Let's start getting ready for uni!
It's time to start getting excited about university...
Although it's a super exciting time (and maybe a little nervewracking) it's also time to start preparing yourself for a big lifestyle change.
To help get you prepared, we've made a list of things you should do to get ready for your new life at university:
- Join your hall Facebook
As soon as you've figured out where you will be living, find and join your accommodation's Facebook page. There will be useful information on there to help you with your first few steps at uni, and you might be able to find some people you'll be living with. Find out your halls Facebook group here. Don't forget to join your UWE Accommodation Instagram & Twitter , where you can find out everything from all the great events that are happening on campus to any student friendly jobs.
- Work out a budget
Whether or not you have a student loan, grant, or your parents helping you out, it's important to work out a budget beforehand. It's far too easy to spend lots of money when you first get to uni and then find yourself living off one loaf of bread for a few weeks. The Money Advice and Funds services (MAFS) are on hand to help you with anything money - from money management and budgeting, to advice on emergency funds, to student loans, be sure to visit their page or book in with an advisor if you need support. Blackbullion is another nifty & Free tool available to help you with
- Get a student bank account
You're going to need somewhere to put all that cash if you don't already have a bank account. Student accounts are made to help you figure out your money and they'll come with a nice overdraft for emergencies too. Spend wisely though!
- Pay attention to arrivals info
You're going to get sent a lot of information about arrivals and it's important you pay attention to this so you know exactly what to do when you get there. Keep an eye on your emails as this is the main way that Accommodation Services will contact you. You don't want to be a lost puppy dog when you get there...
- Look at getting a student rail/coach card
Even if you're close to home, getting a student rail or coach card is smart! You'll probably want to visit friends and if you don't have a car you'll need to take the train/bus.
- Research the area
Unless you are super laid back and adventurous, you probably research a new country before you travel to it, so why wouldn't you research your new city?
- Buy the essentials
You'll get information as to what's provided in your accommodation, but you don't want to forget things, so make a list. You might need a different size bedding to what you have at home and extra towels, so get shopping and ticking things off your list.
- Get a check-up at the doctors
Make sure you're in tip-top shape and have all your immunisations. It will save you a lot of time and hassle doing it before you get to uni. It's worth registering with a GP in your new city before you move because it's a lot of hassle to do when you're full of Freshers Flu! There is a health centre on Frenchay campus which you can join before you arrive .
Excited for your new adventure at uni? Once this is done you can relax and put your feet up!
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