The Answers To First Year Non Academic Questions
Do I need to get a job?
No! You don’t have to do anything. Of course, if you would like some more money (which disappears like water anyway) and something to keep you extra busy, there is nothing from stopping you working. However, if you feel like you want to focus on your University life, that it totally fine too.
Something many students find more convenient is seasonal work, e.g. at a Theme Park or event, which pays fairly well but fits into term time conveniently.
Do I need to budget?
Strongly advisable! It is so easy in your first year, whilst saying yes to all these new opportunities, to let your finances get away from you. Having a relaxed approach to budgeting seems to work best for most people; having an awareness of your budget, and knowing what you’re spending, but not being overly strict with yourself to the point that you’re missing out!
Do I need a student bank account?
Student bank accounts are not obligatory. However, they are very useful. Having an arranged, interest free overdraft makes a lot of students feel a lot more comfortable, knowing that if you need an extra £50 here or £100 there, you aren’t stuck with nothing.
Can I change my accommodation?
Yes, if you aren’t happy, for whatever reason, you can switch, providing that there is space. However, in almost all cases where people don’t receive their first choice accommodation, they are still incredibly pleased with wherever they are. Make sure you give it a chance!
Do I need to do my reading list?
It’s not compulsory. However, it will make your life immeasurably easier. The workload at university can be tough, and playing catch-up when you could have done the reading list can suck!
Is Welcome Week compulsory?
Welcome Week is your first week at Warwick, aka Freshers Week. There are a number of compulsory events in relation to your academic department, which you will be able to find on your Welcome Week timetable.
If you have any questions at all, please comment below or message me!