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The Ultimate Guide to the University Experience

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If you are getting your A-Level results imminently, you are probably ridiculously excited at the prospect of heading to your first choice uni. No longer will you have to answer to mum and dad, you’ll be living on your own, and you’ll be in charge of your finances. This sounds thrilling, but it can also be a tad overwhelming. How on Earth do you work a washing machine, and should you take out a student loan? Budgeting and the university social life that you will become immersed in should come second to your academic studies. In reality, for many students, it comes first. A happy and content student that forges a decent quality of life is more likely to turn up to lectures and excel in their studies.

Heading to university can be stressful, even for the most excited student. Take a look at this guide and discover how you can be successful and enjoy your student experience.

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Budgeting

Yes, it’s a little boring, but you must budget when you head to university. If you are fortunate, your parents might be able to chip in and pay for your accommodation. Staying in halls of residence means that you might be fully catered as well. If you are, your accommodation will be more expensive. Alternatively, you could choose to live off site. A student accommodation studio is ideal for the individual who likes their own space. Or perhaps a larger student house would help you make friends. Infinitely cheaper, specialist student accommodation off campus can help you make friends and see a bit more of life in the city that you’ve chosen to base yourself in.

You’ll also need to budget for socialising. The temptation is to go out every night, drink a little too much, spend a little too much, and then find yourself in financial difficulties before the end of your first semester. Don't do this. Remember why you are heading to uni. Yes, you want to meet new people and have a good time, but you also want to get a good degree. Budget using the amount of student loan you have. Treat any money that you get from the bank of mum and dad as a bonus rather than including this in your personal budget. Go out twice a week and put a maximum spend on each night out. This will help keep your cash flow buoyant when you live away from home.

Studies

As a student within university, you need to make sure that you attend your lectures, seminars and tutorials. Of course you want a good time socially, but your mammoth tuition fees are paying for your higher education. Make a commitment to attend every study session that you can. These are vital to ensure that you have the breadth and depth of knowledge to help you with coursework, presentations and end of semester exams. Even if you could blag a little bit at school, university won’t allow you to coast.

Set a study timetable to ensure that you put the relevant hours into your work. Meet up with others on your course and share knowledge. Work out how you study best. It’s ok to hole yourself up in the corner of the university library. And it’s also ok to study in your favourite coffee shop. Do what’s best for you.

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Homesickness

If you are going to uni far away from home, the chances are that you’ll be hit with pangs of homesickness at points. It’s important to realise that this is completely normal. You are in an odd place, with unfamiliar people around you and you’re probably worrying about people liking you, you liking them and getting on well with your course. Try to get out there and be proactive to keep yourself busy. Go to Freshers Week events , introduce yourself to the people you find yourself living with and realise that every newbie student is in the same boat as you. If you’re nervous, take it slowly. You may find an awful lot of other freshers feel exactly the same. If you do become overwhelmed with worry, anxiety, or homesickness, pick up the phone and call home or speak to the university welfare officer. You will be able to work through it and enjoy your university experience.

Being a student and heading to uni should be the start of the best three or four years of your life. Budget, commit to your studies, have fun, and be kind, and you will have an incredible time at university.



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