Sixth form

How to survive at university – House hunting!

It’s the thing that every student faces once there first year of university is coming to an end – moving out of halls and finding a place of your own.

It can be tricky, infuriating, tiring and uninspiring searching for the perfect or near enough perfect place to live for your second year (&3rd!) at university believe me I’ve been there and done it! Before I started university I used to have this conjured up notion in my head that finding and buying/renting a house would be so much fun as an adult (Just one of those things you see parents/adults doing as a kid and think wow I can’t wait!) but once uni came around and I had the urgency to find somewhere before the end of term I saw the realness of searching for your first property – It’s tough, but don’t worry here’s some pointers to help 🙂

  • Estate agents, private landlords and other search engines will be your first port of call, get looking early to avoid lack of properties available and missing out on some great places.
  • Look for somewhere close to uni, these are sometimes more pricey than properties further away from your university but it’s worth it when you’re super tired and can’t wait to just go home and sleep!
  • If you want somewhere further away, make sure there is good transport links or walking routes to any amenities and your university.
  • Locate the closest doctors and dentists and get signed up! Looking for a house near these sorts of practices are beneficial, no-one wants to make a long journey to the doctors when they’re sick or injured.
  • Look for a property in a safe area, if you’re in a big city chances are crime is common but that doesn’t mean you have to be a victim of it – make sure there’s locks/burglar alarms and any other security systems.
  • Remember you’ll have to pay bills now, things like electricity and water so make sure you find a place where the rent isn’t to high and you can afford to pay bills still and survive!

Anyway I hope these little tips help! Everyone is different, you may desire a house with all modern furniture whereas someone may be looking for one with all vintage and traditional decor but these are just general pointers 🙂

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The first post to bless this blog: University Experience

So this is my very first post on my new blog, Firstly to start my name is Mary and if you’ve had a quick look at my About me you’ll know I attend University. It’s been exactly around 7 months since I started University and waiting on UCAS to tell me whether or not I got in seems like a far thing of the past.

Time really flies when I’m at University everything seems to go by so fast, these months are dwindling and soon I’ll be in my second year hopefully. I’m currently studying English and History BA joint but I was very fussy in Sixth form constantly changing my degree choice, I couldn’t decide where I wanted my degree to take me or what path to choose. Eventually after a month or so of being at University I decided to write some articles for my University’s online newspaper given some encouragement from my partner, turns out that I find enjoyment out of writing articles and ever since my first one was published I have written more and taken a greater interest in journalism side of things, so now my future seems to be leading me down the path of being a journalist which is exciting!

University is different, many people will tell you before you come that it is a massive step in your life and they’re not wrong- it is. It can be a bit daunting for some people like myself, I found it very hard for the first two months because I’m a very shy reserved and quiet girl, but once you’re settled you will find it not so bad. You’ll meet some people that take University in their prime and spend 95% of their time in the clubs, pubs or other nightlife spots because they’re high on freedom and some other concoctions, but you’ll also meet the people on the other side of the spectrum that take their degree seriously and put in the overtime, you’ll  also meet people who are homesick a lot of the time and question as to why they came to University in the first place and you’ll meet people who just drive you insane but that’s just what happens- All in all University isn’t so bad.

Well that’s my little snippet on what University is like and it was my first post, so I hope you enjoyed! 🙂