Moving away and starting university can be really daunting. It’s a completely new experience that you must do on your own and you have no idea what to expect. Even with visiting the university multiple times, the social side of university is completely unknown until you go. Here are a few tips to help you when you first start university!
• Research the surrounding area:
If you’re moving to a new place, it’s a good idea to research where you’re moving or to even look around your new town. Get your bearings, find out where the best shops are, best parks, best pubs. Bus and train stations are also very important. Find the best route from your accommodation to your campus or to town. Really get to know your new home, so when it does come to moving in it won’t be so scary.
• Don’t bring the entirety of your room:
As tempting as it is, you can’t bring everything with you when you move to university and you don’t need to. During my first year, I bought way too much, so much so that my family needed to make two trips, so we could get all my stuff back home. When packing for university, think about what you need, not just what you want to bring. Obviously, take some things that remind you of home. For example, I took some photos of family and friends to put on my wall and that really helped me whenever I felt homesick. I also bought a journal to note down whenever I was going to visit home again, so I could count down the days.
• Enjoy yourself:
However scary it may seem and however nervous you may be, remember that moving away is a new experience but it’s an experience that is exciting! You’ll get to meet so many new people, who are in the exact same position as you. Not only will you hopefully make new friends, you’ll also get to experience a new town or city with so many great opportunities. Moving to university is a chance for you to reinvent yourself, how ever cheesy that may sound. So, enjoy it!