Preparing for university

Firstly, a huge congratulations for being accepted into university! You should feel extremely proud of yourself for achieving something so great and moving forward with your further education.

Now you’ve been accepted, the fun begins (and some admin work). The first thing to do is make sure you have your student finance sorted as well as your student accommodation. It’s vital to stay up-to-date with important information regarding student finance & housing so keep those documents in a well-organised file.

Another thing is to create a bank account (especially if you’re an international student), print maps if you’re going into a new city and maybe take a day trip to your new home. Depending on the type of accommodation you’ve chosen, you will need to pack the necessities: pots & pans, plates, cutlery, snacks, medicine, bed sheets & pillow cases, pillow, electronics, toiletries, clothes, important documents and anything else you will need. Some student accommodations have Facebook pages you can join, this is a great way to interact with your future housemates and start making friends!┬áSimilarly, your course may have a Facebook page for new joiners, I had this option when I joined and it was really helpful.

The most important thing you need before university is an open mind. You will meet people from all walks of life from every corner of the world, it is a melting pot of amazing. The first week will be freshers (I’m sure you’re all well aware) and it’s a great way to make new friends and have great fun. Try to interact and be as social as possible during this week, you don’t want to isolate yourself. This doesn’t mean going to every party there is, simply saying hello to your neighbour or to someone in the communal hall is enough.

You may feel overwhelmed and everything may seem daunting but remember everyone is in the same boat. Before I left for university, everyone told me I would make friends for life and it’s so true. I’ve met amazing people and I really have made friends for life. Don’t be afraid to come out of your shell, university is the time for you to get involved with amazing new activities so get involved and enjoy your time.

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