Moving into university halls, and settling down in university life for some can be a walk in the park. For others, however, university can seem like a daunting hurdle to get where you want to go in life, especially for the first few weeks. That’s why today I will be writing about some things that I wish I knew when I joined Edge Hill. So sit back and relax as I tell you some top tips on how to make your freshers and university experience easier overall!
- Get to your uni halls early so you can claim the best cupboard in the kitchen and the best shelf in the fridge.
- You can survive a full week on less than a fiver – pasta and the occasional free food in the hub will get you by when you’re struggling.
- The link bus is free on campus, so make the most of it!
- Explore the campus! Walk around and get to know where you’ll be spending the next 3 years of your life, feel free to invite your flatmates as well, as a get to know you activity!
- Sign up for as many societies as you like! It’s best to try as many things as you can to see which societies you wanna stick with after freshers month is over.
- Memorize the campus shops opening and closing times.
- Have a few taxi numbers in your phone contacts, and make sure you get the numbers of your new friends in case you get separated.
- Don’t worry if you’re a bit nervous about going out – it can be a scary time for any fresher because you’re still getting to know people.
- If you’re a first-time drinker, make sure to go easy on your fresher week alcohol intake.
- Plan your budget for Freshers Week. Know how much you want to spend each day on food, activities, and drinks. Planning in advance always helps.
- Make a spreadsheet of how much you spend each week so you know where your money is going. And if you’re overspending, then you know what to cut down on.
- Start thinking about Christmas shopping before December, as the price of gifts can mount up.
- Your Edge Hill student card will get you discounts in shops and restaurants like McDonalds.
- You can use the online catalog to make sure the book you want is in stock before walking over to the library.
- Also, have a few tins of beans and spaghetti on standby as they work great as emergency meals.
- Cook a bit more than you need so you can have leftovers the next day instead of cooking!
- It’s cheaper to cook for yourself than have takeaway every night.
- Make sure you eat before you go out.
- Make sure you prop your door open while you’re unpacking. That way you can meet your flatmates straight away.
- Don’t stop talking to random people just because freshers’ week has finished! It never hurts to be nice and make new friends and connections.
Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it and got something from it. Just remember, this feeling of nervousness you have right now will go away once you’re past your first few weeks, so be calm as everything will be fine.
Until next time!
Film/Show of the day: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971)