Preparing for University A Student Guide

You may not be starting university for a good while, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare yourself for student life. Having been offered conditional or unconditional offers is exciting, and with your top university in mind, you may already have selected your accommodation type and the societies and clubs you wish to join. There’s a lot more you have to consider, however.

Here’s a student guide on how to ready yourself for university life.

Decide on your accommodation

Deciding where you’re going to rest your head, cook, relax and study is important, as you will want to be as comfortable as possible. You’ll be spending at least a year in your accommodation before heading into your second year – this is a long time, so you want to get it right.

There are many accommodation options available to students, whether you want to live alone, have luxurious accommodation, or wish to live with friends. For those who wish to have an air of privacy but want to live in a building with other students, this Swansea University accommodation is a prime example of what is out there for students nowadays.

Learn to cook

It may sound odd and not as important as other elements of getting ready for university, but learning to cook means you can keep yourself sustained, love the art of cooking delicious meals, and keep yourself healthy and happy.

Universities are a hotbed of illnesses, especially because you’ll be pushing your mind and body to the limit at times. Keeping up with your studies, drinking with friends, heading to the gym can all take its toll on you, and cooking yourself a nutritious meal is a great way to strengthen your immune system. The internet has many easy recipes for students to cook.

Find people in your course

You may not be able to do this quite yet, but a month before you set off for university, check social media for course mates or those who are also in the same accommodation as you. This can make heading to university less daunting.

Start your reading

While it may be the last thing you want to do, getting ahead of your reading can be beneficial not only for your studies but social life, too. Rather than trying to rush any books for your lectures and seminars the night before, you can glance over the notes you’ve already made and enjoy socialising instead. It’s a win-win, and it means you can get off to a good start with university friends and your lecturers and seminar leaders.

Plan what you are taking

Look at what is included in your accommodation so that you don’t accidentally end up with two microwaves, plan the clothes you want to take, the supplies you need (you’ll never have too many pens and notepads!) and any sentimental objects you’ll miss if you leave them at home. Be sure to take decorations so that you can make your accommodation a home away from home. You want to settle in as soon as possible so that you lessen the feeling of homesickness.