Whilst studying at university, unless you choose to live at home and commute, you’re bound to be living in student accommodation. It’s such an exciting and liberating part of student life but getting to know the strangers that may well become friends for life ( plus the ones you can’t wait to get away from) can be a daunting thought.
Here are our tips to help settling in that bit easier:
Before you even set foot on campus, check out your universities social media pages, many of them have heaps of information and networking opportunities for freshers. That way you might even spot a few familiar faces on your first day. Social media is a great way to take a peek at what clubs your uni has and what the social scene is like.
Bring home with you
When you’re packing make sure to include some home comforts, whether it’s your favourite duvet or pillow, family photographs or that air freshener your mum always uses, the little things will help your new space feel like home and help with the settling in process. Don’t forget to add the finishing touches, without breaking the bank by heading down to your local Wilko, you’ll find everything you need to help make student life that bit brighter and more affordable. Check out our store locater here.
Say yes to that event. Go out and socialise. Take advantage of all the fantastic clubs, universities have to offer, whether you’re sporty, crafty or just super sociable, there is bound to be something you can get involved in. It’s a great way to either try something new or carry on a hobby you are passionate about while meeting like minded people.
Stay connected to home
Whether it’s through social media or a quick weekly phone call to mum, an important part of starting a new chapter is feeling secure about the past and knowing that home will always be home and that you are still connected to everything before uni, really will help. Remember though, try to resist the urge to go home every weekend and especially in the first month. The best way to settle in is to actually spend time in your new surroundings.
Learn to cook
Staying healthy is key is maintaining your well being. Learn to cook a couple of budget friendly, belly busting recipes that will not only keep you well fed but can also be used as a way to impress your new housemates. Taking it in turns to cook is a great way to bond and a fantastic base for a harmonious household. You could always trade off skills, if you can cook but hate washing up or struggle to iron, help each other out before you know it, you will be a dream team!
Keep it clean
If you are in halls or a shared house you will probably have a shared areas. Some halls and private rentals may come complete with en-suites and cleaners but for the majority of students there will be an expectation to keep the shared areas clean and tidy. Remember keeping these areas in good condition throughout the year may help you get your hands back on that deposit which was paid out before you even moved in.
Now, as old, boring and utterly drab as it sounds a rota really can be the fairest way to ensure that everyone pulls their weight and maintains a nice living environment. Whether it actually works or not depends on the personalities and tasks involved and although no one wants a reputation as a filthy slob, no one wants to be known as squeaky clean Sue either so it’s important to try and find the right balance for your household.
You are all in the same boat
Even for the most confident students, the transition period from home to uni life can be hard. It’s completely natural to feel homesick, lonely and anxious. Everyone will be feeling the same at some point as in honestly nothing can really prepare you for that sinking feeling when you realise that you’re actually on your own now and can’t just call down the stairs to mum and dad whenever you need them, but remember … you will be ok!
Just try and enjoy it
Try to remember that it’s ok to feel a bit uncertain, it’s a big deal moving away for the first time. It’s ok not to like everyone or instantly have 10 new best friends but once you have settled in, the uncertainty really will be worth it. Fingers crossed you will look back on a bucket full of happy memories and wish you could do it all again!