If you plan to start university in September, you’re probably a little concerned about how you will deal with the changes in your life. Moving away from your parents and living with people you’ve only just met is going to be stressful. There is every chance that you will make lots of mistakes along the way, but that is just how it goes. You need to learn to stand on your two feet and gain some independence. We’ve included a number of tips, ideas, and suggestions in the post in the hope of making your life easier. You should pay attention and implement them in whichever way you see fit.
Find the right accommodation
Unless you’re lucky enough to have rich parents who will pay for everything while you are at university, you should spend a long time choosing the right accommodation. You need to find somewhere that is comfortable enough for you to study, but that doesn’t have a high price tag when it comes to monthly rental payments. Your new university should help you and point you in the right direction when you’re looking for student property. However, you should also look in local newspapers and on notice boards around the area. Once you’ve found somewhere suitable, you’ll need to move onto the next step.
Get a job to pay your rent
The student support office at your new university is the best place to visit if you are looking for work. In most cities, universities have relationships with certain employers, and so they are the first ones to hear about any vacancies. You might end up working in a bar or coffee shop, but at least you will earn enough cash to cover your rental costs. On tops of that, you will get some much-needed experience in negotiating your way through the working world.
Make some new friends
While you need to spend the bulk of your time studying, it’s still a good idea to make some new friends with similar interests. You don’t want to spend three years of your life cooped up with nobody to keep you company. Thankfully, most universities allow their students to run clubs these days, and you can usually get a full list of active ones online. Just select the club you feel will contain the most people who share your passions and interests. Hopefully, that will help you to make friends and enjoy your time at university that little bit more. Remember, the contacts you make at that time could come in handy in later life.
Get your head down
Do not make the mistake of going out partying every night if you want to use your time at university wisely. Even with your work commitments on top of everything else, you still need to spend a lot of time studying. Work out a schedule that allows you to learn at a time that fits around your working hours. There is nothing worse than someone wasting three years of their life because they didn’t know how to get their head down.
Our guide should have highlighted some interesting points for you. We hope you are now in a better position to make your way through university and move into the career of your choice. You just need to get the balance right between socialising and progressing your education. If you need more handy tips, check out some of the other informative articles on this blog.