Thank you for all the lovely comments on my first #UniAdvice post guys 🙂
This post I thought I’d talk about the build up of going to uni, my experience and all the things to help you settle in as the first few weeks before and after moving in can be a little daunting.
I hadn’t really looked at any accommodation before I got my offer, and it was a big rush when I did. Me and my parents did an internet search and narrowed possible accommodation down based on price, where about it was etc. When I went to view the place it looked a little run down, but generally ok. It was very basic, but had everything I needed including a washing machine (very rare in student accommodation). I was quite lucky in the sense I liked the first place I saw, so I signed and got a date to pick up my keys. I moved around early September with the help of my parents, and settled into uni life pretty quickly. It was really scary when my parents left, but that was soon solved my knocking on my flatmates doors and sharing alcohol, and finding out about each other. That first week or so meeting people, going out and generally having a laugh was pretty amazing. And just for your amusement here is a photo of me and my two best friends on that first night out –
And here’s one of all the people I met in those first few weeks from the block of flats I lived in.
So you’ve gotten your offer and accepted it, sorted student finance and now you’re looking for a place to live. Here’s a little advice for those of you looking for your home away from home –
Start looking early
Look around, and make sure to read recommendations.
Make sure you see the place before you sign anything – Have a good nosey, and don’t be afraid to point out anything you think isn’t suitable, or take somebody with you who will. I took my dad who asked questions I didn’t even think to ask
Check out what’s included in the rent price – Try and get somewhere which covers everything if you can, I think most first year places will include everything, but it’s worth checking first.
Check out the location – Ideally you want somewhere close to campus (more sleep in the mornings!)
It doesn’t matter if you don’t get into Courts – I always thought courts was the place to be, and was really disappointed when I couldn’t get in, but it turned out I was getting a much better deal in the place I found. Plus no 3am fire alarms!
En-suites are essential in that first year – Ok so maybe it’s not the end of the world but it’s so much better than sharing a bathroom with strangers
When I first started to move, I had no idea what I needed, so I’ve also put together a list of all the essential house hold bits and pieces you should take with you.
Kitchen items – You can pick most of these up fairly cheaply in supermarkets. Glasses, cups, plates, bowls, cutlery, sharp cooking knives, other cooking items such as wooden spoons etc, chopping boards, a set of three pans, a frying pan/wok, kitchen towels, sponges and cloths, a bottle opener, a tin opener, food containers, washing up liquid, a sieve, a vegetable peeler and a cheese grater.
Bathroom items – A wash bag (especially if you are sharing a bathroom) bathroom cleaner and bleach, toothbrush holder toothbrush & toothpaste, toilet roll, bathmat and towels.
Bedroom items – Mattress protector, sheets, pillows and pillow cases, duvet and duvet cover, clothes hangers, storage containers (trust me these will be life savers, especially if you have space under the bed to put them), a small desk lamp, and anything else that will make it feel homely.
I might have missed a few bits out on here, so please feel free to comment below if you think I have missed anything. (I think I’m going to do a separate post on study equipment). And finally after a ramble on this post, just a few final pieces of advice –
It’s ok to miss home – If you’re moving away from home for the first time it is daunting, call your parents/relatives/guardians if it makes you feel better. There’s no shame in it.
Knock on you’re flatmates door and make friends – I already mentioned this in my previous post (read it here), take booze with you and sit up until 3am laughing like I did!
Go and explore your new city – It’s fun finding all these new places to eat, drink, shop and generally enjoy life
Check out who you know who is going to the same uni – A couple of my friends from home went to the same uni as me and it helped to know I had some other people I could talk to in those first few days
I hope this post was helpful to you guys, I’d love to hear any feedback, you can comment on this post or tweet me at @misslaurameow
Next time I’ll be posting on Freshers week, and other topics will be, starting your course, essential study equipment, problems at uni and relationships at uni. If you can think of anything else I can cover please let me know 🙂