Five top tips for university freshers
Congratulations on getting into university! As it's almost time to head off, we thought we'd offer you our best advice for surviving the next three years.
Bring your own kitchen equipment
One of the most exciting parts of university is living with a bunch of new people from different parts of the country. You meet loads of new friends and it’s great, but what really sucks about living with your new friends is that some of them won’t know their way around washing up bowls and the idea of putting their dirty plates in the dishwasher is alien to them. Our advice is to bring your own plates, cutlery and cooking utensils because there’s nothing worse than going to cook dinner and someone hasn’t washed up the communal saucepan.
It’s important to go to university with an open mind. You’re in a new place and the chances are you won’t know anybody, so it’s a great chance to find new interests by taking part in everything you can. By doing this you’ll meet new people and gain a whole load of fun and exciting experiences.
Go to lectures
It’s a boring bit of advice we know, but it is important. The nightlife at university is fun, and there is a large number of people who go to university mainly for the social aspect, and it can be easy to get caught up in partying. Without your parents nagging you to do your homework or waking you up on a Monday morning after a heavy weekend, it will seem hard to get up for those early 9ams but at the end of the day you’re there for a degree and you need to put the effort in.
It’s very tempting to spend your student loan as soon as it comes in, but trust us, that’s a bad idea. It may be hard to believe but there are more important things to be spending your money on than nights out. You’ll need to budget for food, textbooks, bills and rent so make yourself a budget so you can manage. Many banks offer student accounts with incentives such as cash, ASOS Premier membership and railcards. There are also discount websites such as UniDays and Student Beans which offer really good student discounts on many popular shops and brands.
When you’re at university you’re suddenly given a lot more freedom as you become independent for the first time. With more freedom comes more risk and it’s important to keep yourself protected. You’ll be going out clubbing and partying and your mobile phone is more at risk of getting broken or stolen, so it’s vital you get your phone and gadgets insured - accidents do happen. You’ll also be doing lots of work at university, so it is important your laptop or tablet is protected. If it’s lost or stolen you’ll want it replaced quickly so your work isn’t affected.
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