Here you are, finally stepping into your new life at uni. It can be hard to comprehend the fact that you’ve just signed up for another three years of study, but take a deep breath because the real joys of life have just begun. Cherish the beginning of an epic journey that’s sure to be filled with mates, joy, laughter, studying late into the night and most importantly, self-discovery.
Keep reading to find out our top tips for your first week at uni!
DON’T MISS FRESHER’S WEEK
Freshers week is all about activities, clubs, and joining societies- not to mention free stuff! Freshers week includes everything from pub quizzes to nights out, which is the perfect opportunity to get to know like-minded people. There’s also a whole host of advice and support services on hand to answer any queries you may have about starting this next phase of your life.
EXPLORE YOUR NEW WORLD
Make the most of your first few weeks in your new city by getting out and exploring. It’s your chance to discover where all the best food spots are, the nicest parks, shops and your go-to late night takeaways! You could also take a trip to your uni and walk around the campus, and rock up to your next class feeling refreshed and prepared.You are a newbie in the town.
We also recommend getting familiar with the local transport for those inevitable mornings when you sleep in and are running late to uni!
PUSH YOURSELF TO MEET NEW PEOPLE
There’s no better time to meet people who are going through the same transitional phase as you than your first few weeks at uni. Gear up your inner confidence and start a friendly conversation with those around you, whether it be people on your course, down the pub or your new housemates. You never know who will end up being a friend for life!
MAKE YOUR LIVING SPACE COSY AND HOMELY
Your living space should be your go-to place after a long day. Fill it with stuff that reminds you of home. Decorate your room with photo frames of your friends and family, fill your fridge with your favourite comfort food, and create a separate work and living space.
SET YOUR FINANCES FROM DAY ONE
We know it’s boring… but sorting out your finances early on is key to a great experience at uni. The last thing you want is to blow your cash all in one week! You can start by making a budget with your funds- and stick to it! When you do end up going out with your new mates, make sure that you set a limit. A tip is to leave your card at home and only take a certain amount of cash!
Money management can take time and effort, but trust us- future will thank you later!
MEAL PLAN AND STAY HYDRATED
When you are running around on campus it is easy to forget to eat and stay hydrated, so to combat this we suggest creating a list of go to, easy meals you can rely on after a long day. It may seem boring and not what you’ve come to uni for, but planning meals and doing a weekly foodshop can save money and take the pressure off you day to day.
REGISTER WITH A GP AND DENTIST
As a student living away from home, it’s crucial to register at both a local GP and dentist, and make yourself familiar with where you would need to go incase of a medical emergency. This new chapter in your life can be very daunting and you may experience bouts of loneliness, but your uni will have a dedicated mental health team who will be able to give you support whenever you need it. So don't be afraid to ask for help!