Starting at university or college is an exciting time and if you’re off to begin this new chapter in September, you’ll have a lot on your mind right now. To make sure you have the best possible experience, here are some useful tips about things you should prepare for:
- Learn to cook
Not only is eating takeaway food every night not good for you but it will soon start hurting your bank balance too. You’ll soon begin to miss that home-cooked taste anyway. Before you move out and head off to uni, learn some basic recipes and ingredients you’ll need so you can easily prepare some of your favourite dishes from home. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right away, these things take practice. Just don’t give up.
- Get Involved
The first few weeks will be a blur of enrolment and Fresher’s activities, so make sure it’s a positive experience and remember not to blow your whole student budget in the first week. Get involved in as many welcome meetings and orientation events as you can, so you’ll meet lots of new people and start making great friends. This is the perfect time to bond with your flatmates too. Check out the best accommodation available at Gloucester student accommodation.
- Learn to budget
This is one of the hardest aspects of living away from home. Setting a budget and sticking to it. You don’t want it to ruin your enjoyment of higher education, so a budget is a good way of sorting things out beforehand, so you don’t need to stress about money. …and try your best to stick to it! There are loads of ways to have fun on a budget. Try doing an internet search for budget-busting ideas for student eating and socialising.
- Be organized
Make sure everything is settled before you get to your student accommodation. Boring but essential things like finances, insurance, rent payments, course information and student loans etc. It’s not much fun but it will make life significantly easier once you arrive. Also, make sure you have all the equipment you need, such as laptop, stationery, notepads and kitchen utensils.
- Advanced reading
It’s commonplace to be sent a reading list ahead of commencing your studies. If you have received such a list, then it will pay dividends to do some reading over the summer before the first semester. This will keep you nicely on top of things and it will be easier to manage your workload once you arrive.
- Time to pack
This is the part where you can start feeling excited, but don’t be tempted to take more than you need. Find a useful online guide that tells you the best things to take and things you really won’t need. Remember that space might be tight so taking your entire wardrobe is probably not the best idea.