So you've decided your firm and insurance choice for university, now what? We know you will want to spend the summer enjoying your free time before starting more education, however, there are a few things you can do in the meantime. Here are five things you can do in preparation for starting university in Septemeber.
1) Learn the basics of cooking
This one might seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people don't know how to cook chicken properly. Learning some kitchen essentials will benefit you greatly when starting university, especially as you are living on your own and need to take care of yourself. You may be used to your parents cooking regular meals, so take the time over the summer to practice your culinary skills, despite what you might think, living off takeaways is not beneficial; for your health or your bank account.
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2) Get organised
They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things a person will do. Moving to university can be just as stressful if not organised properly, one way to make the task easier is to plan in advance. Over the summer, you will need to buy a range of items for your new accommodation, check out our what should I pack for my first year of uni? blog post for a detailed list. As well as packing the obvious essentials such as bedding and a kettle, paperwork such as your CV, bank statements and travel documents should make the journey too. To help remember it all, make a list of everything you need and cross it off as you go.
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3) Get a student account
Managing your finances is one of the most important things you need to do whilst you are at university. Whether it's setting a weekly/monthly budget or transferring money each month, taking control of your money sooner will help when your student loan comes in. One thing that will give you financial security is a student account. Many banks offer a 0% interest overdraft account for students, as well as other perks such as a train discounts. Organising your account before you go to university will mean your online banking will be set up before your first loan comes in, this will be useful especially for freshers week.
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4) Join your uni and course groups on Facebook
One way of introducing yourself to your housemates and your course group is to join them on Facebook. This will allow you make connections and become familiar with the people you will b spending time with. It also means you can ask each other advice on moving in and discuss the course details.
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5) Look at your modules early and do some reading
We know you don't want to do any more work than you need to do this summer, but having a quick glance of your course details wouldn't kill you would it? Looking at the reading will familiarise you with what topics are due to be covered so you can buy the reading material if necessary. Books are expensive, so looking second-hand books over the summer will help you save some serious money.
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For more advice on starting university, check our going to be a fresher in September? blog for more information.