Get organised early
Make sure everything is sorted as soon as possible to avoid any unneeded stress. From the big stuff like accommodation and visas for international students to small things like what clothes you want to take and whether you need to buy pots and pans – the sooner you get it all organised, the sooner you can start looking forward to term starting!
Connect with your future classmates online
Quite often you’ll find groups on Facebook or other social media sites that are aimed at people who will be attending your university – take this opportunity to make a few connections before you’ve even arrived! Look for students who’ll be on the same course as you, or people who’ll be living in your accommodation. Having someone to run questions by and meet up with in the first week is always comforting when you’re moving away from home.
Research what clubs and organisations you want to join during Freshers Week
Freshers week offers a world of opportunity – but you have to make sure you’re ready for it! Signing up to everything available is one way to go, but it makes more sense to have an idea of what you want to get involved in before you arrive at your new university. Look online to find out what teams and societies will be available to you, and if you’re an international student make sure you’re signed up to an orientation programme to help you settle in during your first few weeks.
Learn to cook!
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s something that a lot of students fail to do! For those of us that weren’t lucky enough to live in catered accommodation, learning to cook is the only way to avoid sandwiches and cereal for dinner every day. A student cookbook is a great start, and a knowledge of a few simple meals will help you feel happier and make your money go further too.
Figure out what your budget is going to be
This doesn’t need to be an exact science, but knowing what sort of money you’ll have to spend is an important part of living on your own, and it pays to figure this out before you leave (and before you have the chance to spend your monthly budget in the first week!). Getting a rough idea of what you’ll need for food and travel – and how much you’ll have left to spend on whatever you want – is a great way of preparing yourself for uni – and if you’re the adventurous type, it means you can start planning trips and activities with your spare cash!
Get ahead on your reading list
Whether you just get the books you’ll need or actually start reading them, getting on top of your reading list is a great way or getting organised for the new term. Reading the books before you leave also gives you more time to yourself when you’re at uni, and can help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed during the first few weeks of term.
Get acquainted with your new home
Whether this means a weekend visit to your new city or just studying the campus map, it’s good to have an idea of where you’re going and how you’ll get there when classes start. Travel times, bus number or even just a quick look on google maps – it’ll all come in useful come the start of term.