Moving Away From Home
Moving away from home is a big step! You will now have your own independence to do what you want whenever you want. Adapting to life as a student can be hard, here are some great tips to help you get settled into your home away from home:
Local area research
Before coming to university, familiarise yourself with the local area. A big city can be hard to navigate when it is all new:
1. Note down local shops and supermarkets that are walking distance away
2. Find out which bars and restaurants are near you and if they offer any student discounts
3. Research into doctors and dentists just in case you need to use one
4. Take a look at public transport links such as trains and buses
5. Use a map to plot your route to your lectures so you do not get lost on the first day
Being organised is important for everything to go smoothly when you move to university. Creating lists for the items you need to bring can stop you from doing any last-minute panicking. Ask your friends what they are bringing to uni so you can compare. You can split your lists into 3 different sections:
1. Homewares for your room – comfy bedding, family photo frames, fluffy rugs and twinkling fairy lights
2. Kitchen equipment – cutlery, utensils, pots and pans as well as tea towels and electronic equipment
3. University supplies – stationery, laptop, chargers, notepads and a rucksack
Personalise your room
Decorating your room with home comforts such as photos of family and friends will make you feel more content and settled. Why don’t you add a touch of personality to your room with belongings from home? Decorate your noticeboard with happy memories and leave room for the memories that you are about to make. You can also add a burst of colour and freshness to your room with some houseplants.
Before you move away from home, you may want to brush up on your cooking skills so that you can cope with living in the student world. You can only survive off takeaways and pot noodles for a limited amount of time. You can enhance your cooking skills by learning from friends and family. Record these recipes and tips in a meal planner so you can save time by planning ahead. This also has the bonus of being able to budget properly during your food shop as you know which ingredients to buy and you will not impulse shop.
Shake off first day nerves and find other students who are attending the same university as you or studying the same course online. You can make friends before and then you will see a friendly face in lectures.
Take a look at your universities’ Student Union pages and find out about societies that you may be interested in joining during fresher’s week. This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends and occupy your spare time. Interested in sport? Universities have a myriad of different sporting teams that you will be able to join and have trials for – don’t forget your kit!
If you ever feel lonely at university, you can use their support services. There are always tutors and counsellors that can help. Don’t leave your problems to build up and hope that they go away. It is better to talk and discuss things with other people to help you and help other students. There are also some great mental health charities that support students such as Mind and Young Minds.