So you’re off to university… Time to learn the basics!

August 28, 2014

The summer before starting university is the perfect opportunity to finally let your hair down. You’ve made it through the exam stress and survived the anguish of waiting for your results. A break has been well and truly earned!
But before you throw caution to the wind completely, take into consideration just how much of a MASSIVE deal starting university is, especially if you’re heading off to a city that is unfamiliar to you. Are you as prepared as you could be? Have you done everything within your power to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible? If the answer to any of those questions is no, the following tips are for you!

GET READY FOR UNI

Wondering what to take with you?

Before you get carried away, check with your university to see what they will be providing. Some may supply students with things like bedding, so check before you start buying so that you don’t double up.The Student Room have compiled a great list of things to consider taking with you: The Student Room guide to what to bring to university

Are your finances sorted?

Use the time before you officially start university to make sure you have all of your money related affairs in order. Have you already opened a student bank account? Are all the details of your student loan finalised? Money Saving Expert have put together a great page with everything you’ll need to know about student finances: Money Saving Expert guide to Student Finance

Are you ready to fend for yourself?

It is highly likely that you’ll be living with people that you haven’t met before, so it might be a good idea to get to grips with some domestics skills if you don’t already have them! If you have never operated a washing machine in your life and class toast as ‘cooking’, get all the advice you can before you set off.
BBC Food has put together a list of tasty, easy meals that you can make on a budget: The BBC Good Food Guide to Cooking for Students