How to make the most of your first year at university

first year at uni

Heading off to university is a big decision that involves a lot of excitement and anxiousness. Throughout your first term you have settled in and made some strong friendships, but there is still so much left to experience. People in the years above you may have given you a load of different tips of how to make the most of your short time at university but in reality, the experience is different for everyone. However, there are a few tips that you can follow to ensure you get everything out of your university experience.

  1. Join societies

If you haven’t done so already don’t worry it’s not too late, most societies are always looking for new members, so send out a few emails or ask your friends for some advice about societies. Joining societies such as sports teams is a great way to build friendships that will last you a lifetime, and they serve as great way to fill up some time between your lectures.

But what if you’re not sporty? What’s so great about university is that there are hundreds if not thousands of societies to choose from, so there is bound to be something that will interest you. It’s important to remember that your student representative is always there to support you (it’s their job), so don’t be afraid to contact them for some guidance.

  1. Get a part time job

Getting a part time job might be the last thing on your mind but unfortunately the overdraft that you have been so happily spending your time in does have a limit. Getting a part time job will give you some money to spend on a few extras such as revision snacks to get you through the exam period, or even a special gift pack to give to a friend. Getting a job doesn’t have to be boring, there will be plenty of vacancies at your student union or alternatively, you can apply to become a brand ambassador for companies such as Budweiser, Spotify, and Red Bull. Simply search online to see if there are any opportunities in your area.

  1. Learn how to budget

Budgeting definitely isn’t the most glamorous thing you will learn at university, but you may find that it is one of the most useful skills to master. Once you do this you can allow yourself little luxuries such as a new set of kitchen pans or even some new bedding. Lots of students get into financial trouble at university, just don’t let this be you.

  1. Have fun!

Last but definitely not least, don’t forget to have fun. Your first year is a very important part of university because it teaches you the fundamentals for the rest of your course. However, for the majority of courses, first year does not actually count towards your degree. So, enjoy yourself and take every opportunity that comes your way!

If you found this useful, then check out our blog on what to take to university.