How To Prepare For University
This blog was written in collaboration with Student Jobs UK.
Congratulations are in order! You have secured your university place and will be starting a new chapter in your life. Now, university can seem daunting especially after all the complaints you hear from students and the memes you casually scroll passed. But, take it from someone who was in the same boat three years ago. If you are prepared, university will be a breeze.
Sort out Your Accommodation ASAP
Regardless of whether you are a new or returning student, you need to sort out your accommodation as soon as possible. If you leave it to the last minute, then you will have fewer options and you will probably be stuck in a house miles away from your campus.
University accommodation often becomes available as early as the year before and it goes pretty quickly. Therefore, make sure you note down when your accommodation becomes available, so you can apply on time. If you are a returning student or a new student who wants to stay in private housing, then a quick google search will show you multiple websites that offer housing. Also check out Facebook as there are sometimes university groups where people advertise spare rooms.
If you do not want to be shelling out thousands out of your own pocket to afford university, then you need to sort out your student finance. This can be done by applying for a loan through Student Finance England. Most people are entitled to the Tuition Fee Loan and you can also apply for a Maintenance Loan which covers part of your living expenses. Unlike the Tuition Fee Loan, the Maintenance Loan is highly dependent on your household income.
For example, if you have parents that are married and earn a high income then you may be entitled to less money. I recommend you apply for student finance as soon as possible so you can see whether you will have enough money to support yourself. If not, you can start looking for part-time jobs or work over the summer before university to raise some extra cash. Need help sorting out your CV or cover letter? Check out these sure-fire application tips!
Use Social Media
For most of us, one of the most frightening things about going to university is having to make new friends all over again. You can minimise this stress by using social media to make friends before the semester starts. Every university has several Facebook groups with people all in the same situation as you. Using this method is how I managed to meet my flatmates before moving into my accommodation and make friends with people who have the same interests as me. While I do not talk to many of them now, it did make me feel a lot better knowing that I had people I could talk to during my first couple of weeks at university as I tried to find my place.
The best way you can prepare for university is by keeping calm. Over-analysing things or thinking that your university experience needs to go in a specific way in order for it to be great can leave you mentally drained. Just start with an open mind and you will be fine. If you still need some extra help then learn more at Ansbury Guidance who can not only provide you with information but also help you mentally and physically.
Anabel Monet Ramirez is an Online Marketer at StudentJob. Looking for a job but not sure where to start? We have plenty of jobs available nationwide. From weekend to full-time jobs you will be sure to find a job that suits your schedule and needs.