Moving away from home to start university may bring mixed emotions. New adventures can be exciting, but sometimes, taking the first step and adjusting to something new might not feel easy.
We’ve tried to help by covering some of the things you might need to think about as you prepare to start your university experience.
Staff and students team up to help new students move into their accommodation
Pack sensibly for university
Course materials, important documents, kitchen utensils, clothing for all seasons, endless sets of chargers...the list goes on.
- Make lists to ensure you don't miss anything important
- Organise your items and pack early to avoid last-minute stress
Lighten the load by forgetting about things you can buy later
Develop healthy budgeting habits
Whether you receive the full student loan allowance or not, it is sensible to think about your spending limits before you start university.
Learn to cook some go-to meals
Knowing your way around a kitchen will give you the flexibility to eat at times that fit your lifestyle and timetable, and can help you plan and budget for meals.
- Build confidence before you start university so you don’t have to worry about learning as a student.
- Start simple (you don’t need to be a gourmet chef to survive and eat healthily).
- Consider batch-cooking so you can get the most out of your ingredients and save yourself time and money in the long-run.
Prepare for more independence
University might be the first time you are fending for yourself, doing your own cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
While you can figure some things out later, it’s worth practising your housework skills before you leave home so that independent living isn’t a complete shock to the system.
Give yourself time to adjust
Feeling anxious before you leave home, or a bit homesick after you start university, are both common emotions. Homesickness can affect anybody, regardless of whether you’ve moved half an hour away or halfway around the world.
“I was quite an anxious person before I went to university, and being thrown into a random flat with strangers worried me.
“Going to the University of Plymouth helped me come out of my shell, which is something my friends noticed after my first year.”
Nina, fine art and art history graduate
The Student Food Project
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University of Plymouth Students' Union
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