, you're about to leave home, meet new people, explore a new town or city, and embark on a course of study that could shape your future.
Choosing the Right Course: Factors to Consider
If you haven't picked yet, choosing the right course is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a first year student. Many universities offer a broad range of courses, making the choice somewhat overwhelming.
Remember to check the reading list for each degree subject. The reading lists provide a clear picture of what you'll study during the next three years. If the reading list excites you, that's a good sign that you're on the right track!
Remember: Consider your interests, career goals, and the course content. Check out online resources like uni websites and UCAS to understand what each course entails.
What is Freshers Week?
What's this? I thought freshers week was all about partying!
Don’t worry! There will be partying, but this isn’t all Freshers Week is good for; it's about meeting other students, making connections, and getting a head start on your uni life. The friendships you form during this week can last throughout your time at university and even beyond.
So what can I expect to happen?
Your first week will be bustling with activities. From daytime fairs where you can learn about the Students Union, to evening social events where you can make new friends, Freshers Week is truly an exciting time!
Be prepared to take full advantage of this opportunity to familiarise yourself with everything that will be happening (it might seem like a lot!) Attend the Freshers Fair, a highlight for students, where you'll learn about clubs, societies, and amenities on campus.
Surviving Freshers Flu: Tips for Staying Healthy
The infamous 'Freshers Flu' is a term used to describe the cold-like symptoms many students experience in the first few weeks of university. With late nights, busy days, and meeting lots of new people, it's easy to see why many find themselves feeling under the weather.
To stay healthy, make sure to eat well, get plenty of sleep, and take time to relax and unwind. And remember, most universities have health centres on-site, so don't hesitate to seek help if you're feeling unwell.
Check Out Societies
Whether your thing is Warhammer or Knitting, there'll be a club for everyone to join. Seriously!
Getting online and joining communities is also great for connecting with your future flat mates and classmates before you arrive on campus. Remember to check out our Discord & Whatsapp chats for your uni on the "My Freshers" Button at the top!
Remember, it's completely normal to feel a bit worried about meeting new people. But give it time - there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with others. From lectures and classes to social events and activities, you'll have plenty of chances to make friends and enjoy your time at uni.
Understanding Student Accommodation: From Halls of Residence to Private Renting
When you go to university, finding a place to live is one of the first tasks you'll encounter. As a first year, most university accommodation options for will likey be halls of residence, which are typically university-managed accommodations where you share a flat with other students at your uni.
Halls of Residence
Living in halls is a great way to meet new friends and immerse yourself in student life.
Remember, everyone is in the same situation, trying to settle in and get used to this new and exciting chapter of life. Spend time with your flatmates and create a friendly atmosphere. This way, you're sure to make your new city feel more like home.
Future Flatmates: Building Positive Relationships
If you choose to move into shared accommodation after your first year in halls of residence, your choice of flatmates becomes vital. Living with friends can make your university experience fun and memorable, but it's also essential to ensure you're compatible in terms of lifestyle and expectations. Remember, your best friend might not always make the best flatmate.
Being considerate, communicating openly, and dividing responsibilities fairly can help maintain a positive atmosphere. And if conflicts arise, try to address them calmly and constructively. Living with others can be a valuable learning experience, teaching you important life skills like compromise, respect, and teamwork.
The Importance of Time Management at Uni
Going to university is a huge adjustment from school. The freedom and flexibility that come with uni life can be exciting but also a bit daunting. Managing your time effectively is crucial to balancing academic responsibilities, social activities, part-time jobs, and self-care.
Tip: Consider creating a weekly schedule that includes classes, study time, social activities, chores, and relaxation. Don't forget to factor in time for meals and enough sleep to stay healthy. Using a planner or digital calendar can be a huge help in staying organized.
Remember, it's okay if your schedule doesn't go as planned sometimes! The goal is not to be perfect, but to create a balance that allows you to enjoy all aspects of your uni experience.
Exploring the Town: Discover Your New Home!
Whether you're moving to a small town or a bustling city, getting to know your local area is a key part of the experience when you go to university. Your town will be your home for the next three years, so spend time exploring it.
Get to Know Your Campus
Learn the lay of the land and familiarise yourself with the university. Find the local hangout spots and try to spark up the occasional conversation with any other lost-looking first years! Check out:
Student Finance: Navigating Student Loans, Bank Accounts, and Saving Tips
Time to Budget!
When it comes to saving money, it's all about making smart choices. Use your discounts whenever possible, budget for necessities, and try to save on little things like coffee or meals out. If you’re worried about money, most universities offer financial advice and support services to help you manage your finances.
Part-Time Jobs: Extra Cash and Valuable Experience
Many people opt for a part-time job while studying. This can provide extra cash to support your student life and can also offer valuable experience. From on-campus roles to part-time jobs in your university town, there are typically a variety of options available.
Working part-time can help you develop practical skills, gain experience in a particular field, and improve your CV. Just be sure to balance your work commitments with your studies and downtime. After all, university isn’t just about work; it’s also about making memories and enjoying your student life.
Student Discounts: Make the Most of Your Student Status!
One of the perks of being a student is the array of discounts available to you. From shopping and dining to cinema tickets and train fares, discounts can help you save money on almost everything.
Make sure to apply for a student discount card and check if any online platforms or local businesses offer student deals. You'll be surprised at how much you can save by simply flashing your student ID.
Using the University Library and Online Resources
The university library is much more than a place to borrow books. It's a treasure trove of resources that can greatly enhance your studies. Beyond physical books, most libraries offer a range of digital resources, including e-books, online databases, and academic journals.
Tip: Many universities also provide access to online learning platforms and software tools. Check out these resources early on, and make them a part of your study routine. Don’t forget to look into the reading lists for your courses which can be found in the library or online.