Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Moving to uni: dos and don’ts for coping with the move and unwanted stress that comes with this big change.


Moving into your new university halls can be an exciting, difficult yet life changing experience! It can be extremely hard and daunting as a Fresher to get used to your new university environment, but it can also be one of the best experiences of your life. HerUni are here to help by sharing their top tips to help you with your big move!

Do pack everything you may need. Don’t worry if you think you are taking too much, as it is worth taking more things to university instead of having to travel back home again to pick up more things. Ask family and friends to help you, by giving you some secondhand kitchen utensils or books, as the big move can be quite expensive. For more advice, take a look at The Student Room website: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/What_To_Take_To_University 

Do pack an overnight or weekend bag for the first couple of days of moving in. It is useful to have the essentials you need all in one place, so you do not have to spend time in your room unpacking when you could be spending that valuable time socializing with your flatmates and making new friends.

Do make the effort to meet and get to know your flatmates. You will be living with them for a year, so don’t be shy, get out of your room and take the opportunity to socialize. The first few days of moving into university are the most important, so don’t waste any time. Put yourself out there and network! Go to other flats in your halls and introduce yourself! Many people say their lifelong friends have been the ones they have met during their time at university. This can happen to you too, you never know unless you try! 

Do gain your independence! It may be the first time away from home for many of you, so to stop yourselves from feeling homesick you must make sure to surround yourself in your new environment, and explore your university. Take a look round and familiarize yourself with the library, the SU, and your department offices. This is also the best time to take advantage of all the exciting fresher events and activities your university has to offer. Join clubs, societies, and sports teams and immerse yourself in the activities that you like best. This will help you in making friends, and will give you a break from your studies.

Do live on a budget. Although you do have your student loan, bear in mind that you will have to pay it all back in the future, so don’t spend it all in one go. Many students have to get a part time job to keep them afloat. Look out for part time student jobs that will suit you on websites such as http://www.studentjob.co.uk/ or ask your university for help. It is a good idea to see if you are eligible for a bursary or scholarship, as the extra money will be a great help. Take a look at websites such as http://www.studentbeans.com/ to get great deals and vouchers for things that you need. Living on a budget doesn’t have to be hard; you just need to be careful with your spending.

Do keep communal spaces clean and tidy. Ensure you keep your communal areas clean, by making a cleaning Rota and stick to it. This will stop arguments over who hasn’t been making an effort to clean as that responsibility will be shared. Do keep your belongings safe in your room, as it is inevitable that some of your things may go missing, especially food and kitchen utensils. In this case, it is always best to talk to your flatmates, or leave them passive aggressive notes, to prevent them from doing it again! This works both ways, while you don’t want people stealing your food, don’t steal other peoples food either, as you don’t want to be on the receiving end of an angry flatmates rant!

Don’t steal TV. If you want to bring a television to university, you need to get a TV license. But who has time to watch television anymore?! If you don’t have to time or if you don’t want to pay for a TV license, you can always watch your shows through BBC iPlayer and ITV Player! This will be much cheaper for you too. Bonus!

Don’t be noisy! Respect the noise ban and your fellow students. In most halls of residences there is a noise ban on weekdays from 11 PM. This is actually a good thing, when you have assignments and deadlines due in the next day! If even the noise ban just doesn’t work for you,(when earplugs just don’t cut it) as there will always be that one person who blasts music at 3 AM in the morning, and you’re getting distracted, then make use of the library to get your work done! Always remember that you are not alone, you can talk to your flatmates, your flatreps or your welfare officers, as they are there to help!

While moving to university can be a big step, it can be stressful and hard sometimes; it is also a life changing experience, as you become independent and self sufficient, your flatmates will become good friends and you will have the best university experience you could have wished for!

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