Posted on March 19, 2018
Moving to Newcastle to study is undoubtedly exciting, but it can sometimes seem a little daunting too, especially if this is your first time away from home. With a little preparation and planning, however, you will be able to make the most of this new chapter in your life.
Research Your Surroundings
It’s always good to quickly become acquainted with your new surroundings to help you to settle in easier, so it would be great to visit Newcastle before university begins if possible. As well as familiarising yourself with the city, including its shops, restaurants, nightlife and other facilities that might be important to you, take some time to research practical aspects of your new daily routine such as getting around by transport or parking. Of course, you can always look these things up online, but paying a visit to the city in person beforehand can really give you a flavour of what to expect.
Settling in quickly is important, and finding the right accommodation is key to making sure that you feel at home. When choosing accommodation, weigh up your different options, such as staying in halls versus private accommodation, and consider the pros and cons of each. Being close to the city or the campus may seem like the best option, but you could find cheaper digs a little further out of town – Nest can provide you with a wide range of accommodation options in the Newcastle area. Think about the costs of a place to live, and don’t forget to factor in bills. A house or flat share is usually the cheapest option for many students. Once you’ve got somewhere to stay, get hold of an inventory list, so that you know what’s included and what you’ll need to bring with you, or buy when you get here.