Okay so you’ll see things on the internet and stuff telling you all this crazy stuff you’re meant to bring to university with you when you leave home, many shops and retailers take advantage of this and try and push lots of deals on stuff and things onto you as well but from experience I can tell you what you will need as a rough guideline! 🙂
Your bedding – Otherwise you’ll freeze to death when it’s cold at night! Some Universities may already give you bedding so double check before you make your trip.
Your documents – VERY essential, bring passports, driving licenses, bank cards, important letters and details with you. Best idea is to buy a small plastic wallet and store them all in there in case you need them, which you definitely will.
Any sentimental things – Well that was an obvious one right? Unless you want to leave them at home.
Room decorations – University rooms are notoriously plain and bland, soon the walls will drive you mad! Bring some posters, fairy lights, plants (I had a mint plant but it died cause the sun killed it 😦 ) and such to brighten up your room and make you feel more at home and happy. I brought posters, drawings, wall art and a lava lamp 😀
Your clothes, Make-up and other essentials – Another obvious one.
Cutlery, cups and Kitchen ware – Do not assume you’ll need one set just for you because when you make friends or your boyfriend comes round for dinner and they haven’t got anything to eat off of they wont be happy, plus lots of it will probably go missing or get lost as well, always clever to have more than one set. Do not buy anything fancy, you’re going to university no one worries what sort of kitchen ware you have, plus most students take plates and pans from home that their parents do not need anyway. (Most Universities supply a kettle, ironing board and microwave but double check with yours if they do!)
Notepads – It is probably best to run to poundland or 99p store and grab a few lined notepads before you come as they’ll be cheaper do not buy loads assuming you’ll use every page because I doubt you will in the end.
Medical kit – You will need this at some point most likely, stock it with painkillers, bandages, plasters, disinfectant and other little bits in case of emergencies as it is always handy.
An alarm clock – Unless you use your phone like me you will need something to wake you up in the morning for those lectures and seminars!
Laptop – Bring your laptop because obviously you’ll need it for coursework and such plus entertainment 😀
TV – Now some uni’s may not have televisions within your room but they may have a communal TV or none at all in which case you can consider bringing your own but TV licensing will be quite pricey!
Optional things – Such as stereo, xbox and ps3, board games, sport equipment, mp3 players etc.
Do not bring things you wont use or need – they will eventually take up to much space!
Okay so it’s coming to the end of my first year in University which means I’ll no longer need to live in halls with 5 other people because I have a lease on a beautiful apartment with my partner for our second year so were excited to leave halls! I was thinking about some things that I have learnt from living in halls specifically and how I’ve learnt to cope with flatmates and all the drama and craziness that comes with it. So here it goes! 🙂
Your flatmates are just as nervous as you on your first day moving in, On my first day at halls I unpacked my things, my parents said their goodbyes and sadly had to leave. I sat in my chair and burst out crying to which then led one of my new flatmates to come in and give me hug to cheer me up and explained she felt the same but she’s next door if I want to chat so I’m not alone.
The first few weeks no one touches your food out of shyness and respect, then BAM! after a month or so you start to realise your shopping is disappearing and its not going into your tummy but someone else’s instead!
You wont like all your flatmates and they wont all like you. When you first move in everyone is friendly to each other, they will talk to you and get to know you a bit better and then once you’ve all been stuck in the same apartment for such a long time arguments and disagreements form, bitching happens and things are not as rosy as they were in the beginning anymore.
You may get a flat of people who overly clean or you may get flatmates who have low standards of hygiene, your flat is a pick’n’mix of students remember not everyone will have the same outlook as you on things such as cleaning up or tidying.
Everyone insists on playing their music on the loudest volume possible. When you come to halls it seems everyone wants to be a DJ for your whole flat! This is a sure fire way to annoy any flatmates as well, especially if your trying to revise for an exam the next day or you don’t like their taste in music.
So that’s five little thing’s I have learnt from personal experience at Uni halls 🙂
So it’s coming to the end of my first year at University and I was just reflecting on what I have learnt from being here away from home with complete strangers in a tiny flat and going to University with thousands of other students each day. University has been an experience, there was funny moments, sad homesick moments and damn right strange what the hell moments.
So without further a due here are my top 10 things that University has taught me:
People will eat your food, even if they don’t live in your flat and they’re just visiting another flatmate. If it isn’t locked away in your cupboard it’s going to be gone when you go looking for it. The fridge is open game for anyone, you have to share one space for everyone’s dairy and meat products which means thing’s like milk, cheese and bacon which is like the price of gold when you’re a broke student goes missing very quickly. Countless times has my cheese been eaten, grated, taken and my newly brought milk has been drunk before I can even get myself a cup of tea.
You have to learn how to do things for yourself. The washing machine wont pull out extendable arms and throw your washing in for you and do it all for you with the right measurements of powder and comfort, nope you have to learn that all. I even started hand washing my clothes because I got so good at it! From my first year I’ve learnt to sew broken/ripped clothes, cook meat the right way, how to do washing, how to look after myself when I’m sick and all because I had to be independent.
Introducing yourself and making friends can be easy but also hard as well. When I came to University everyone seemed to have their cliques all sorted out, friends previously made, this was daunting but eventually you’ll meet people just like you who is finding it hard as well and there! you have your first friend. However University has also taught me that someone that you swap phone numbers with in the first week wont necessarily be your friend at the end of the first year.
Take away’s lure students in by the dozen by offering cheap prices that are a little suspicious to say the least! Then you find out that £1 chicken and chips has given you the worst belly ache the next day and your new best friend is the toilet for the day. Uni has taught me and thousands of other students that not all fast food is a good idea because take away’s know we haven’t got the money to be fussy.
Not everyone has the same hygiene standards as me. Regular urine puddles on the toilet floor, sick over the rim of the toilet and an overflowing bin. Need I say more? But It’s University, you have to deal with living with these people for one year, might as well not start a war over it. Just look forward to that second year apartment where you know you’ll keep it spotless without them living with you!
The days of buying brand name food goes out the window once you start Uni you start saving the pennies by cutting back on things like not eating Heinz and going for the cheaper dodgier super market own brand beans instead which eventually taste horrid anyway. Every penny counts! When I got to University I was shocked to learn that alcohol is cheaper than a glass of apple juice in all the local restaurants and pubs, so many students drink heavy amounts.
When your loan comes through it looks oh so beautiful right? You get the sudden urge to act the billionaire and flash the cash and what happens if you do that? You end up begging your flatmates to share their food cause you’re so broke you can’t even get some food shopping. Save the Loan!
It’s very easy to dislike someone. At University there are thousands of students and chances are you wont like all of them, you may not even like any of them. It’s easy at University to become frustrated with flat mates or people on your course, especially when they feel the same way about you as well, things can get a little out of hand in that scenario so try to avoid conflict.
Students get lots of discounts! No joke! Supermarkets, stores, retailers and various other outlets pour out student discounts, offers and lock ins all year round. Prime time to pick up discounts and things is at freshers fairs! I think I came home with two bags of freebies and offers at the start of University in September. So take advantage of this!
It’s good to join societies. People told me this before I came to University and I was like ‘Why would I join that…’ but it’s true, the easiest way to make friends or get involved is by societies. I joined a few and gained high authority positions within the societies within 2 months of starting Uni and I never felt more involved in University. Yes in freshers week everyone pressures you to join their society at the freshers fair, but as daunting as that is take the opportunity to eat all the free cake, sweets and goodies (believe me there will be loads) but sign up for things that interest you. You wont regret it.