Preparing to Start University in September

Posted on September 24, 2019

Starting university can be a daunting prospect for many students. At the very least, you will be embarking upon a whole new learning journey and working towards your future goals. If you plan to relocate for your studies it can also mean settling into a new city, meeting new people and, for many, living independently for the first time.

If you are due to start university this September, here are some tips to make your transition as stress-free as possible.

Organisation & Finances

There is a lot of paperwork associated with a university and it won’t all relate to your course. Ensure that your finances (loans, grants and bursaries) are all applied for and confirmed well in advance of term. The last thing you want is to be alone in a new place with no money. Make sure that any tenancy agreements and course documents are signed and delivered in good time too.

Even with a student loan under your belt, it is essential to budget. Remember that this money has to last all term. Try and work out what you’ll spend on food, rent and travel before you blow it all on socialising!

Courses & Living

Don’t wait until freshers week to familiarise yourself with your course. Often the reading lists will be published well in advance so use the last few weeks of summer to get ahead with your reading. Before your first lecture, take time to explore your campus so you know where exactly you need to be and when.

Think carefully about everything you’ll need. Alongside course materials such as a laptop, notebook and stationery, you’ll also need living essentials including bedding, crockery and perhaps a few trinkets to remind you of home. It might also be a good idea to take a small food parcel and toiletries to tide you over until you get your bearings.