5 to-do’s to make starting uni easier
With the excitement of starting uni soon, it’s easy to forget to organise some important stuff. Here are a few things to sort out which will save you a lot of hassle if they’re done before getting to uni
1) Sort out your finances
The two priorities are: getting a student account and organising government-funded student finance.
On campus there is a Santander & Barclays so it can be handy if you have a student account with either of these. With my Santander student account, I get a 4-year 16-25 railcard, 3% interest on credit up to £2k, and up to £1,500 interest & fee free overdraft. Incentives from other banks include: £80 amazon gift card & Amazon prime at HSBC or a 4-year National Express Coachcard at RBS/ NatWest.
The article below explains in detail what to look for when choosing a student current account:
If you are applying for student finance, get organised by setting up your online account and completing the application. I’d also recommend learning how to budget and save money as this is a vital skill.
2) Decide what to pack
Although you’ll have probably already sorted your accommodation if you’re staying on campus, it’s handy to do a big uni shop before moving on-campus. For example getting toiletries, stationary, home comforts etc. You can find out what’s provided at your accommodation by looking online. For example, I stayed in Sherbourne in first year and I needed to bring a small reading lamp but didn’t need bedding. Below is a great article summarising essentials to bring, along with my article on essential non-essentials to bring (sorry for the self-promo):
3) Learn to cook and do laundry
Some of my housemates in first year didn’t know how to turn on a washing machine, iron or boil pasta…. Please don’t be one of those
4) Check out the fresher’s week schedule
If you’re interested in nights out during fresher’s week, these event tickets sell out extremely fast. Tickets for events are released at 12pm on the 10th September and for Pop on the 27th September. Most tickets will sell out extremely soon so have a think at what you want to do. In first year I got tickets for the foam party, pop, MTV, fresher’s festival. As I’m living in Leamington this year, I’ll go out to neon/ smack more (the 2 main clubs in Leamington) but will 100% be getting my pop tickets! Some of my housemates in first year got a fresher’s pass which included entry to all of the events across freshers.
5) Enjoy the rest of your holiday and treasure time with friends & family
Once you get to uni, life will be so busy, exciting and hectic. As you’ll probably live away from home, it’s important to spend as much time as possible with your family and friends because you will miss them. The summer before uni is one of the longest and most relaxing you’ll ever have!
I’m so excited to get back to uni after writing this, I really wish I could re-live the whole experience of being a first year again!
If you have any questions, please comment on this post or send me a message.
See you all soon 🙂