1. Locating your on campus secret take-away after a night out is a must. Mine was known as “The Hatch”!
2. Cooking dinners in batches and freezing leftovers is such a time-saver.
3. Do not skip your turn taking out the bin. There will 100% be maggots if you do.
4. Going back home in the Winter you realise just how warm your actual house was, and you will never complain about the heating at home ever again!
5. If you decide to go back home when you are feeling ill, it will soothe the soul and get you back onto the road of recovery!
6. Pay the delivery charge and order your food shopping online.
7. Find a local Costco or Bookers if you can. You will save your wonga on bulk buys!
8. Student discount shopping nights are fun, but then you realise as a student you’re kind of poor so can’t afford as much as you think.
9. Every night of the week can easily become a “Student” night out.
10. Every year I returned back to university for Fresher’s Week, only to realise I can’t attend any of the events and just spent it going to the local pub instead.
11. You do not need to start finding a house for 2nd or 3rd year until after Christmas. There will always be enough housing!
12. When you do start to look for a house, either pick to be close to campus or close to town. Don’t go really far away just to save money.
13. Do a lucky dip to decide who gets what room.
14. Whoever had the smallest room the year before, gets the biggest room the year after!
15. Put yourself in charge of the utility accounts and bills. It’s a pain to make sure everyone pays, but at least that way you can avoid fines.
16. Make sure you enjoy your new town/ city! Go out to eat, see a show in the local theatre, go to gigs etc.! You are only there for a short period of time.
17. Don’t dip into your overdraft if you don’t have to! It’s a slippery slope.
16. Prepare food to have at home after a night out in advance. Or just get cheesy chips. Cheesy chips are life.
19. Make time to see your school friends at their university.
20. Check in on your home friends even if they go off the radar. Leaving home is hard. Check in.
21. Make the effort to call your family.
22. Missing your 9am lecture isn’t the biggest deal.
23. Make sure you do try throughout your whole degree. Although 40% may only be required to “pass” first year in the U.K., it will make second year a lot easier.
24. Not doing well in a subject? It’s time to grow up, admit it and do the work. Find a buddy to help tutor you, go to the library or stay at home more. Wherever it is that helps you focus the best, make sure you study!
25. You don’t need to buy every text book.
26. If you do buy every textbook, you don’t need to buy it first hand.
27. Have a think of what you actually want to do after your degree in advance, rather than hoping for the best.
28. Put yourself out there and join societies.
29. Not everyone will like you and that’s fine. You will not like everyone either.
30. Stand up for yourself and find your crowd. You are awesome – remember that.
31. Not everyone finds a big group who will be their “friends for life” at uni. Remember, it’s better to have a few good ones than a whole bunch of fake ones.
32. Club nights can be lethal and somewhat overpriced.
33. Take photos. Even if you don’t want to. It’s fun to look back on.
34. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
35. You don’t have to be best friends with the people you live with.
36. It’s okay (ish) to skip some lectures but not seminars – that is way too obvious!
37. If you drink the supermarket’s cheapest wine for long enough, you will not realise just how bad it is. Until the next morning…
38. You can wear whatever the heck you want on campus.
39. It is perfectly acceptable to stay in your dressing gown all day at home.
40. Pre-drinks always beats going out.
41. For your own sake don’t plagarize.
42. A set of speakers and a deck of cards is all you need for a good night.
43. Free pizza and Krispy Kreme sales on campus may come at a price of charity donations or local campus elections.
44. Always back up your work.
45. “Spotted At [insert your town] University” was like a discount gossip girl.
46. Napping is a part of university culture – I think I missed out here!
47. Group assignments will still be a pain just like when you were 14 years old.
48. Never compare or look up the answers after an exam. File them away into a little box away in your mind and crack open a cider instead.
49. The weekly fire alarm drill test will give you a mini heart attack every week!
50. University will go by really quickly. Before you know it it’s 4 years since graduated …
There are still so many things I could have added to this list! I hope you enjoyed this post and will subscribe, like and comment if so!
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