Here's All The Important Advice You Need Before You Start University
If you’re worried about heading off to uni this September, we’ve answered some of your biggest concerns about uni life.
We quizzed over 2000 students who were about to head off to uni and found out what exactly are their biggest worries and how we can help.
THE WORRY: NOT MAKING FRIENDS
No matter what kind of person you are this can be a worry - you probably don’t know anyone and that can be pretty freaking terrifying.
However, you have to remember, everyone is in the same boat. All those people in your halls? They’re probably also scared of not making friends, so expect a lot of friendly convos and faces. Give yourself a goal of speaking to one new person everyday, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll make new friendships.
It’s easy to keep putting the daunting concept of socialising with new people off until the last minute… Don’t do that. Arrive early, unpack and head straight to the kitchen for some socialising. You may be totally out of your comfort zone but you’ll be glad you pushed yourself further down the line.
JOIN A SOCIETY
There are LOADS of activities and societies you can join at uni and you already know you’ve got stuff in common with the people there. Making friends can be daunting, but uni gives you so many opportunities to do things you’ve never done before, so you’ll defo find people to chat with and make friends.
THE WORRY: NOT LIKING YOUR COURSE
This one is tough. You never know whether you’re going to enjoy your course until you’re actually there and doing it. There will be exciting new modules and subjects to sink your teeth into - even if overall you’re not totally ecstatic to head to those 9ams. Make sure you don’t skip lectures and make the most out of your time at uni.
The first few weeks of university can be hugely overwhelming, so it’s natural that you may miss your home comforts, family and friends. It’s totally normal. Just take it easy and go at your own pace as it can take some time to settle in. Some things will be completely new to you, you gotta take your time!
TALK TO SOMEONE
If you’re really not enjoying your course, it’s not the end of the world if you reapply to another one. There will be plenty of advisors and your tutor of course will be able to help guide you in the right direction. Some unis have student support centres too, so check out your uni website for more info.
THE WORRY: RUNNING OUT OF MONEY
Yes, money can be tight at uni, but it doesn’t have to be. With budgeting, part-time jobs and student discounts, if you’re worried about running out of money then get started looking into these before you’ve even started your course. As soon as you have your new academic email address, you can sign up for a free Student Beans account and get instant access to hundreds of discounts and offers with the biggest brands, shop and restaurants.
GET DEM FREEBIES
Freebies are everywhere during Freshers’. You might not think you need all these pens and random things, but you should grab them anyway, you never know what you might run out of/ forgot to pack.
GO TO YOUR FRESHERS’ FAIR
Seriously. This is where you can grab all the freebies that’ll last you all year. P.S. Student Beans is heading to 20 freshers fairs with our wheel of fortune this year so come check us out and win amazing prizes for every spin!