Hey everyone, I hope you’re all doing well and welcome to my blog. So this week I am going to be uploading a weeks worth of blog posts so from Monday to Friday at 9AM all about going to university and my tips on university. To start the week off I am going to be telling you numerous tips to starting and preparing yourself for starting university. I have just finished my first year of university and I’m going to be going in to year 2 which I’m very excited about. I am going to give you tips on a range of things ranging from the university course to making friends to living in dorms, I really hope you enjoy this week and find it helpful because I wish I had read some blog posts before going to university so I knew what to expect. If you like this post, make sure to give this a like also leave a comment because I’d love to hear feedback and I love talking to you, also, if you have any questions related to university, let me know in the comments because I’m going do a Q&A later on in the week. If your interested in seeing more blog posts from me and want to see the rest of the blog posts throughout the week, give my blog a follow.
Join the university Facebook group and find people in the same accommodation as you and same course
The thing that helped me the most about going to university was joining the university Facebook group and trying to find people who were in the same accommodation as me and on the same course. I found this really helpful because I managed to find 2 out of the 5 people who were going to live in my accommodation and I was able to message then and get to know them a bit more which was amazing because it made me feel more confident and comfortable with moving to university because you have to live with these people for a year so it’s good to get to know the people you are living with. I also managed to find enough people who were doing the same course as me so I started up a group where we could all talk and get to know one another and this is where I got to know two of my best friends.
Read Lists on what you need to bring to university and only buy what you need
I am guilty of buying way more things than I actually needed when I first moved into university and I don’t think I used them once when I arrived at university now this year I’m not even going to purchase anything till I’ve moved into my accommodation to save some money and to only buy the things I need. The one thing I would recommend is reading more blog posts on what people would recommend taking to university which I will be writing a blog post about later on in the week so keep an eye out for that. This can be really helpful if you have no idea what you will actually need for university. Another thing I would recommend is DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH STATIONARY, I am guilty of going all out with stationary and buying all these folders when the only thing I ended up using was 2 notebooks throughout the year, a pen and some highlighter’s which is definitely all you need at university, trust me.
Buy a Freshers wristband
Going to all the freshers event when you actually move to university is a very good way of meeting new people and getting to know what university is like and the opportunities available to you. If you like clubbing, I would really recommend buying the university Freshers wristband because this will save you so much money with entry to the clubs and I really wish I’d done this so I’m going to relive my freshers week this year which I’m so excited for. Also, don’t feel pressured to drink, there are so many people at university who feel pressurised to drink because everyone is doing it but you definitely shouldn’t, you can also have fun without being drunk. I would also recommend going to places you’ve been asked to go to, if someone has asked you whether you want to go to a flat party, definitely go because flat parties are soooo good for meeting new people and I have made so many friends from going to flat parties so definitely go.
Print EVERYTHING out, I mean everything
Something that really helped throughout the year of university was having everything printed out, such as, student finance details, university details, student bank account details, these are all things that are really important and you might need them multiple times throughout the year. I would recommend placing all of these documents into a folder which you can easily store and keep everything safe. Throughout the year I’ve needed multiple documents for enrolling onto university and signing for my year 2 house, these are all important things that you should prepare for in advance. Its also good to know how much money your going to receive from student finance because then you can make a money plan which helps to save money when you start university, I’m guilty of blowing all my money the first term of university, its part of the experience but its not nice ahaha. Also, sign up for your local universities doctors, this is really important because you never know when your going to fall ill at university and you don’t want to go to an emergency doctors.
Your going to be offered free things, TAKE THEM
Within freshers week, you are going to be offered loads of things for free and I would 100% recommend taking them, there will also be a freshers fair where you can ask any questions you may have and they will offer you free things and you should take them. You never know when that pen/keyring/notebook may come in handy. You should also take the free food they give you because you will be so thankful when your running out of student loan and you need some food. I would also recommend signing up for multiple clubs, I can’t say I did but I do regret not doing it because this is also a great way of meeting new people who are interested in the same things as you. I was also able to go to the gym for free for a year which was amazing but I did neglect this opportunity up until Christmas but I was really thankful for it after Christmas when I wanted to lose weight and I’m definitely going to pay to go back to the gym when I go back to university. These are only the small amount of tips I have for preparing for university, if your going to university in September, you really shouldn’t feel nervous, its the best experience ever and you will learn so much about yourself, thank you so much for reading and I really hope this helps, if you have any further questions, feel free to leave any questions in the comments and I will be back tomorrow for another post about university, until tomorrow x
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