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Creating a student checklist to live by

Leaving home and starting your new life as a student is incredibly exciting, but with so much that’s new, it’s easy to get carried away and fall into bad habits. Late nights out and afternoon naps may become the norm, but too much of a change can impact your health, finances and  happiness in the long run. This student checklist from comparison website, Choose Wisely, will help you stay on track from the moment you wave your parents goodbye.

What can you expect from your brand new student lifestyle?

When you’re a new student you’re faced with brand new opportunities - making friends, learning to cook and managing student loans, to name a few. Striking a balance between the fun elements and learning important skills for the future is so important.

When putting together your list of uni essentials, you most likely considered pasta and stationery - however there is much more you need to include in order to have a relatively care-free uni experience and to concentrate on the work.

How can you adapt to your new way of living?

By teaching yourself good money management when you’re a student, you’ll find it much easier later in life. You could even set up a student savings account and put away a little each month, so by the time you leave uni you’ll have something to add to for a property deposit, new car, or even to clear a student overdraft if you dipped into it.

A lifestyle checklist to help you with your studies, lifestyle and finances

In the first week you’ll need to make sure you’ve enrolled, checked out societies you want to join and should be starting to get your finances in check. Use your Freshers’ Week downtime productively to create a student checklist to live by. We’ll start you off with a few things:

  • Apply for a student current account: With student current accounts you can usually receive extra benefits such as rail cards and an interest-free overdraft. Make sure you research which one suits you and don’t be drawn in by perks, such as switching bonuses. Take a look at this guide to find your best option.
  • Download a student money management app: Keeping an eye on your finances means you can cut back on spending if you’re getting carried away. By using a money management app such as OnTrees or Wally, you’ll be able to get a view of all your incomings and outgoings through each term.
  • Know your budget: If you’re really smart you’ll use the information from your student money management app to put together a budget. Portion out your student loan between fees, accommodation or day-to-day spending and break it right down - even to how much you have to spend a day. At first it might feel a bit regimented, but you’ll soon get used to it and will be stress-free in-between student loan payouts.
  • Get stuck in: Joining societies and student groups means that you can meet like-minded people and make new friends. Whether you want to join the golf team or you’re a budding AmDram enthusiast, check out the Freshers’ Fair and noticeboards to find your new squad.
  • Meal planning: With so much going on it’s easy to fall into bad habits, but beans on toast is not a meal you can eat day and night! Write up a plan of what you want to eat throughout the week and you can use leftovers for lunch too. Perhaps you could even club together with housemates and take it in turns to cook every night.
  • Take all the pictures: Uni can be some of the best days of your life, so make sure you capture them to look back on. Whether you’re on a night out, or exploring the sights in the day, take pictures and back them up so you can look back on all the dodgy haircuts in the future.
  • Buy second hand: Buying textbooks second hand is an easy way to save money, as they can sometimes be quite expensive. Look for people in the year above that are getting rid of their copies and see if you can snap up a bargain. Of course, if the facilities are available you can always pop to the library for free!
  • Call your parents: Homesickness can be real when you go to uni and the novelty of looking after yourself has worn off. Make sure you schedule time to speak to your parents each week - you can keep up-to-date with what’s happening at home and they’ll love to hear about everything you’re getting up to too (almost).

Ensuring you’re as prepared as possible at the start of uni means that you can spend your time making friends and working hard. With all the uni essentials sorted and put into a clear list, you won’t need to worry too much about money throughout your studies.

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