Top 10 tips on how to prepare for University at Warwick
Hi everyone! For those of you coming to Warwick, here are a few tips on how to prepare in your time before you arrive as it is both a stressful and exciting time before you begin your journey at University.
1) Learn how to budget and try to stick to it
It can be very easy to overspend at university if you don’t keep track of your finances and try to budget. By the time your accommodation and course fees have gone out of your account you may be left with very little! So, it is very important to try to figure out your weekly costs – including food shopping, travel, and any other essentials. Going out and treating yourself is fine if it is in moderation and you can afford to do it!
2) If you don’t know how to cook or do your own washing, learn!
Living on your own is a very different experience to living at home as you will be responsible for looking after yourself. While takeaways may be appealing, your health and wallet will take a hit so learn some of your favourite recipes from home. Also, learn how to use a washing machine so you don’t end up with a full set of pink clothes, or no clean clothes at all!
3) Do some background research and reading about your course, modules, and specific areas of interest
Have a look at some of the recommended reading before you start your course and pick a few that you are interested in. Not only does this give you some useful background knowledge, but it also often sparks more of an interest in what you will be studying in the future. Don’t go crazy buying loads of books because you will probably not need them and you can get many core module books from the library when you arrive. Also, consider your module options so you can think about which of those you would enjoy doing and you can also read up on those topics if you’re unsure about them.
4) Connect with other students on social media
There is often a Facebook group for offer holders and members of specific courses, accommodation and societies at Warwick so join any that are applicable to you to make some friends or ask any questions before you start your first year. There are also many other student blogs to read, information on twitter and on the Warwick University website so join the conversation!
5) Have a look at the campus accommodation available to you
Your accommodation is an important part of your first year and the location, price, and type of people you live with can make a big difference. So, have a look at the Warwick Accommodation website to get a feel for the different locations, letting periods, and amenities that each residence offers so that you can find a place that suits your personality and study and social preferences.
6) Think about what you want to take with you, then half it
Chances are that before you leave home you will want to take as much as possible with you to University and have everything that you need when you get there. However, after a few weeks, you will realise that you don’t need most of the stuff you brought with you. Only take the absolute essential kitchenware, stationery, furnishings, books and clothes and you will realise what you actually need when you start your course!
7) Figure out how you are going to organise your time and your study
Get used to being in a routine so that you will be able to balance all of your responsibilities without burning yourself out. You will need to make sure you keep on top of your readings, presentations, essays and exams throughout the term so being disciplined and organised will help you so much with this!
8) Check out the Interactive campus map and the bus routes into Leamington and Coventry so that you can find your feet easily and quickly
Knowing your way around campus is essential to make sure that you get to your lectures on time and you can get where you want to be efficiently. Certain rooms and departments can be difficult to find so look at the campus maps if you find yourself getting lost. Knowing the local bus routes is also very useful if you want to get off campus or travel to other areas.
9) Get subscriptions for Netflix and Amazon Prime, and sign up with iPlayer and ITV Hub
This may sound trivial compared to some of the other points but, as a student, you will probably not want to pay for an expensive TV licence. In your down time from studying, you will need to get your entertainment fix! So, get a subscription to Netflix to fulfil your need for fun and relaxation.
10) Buy an NUS Extra Student Card and get student discounts!
An NUS Card gives you access to many offers and deals at many stores, great for poor students! So, buy one online and prepare to save some money (and get free food from Maccies). Also, don’t forget to ask if a store offers student discounts because many do whether you have an NUS card or not.
Thanks for reading!