You’re almost ready for university life, but there’s a few things bothering you. For starters, how do you make the transition? Where will you sleep? What about your possessions? Where will you keep your computer? What about roommates?
Relax. Here’s how to sort it all out.
How To Prepare For Your New Home
This is probably the biggest move you’ve ever made. Transitioning to university involves a lot of change, and a lot of growing up.
The first thing you’ll want to do is find yourself a suitable university. Assuming you’ve done that, and all the paperwork is in, you’ll need accommodations. Now, you have a couple of choices. You can stay on-campus or off-campus. On-campus housing and student accommodations range in quality and size. You can stay close to the university off-site, and potentially save yourself some money, too.
However, you’ll have to commute to school. Mann Countrywide is one option, if you can find flat-mates to lower the cost of your housing. As long as everyone you’re rooming with is financially responsible, you shouldn’t have too many problems.
Figure out where you’ll be staying, then figure out how much room you have.
This will determine how much stuff you can bring from home. It might be a short list.
But, if the student accommodations are large, then you might be able to bring a surprising number of things with you. You’ll want your usual stuff: clothes, food, your computer, and a printer. You’ll also want bedding.
But, beyond the essentials, you may also want to bring some things from home to remind you of your family. Maybe some pictures or a collection of Christmas or birthday cards. You could also bring pictures to hang on the wall.
What To Take With You To University
There are lots of things you could bring with you, but the list of essentials includes:
* Duvet cover
* Pillow cases
* Warm blanket (wool and/or electric)
* Under-blanket mattress protector
* Bath and hand towels
* Photos of friends and family
* Alarm clock
* Door wedge (comes in handy)
* Hot water bottle
* Desk lamp
* Rubbish bin
* Coffee mug
* Casual clothing
* Lightweight jumper
* Knitted hats and gloves or mittens
* Waterproof shoes
* “Going out” clothes
* Rain jacket
* Winter coat
* Pyjamas and robe
* Formal clothes for interviews
* Smart shoes
* Purse or wallet
* Washing powder
* A Laundry basket
* A nylon bag
* A drying rack
Get Ready To Budget Everything
With your parents miles away, you’re left alone with your thoughts, and your money. Now, most students love this idea. Plastic and freedom. But, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. You’ll be responsible for all expenditures eventually. So putting it off planning till later is a bad idea.
Budget your money so that you don’t overspend when you’re out on the town. Also, leave money for regular meals outside of university cafeteria fare.
Budgeting is pretty simple if you’re on a fixed income or if your parents are handing you an allowance. Set aside 50% of your money for emergencies. Then, set aside money to pay for things like cellphone bills and any other fixed costs you have. The rest you could spend freely as needed.
Once you’ve saved up at least £1,000 in emergency funds, you can probably relax the 50% figure to about 20%. Always hold money back for future unplanned expenses. You’ll never know when you’ll need the money and it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
What To Do If Things Don’t Work Out
Sometimes, it happens. It’s not pretty, but it is what it is. When things don’t go as planned, you might need help from other people.
If there’s a problem with accommodation, you can look to The Student Accommodation Code for help. The SAC website can help you find buildings that are covered and will also help with any accommodation-related problem. If you need financial advice, you can get it through Citizen’s Advice Bureau. They offer general advice about money and benefits. You can also surf the website and read about a variety of topics and even find a list of local CAB offices so you can schedule a face-to-face if you need it.
Getting sick the first few weeks of studies isn’t uncommon, but if you get seriously ill, NHS Choices website can answer your medical questions and also point you in the direction of nearby doctors.
Joseph Archer is studying for his BA in English and is a staff writer for his university magazine. Keen to pursue his love of writing further he has recently started to write articles for student and college/university related blogs.
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