Tips for New Students

Tips for New Students

Posted on September 8, 2016 by

Group of university students

If you know a student starting college or university, they are more than likely to be excited, but also perhaps a little nervous. University can be one of the best experiences of their life and being as prepared as possible will help a new student settle in quicker.

Here are some useful tips (in no particular order) from former students that we hope will help:

  • If you are moving to a new town, take some time to read up on the local area and it’s quirks. Include research on any parts of town (and pubs & clubs) best avoided. Most universities will have information on how to enjoy your time as a student as safely as possible.
  • Making your own lunch rather than buying it every day will save you lots of money
  • Take any fancy dress clothes you have with you. Students will find any excuse to have a fancy dress party!
  • Always back up your work
  • Don’t leave revising or writing an essay until the last minute. You will always regret it.
  • Carry an emergency £5 with you. You never know when you might need a taxi or some chocolate to get you through a lecture.
  • Join a club or society. This will help you make friends with a wider range of students. You may even get to try something you never knew you would enjoy.
  • Keep a spare bottle opener in your bedroom
  • Find the shops, cafés and bars that do student discounts. Make sure you keep your student ID handy as you won’t get the deals without it.
  • Don’t buy all the books on the reading list. Wait until you get to uni to see which are the most important ones. See if you can get the others from the library or second hand.
  • Log out of Facebook when you leave your phone or laptop unattended. You may come back to some interesting status updates!
  • Make sure your phone, tablet and laptop are password protected in case they are lost or stolen
  • It is useful to take pictures of your accommodation when you move in. Also be sure to check the inventory if one is provided. This will help determine any damage deposit disputes that might arise when you move out.
  • Clothes dry better on an airer rather than draped over furniture
  • Find out what change the local launderette takes and start saving your coins before you go. Otherwise you may find yourself searching around for the right money when you need to do a wash.

University students in library

  • Take painkillers, plasters and other useful medical essentials with you. Freshers flu usually makes the rounds and if not someone is sure to have a mishap on a night out!
  • Don’t go food shopping when you are hungry. Take a pre-written list to avoid ‘impulse’ buys. Working out how much your shopping will cost as you go also helps you spend less.
  • Walk and cycle as much as you can. This will help keep you fit and save money on buses.
  • Take a blanket, warm jumper and torch. If you are on a gas or electricity card meter, it is guaranteed your credit will run out at least once after the corner shop has closed for the night.
  • Work out a weekly budget and try to stick to it. This is especially important in a shared house. You will have to contribute towards the household bills along with food, books and fun money.
  • Pick your housemates wisely. They might be a great friend but can you live with them or will this ruin your friendship?
  • Don’t leave house hunting until the last minute. In most university towns, house hunting starts in January for the September term. If you know other students moving out of their house, see if they can introduce you to the landlord. It will make their life easier if they know you are interested, and come recommended.
  • Don’t leave referencing until the end of your essay / dissertation.  You will always regret it.
  • Register at the local doctors surgery as soon as possible. You don’t want to be ill and struggle to find somewhere to go.
  • Don’t leave dishes to wash up later. They will pile up and when someone gets around to doing them, scraping hard food and mould off takes twice as long.
  • Use Skype or Facetime as much as possible. It will save you getting a large phone bill, but if you aren’t on WiFi watch your data allowance.
  • Get as much work experience as you can. You will see the benefits when you graduate and are applying for jobs.
  • Getting a job at the Student’s Union means you get to see your friends and the bands, whilst getting paid! You may even get free entry to events on your nights off.
  • Remember to make time to have fun and not just study for 3 (or more) years!
  • Remember to make time for your studies and not just have fun for 3 (or more) years!
  • Another top tip is to make sure you have the right insurance in place for when you go off to university