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Students: Are You Really Ready For Uni?

You’re probably already counting down until you set foot on campus.

Whilst your family and friends have mixed emotions about you heading off into the big wide world, everyone is incredibly proud of you and they want you to make a success of this new chapter of your life.

Heading off to university for the first time is an exciting time of any prospective students life.

You might have your clothes packed, plates and bowls boxed up and your childhood toy secretly tucked away in a suitcase, but what else do you need to know before you hit the student accommodation and meet your housemates for the first time?

Well, read on for some straightforward advice that will make the transition a little easier. 

Be prepared for your studies

It might come as a shock, but between the parties, nights out and social events you will be expected to study. I know, crazy right?

Make sure you have everything you need to make your studies as easy as possible, a good laptop (with insurance) word processing software, chargers, your reading list and maybe even a plagiarism checker for good measure!

There’s a lot going on before you hit the lecture halls; meeting new people, finding your way around, Freshers' Week and getting to grips with being independent for the first time, so having all this in place will ensure you can jump straight into your studies without any issues, so get organised. 

Learn how to do things!

For many students, this will be the first time they’re away from home. So, getting to grips with the most basic of tasks before you leave home for the first time will certainly make student living much more fun!

Learn how to wash your clothes without destroying them (not all parents appreciate a bag of dirty laundry to sort when you return home), learn how to cook simple meals, get to grips with doing things by yourself

Get to know the area

There’s a lot to get used to on campus. So, make sure you take some time to study the local area and pinpoint areas and places that will be of use to you.

The university and the campus obviously, but also things like local parks, the nearest doctor's surgery (make sure you register a patient), bars, pubs, taxi firms, bus stops and routes, shops and places of interest.

Knowing all this stuff will make everything so much easier.

Especially when you and your friends are trying to get back home after a night out

You CAN be choosy about your friends

At school and college you probably had the same group of friends or have grown up with the same people.

Now you’re at university, it’s worth remembering that you don’t have to be friends with everyone you cross paths with.

Not everyone gets on with their housemates, or those on the same course.

Don’t be afraid to head to clubs and societies in search of new friends, strike up a conversation in the library or the gym and see where friendship takes you!