Wednesday, 13 December 2017

How to Prepare for University*

If you are getting ready to go to university, first of all, congratulations! This is an exciting time in anyone’s life. While there is a lot of hard work ahead, you are also going to have amazing memories and probably meet some of your best friends for life. However, right now it is likely that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole process. After all, there is a lot to take in. So, let’s look at some top tips for preparing for university…

*This is a contributed post

  1. Decide what stuff to take with you – One of the first things you need to do is determine what belongings you are going to take with you, and what you are going to leave behind. It is a good idea to check what your accommodation is going to have before you start putting your list together. After all, a new kettle, toaster and microwave may not be necessary. If you are moving abroad, you may want to take advantage of student storage solutions in your new location, as you will have easier access to your belongings if you do need to get anything.
  2. Sort out a student bank account – This is an important step for any student to take. A student bank account comes with many benefits. One is the free overdraft facility you will receive. This is beneficial for students, especially those who are waiting on grants or loans, which may be delayed. However, if you are going to take advantage of your interest-free overdraft, you do need to manage your money effectively. Once you finish university, you are going to need to pay this back, otherwise you risk being charged interest, and this is how debt starts to mount up. Track all incomings and outgoings to make sure you have everything in order.
  3. Buy your gadgets and essentials – It’s likely that you are going to need a number of new things for university. If your laptop is slow and unreliable, it may be a good idea to purchase one before you start your studies. There are also a number of other essentials you may need for university, including contents insurance and a travel card. Of course, the latter depends on your location, but most cities across the world offer travel cards, which enable you to get around for cheaper.
  4. Learn how to cook – Last but not least, learning to cook before you go to university is essential. After all, you may think that living off microwave meals is the solution, but you will soon get bored of it. Plus, it is more expensive and unhealthy too. So, start practising and learning some basic and easy meals. Spaghetti Bolognese is always a good one to start with. You can cook your meals in bulk and freeze them to save money and hassle too.

Make sure you complete the four steps mentioned above when preparing to go to university. This will ensure that you have everything set up perfectly for your new adventure.


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