The countdown to university has well and truly begun and you’re probably feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness, but you can stop your worrying because we’ve made a quick blog on what you will need to make sure you’re fully prepared!
Can You Cook?
Now you might not care about what you eat or when you eat it, but we’re certain that you will care about what’s left in your bank account at the end of the month. If you’re planning to eat takeaways all day every day then it can get pretty expensive, so save yourself some money and learn how to cook.
It doesn’t have to be complicated; we’ve got everything you will need to become a cooking pro in our Student Kitchen Home Comfort Pack all for just £95.
Get organised and Get Packing
As soon as you get your A-level (or equivalent) results and your place at university is confirmed, be sure to get your accommodation sorted as soon as possible. A lot of future university students are unaware that places in student accommodation can run out very quickly, so it’s best to get it sorted as soon as possible.
You might be wondering what you will need to pack for university, if so then check out our ’10 Things to Put in Your Student Survival Kit’.
Figure Out a Budget
This is something that a lot of students fail to consider before they head off to university, but it’s one of the most crucial things to check off your to-do list. If you are planning on getting a huge student overdraft (up to £2000) and relying on that to fall back on all year, then think again. Although the overdraft might seem huge, you will be surprised at how quickly it will run out if you’re not budgeting properly, and it can take longer than you think to escape.
So make sure you work out your weekly and monthly budget after rent, bills, and other expenses so that you can live a stress-free life at university. If you want some more money tips, then take a look at our ‘5 Ways To Budget Better At University’.
Start Reading and Revising
It’s more than likely that you will have some suggested reading to complete before you start your course, so make sure you check your emails and the University ‘student portal’ online.
It’s also a good idea to start thinking about how you are going to approach revision; University is a lot different to school because almost everything is independent. For example, you will need to make notes in lectures, but a lot of students try to write too many notes and end up missing what was taught, so you need to find a healthy balance.
If you’re still not quite sure how you are going to tackle your revision and you don’t want to let your workload pile up, then check out our ‘4 Revision Tips Every Student Should Know’.
If you search hard enough you will almost certainly find a few Facebook groups with people on your course or in your Halls of residence. It’s a good idea to join these groups and connect with the people that you’re going to be spending time with next year. Also, on Twitter and Instagram you can use the Hash tag feature to find people going to your university e.g. #NewcastleUniFreshers. Finding friends on social media can be useful but it is not essential, so don’t worry if you can’t find anyone!
If you want a comprehensive list of each and every item that you will need at university, then download our ‘What To Pack for University’ FREE checklist.