Hey Everyone, hope your all okay :)
As i've mentioned a few times throughout my blog I attend university and Im going into my third and final year, which makes me very sad!
However, there will be quite a few people who will be starting uni either this week or next week, moving into halls, experiencing their first ever FRESHERS week, moving away from home for the first time, moving too a different part of the world, the list could go on! and it all can be a very daunting experience so if you are one of those people here are a few tips which helped me settle in to the uni life and made things a lot more enjoyable for me. :)
First thing is, before you even move to uni, go shopping and buy lots of things to make your new room at uni whether its in halls or in a shared house cosy! This is a MUST. Buy colourful bed sheets, pillows ect. When I moved into halls I colour co-ordinated everything so my room was all pink and purple as they are two of my favourite colours :) make sure you have enough of everything too especially as you might not be going home much & have lots of photos to scatter around your room! I would also recommend taking a TV with you if you can.
Get someone close to you to help you move in, whether its your parents, best friend, boyfriend. This will make things a lot easier for you as moving in day can be very stressful and having someone you feel comfortable with will help you feel more relaxed and will make it a less daunting experience. Also if your new to the town, city where your uni is after you've sorted your room out have a look around to make yourself feel more at home and used to the place you will be living for the next 3 years or more!
If your sharing a kitchen, make sure one of the first things you do is go in there, 99% of the time there will be at least one person in there, start a conversation with them, ask them how they are, how they found moving in, which cupboard you can use. Just to get the conversation started. Also eat your food in the kitchen too, as weird as this sounds , the kitchen is where friendships happen in halls. - thats what I found anyway.
Try and find out what is going on the day you've moved in. There will be loads of different fresher events, see where everyone is going. They will most likely invite you too. If they don't ask whether they mind if you can go with them. The people who you tend to go out with during freshers week are the people you are living with not the people on your course.
DON'T take loads of money out on your first night. You won't need it. Drinks will be cheap and you will most likely pre-drink too. If you take loads of money out you will be tempted to spend it and thats what you don't want to do as you will be going out loads so you will need money for all the other nights.
If your not one for going out and there are a few people who don't want to go out either, why not suggest watching a film together? Go to the shop get some sweets, chocolate and popcorn and have a night in?
BUDGET YOUR MONEY. This is vital, I know when you get your student loans its so tempting to just spend it all and go crazy, but you will regret it at the end of term when your living of super noodles!
Talk to people and get involved in everything! If there is someone who is shy. Involve them as much as you can.
ATTEND your welcome day. If you don't when you start your lectures you will find it harder to engage with people on your course as they will already know each other. You will also find it hard making your way around uni and knowing where to be at what time and who to go to if you have a problem.
Last but not least, never feel like you have no one to turn to or your the only one feeling the way you are. Everyone around you at uni will be in the same boat as you. Make the most of it, get involved in everything you can. And make loads of amazing memories! People do not lie when they say, Uni is the best years of your life!
Are you going to uni if so which one? I would love to know! Leave a comment below!