Heading to uni is a scary thing – trust me, I’ve done it. So, take it from me, there are a number of things you need to get to grips with before you actually get there. Otherwise, you may struggle…
First of all, let me say congratulations on getting into uni – it’s not easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it, right? Wait, never mind… Given that it’s such a big thing in your life, you should be going into it completely prepared. That’s where I come in – using my first-hand experience, I’m going to talk you through some of the things you need to do before you go to uni. Without further ado, let’s get started…
1. Have one final blowout
Go on – you deserve it. Have one last blowout before 3/4 years of hard graft, and enjoy yourself. If you’re unsure where to go, there are a number of delightful European locations you can travel to to really have some fun. Whilst you’re having so much fun, you’ll build up a tolerance for necking watered-down alcohol while have your mates chant “get it down, zulu warrior” from point-blank range. BE CAREFUL!
2. Learn to cook (at least a little…)
One of the hardest things about going to uni is keeping yourself alive and well (trust me – it’s not as easy as it sounds). Surely there must be someone in your family with some culinary prowess that can teach you a thing or two, right? If you’re not feeling like Gordon Ramsay, though, the Student Hut have listed some decent meals you can (try to) cook.
3. Get your finances sorted
Your financial situation needs to be in order by the time you crack open your first cold one during Fresher’s Week. I know, this is pretty boring, but it’s probably the most important thing you’ll have to do. So, get it done early, and don’t worry about it.
A good place to start is by setting up a student bank account. Pretty much every high-street bank offers a decent student account – some even offer extra incentives like a free 16-25 railcard. Decide which one’s right for you, and get it done.
Secondly, if you need to apply for student finance – you should apply on Student Finance England and get the ball rolling, ‘cos it can take a while for things to be sent back and forth.
4. Figure out where you’re going to be living
First year students tend to stay in halls on campus, they’re good for making friends, cheap (in some cases), and it’s not too far for you to stagger to lectures after a heavy Thirsty Thursday. The majority of universities allocate their halls on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s never a bad idea to start thinking about where you want to live and asking the questions as soon as you can.
Start early – avoid disappointment (mostly…).
5. Decide what you’re going to take for (probably) your last free-ride for a while…
First of all, do a bit of research about the weather forecast for Fresher’s Week. It might be autumn making itself known, so shouldn’t be too cold, but remember, this is England. It’s either absolutely freezing or crazily hot. It’s also important that you don’t pack too much, because you’re going to have to put it all away and keep track of it all.
Make a list of things you wear regularly, and things you’re okay with getting ruined (because, trust me, they will).