Whether you’re just about to sit your A-levels or have just come back from a gap year, you’re probably excited to start university. Of course, you might also be feeling nervous as there’s still lots of things that you need to iron out. The good news is that preparing for your first semester isn’t as difficult as you would think. It’s just a case of being organised about things. When it comes to preparing for uni, the more organised you are, the better.
With that in mind, here’s everything that you need to get sorted prior to starting your time at university. Take these tips on board and you can ensure that your first few weeks away from home are as enjoyable as possible.
Go to accommodation open days
One of the most important things when it comes to preparing for university is choosing your accommodation. The reason that this is so important is because if you’re not happy with where you’re living, you won’t enjoy your time at university. Take the time to browse online at your accommodation options, both university ones and private ones. Get an idea of the types of places you’d like to live and what your priorities are. For example, a room near your university with an ensuite bathroom.
You may not be 100 percent on what university you’re going to until results day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan. Once you’ve found accommodation you like, such as one of these Liberty Living flats, the next step is to go and view it. Even if you go and see accommodation at two universities, it doesn’t matter. You need to know where you’d live for each place that you may be going to so that you can prepare.
Join university forums
To get an idea of what to expect from university life, it’s a good idea to join a few forums. These can be general student forums or ones for your top two university choices. Find out what’s on offer at each university and get an idea of what you can expect. This is important as you’ll find that you’re not as nervous about your first semester if you know what to expect.
Once you know what university you’re going to, you can then join the fresher’s forum for that. This is a great place to get to know other people on your course and make new friends, ready for when you start. Heading off to university can be incredibly nerve-wracking and stressful. But you’ll find that you’re less anxious if you already know a few people.
Buy tickets for Fresher’s Week
One of the best parts of starting university is, of course, fresher’s week. Not only is this a week of fun events, but also a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. While you can buy your tickets for Fresher’s Week once you arrive, in case they sell out, it’s best to buy them in advance.
There’s a lot that comes with starting university, above I’ve mentioned some of the basics that you need to know about.