1.The important info
Have you noted down all your essential dates? Think Fresher’s Week, the day you can move into your accommodation, the first day of term, if you have to register once you arrive, and the date when you’ll receive the first instalment of your student loan (who are we kidding, of course you know when the money’s coming in…)
You’re also likely to have a number of introductory lectures in your first week, so it will be important to know when they are to help you familiarise yourself with the University and your course, it’s also a great way to meet new course-mates.
2. Furnishings & kitchenware
Don’t worry, you want to travel light, and it’s fun to pick up homeware as you go along. Make sure you’ve got all the essentials, like bedding, a desk lamp, laptop, and storage boxes. It’s also worth picking up some crockery and cookware, unless you’re in catered halls, in which case you may just need some plates, cutlery and a mug or two.
Spend wisely on homewares. You can find great savings at places like Argos, which have brilliant essentials with great offers. Pack lots of photos and photo frames to brighten up drab walls and make it feel a little more like home.
If you’ll be relying on a student loan and haven’t already registered with the Student Loans Company, then you’ll need to do that as soon as possible to ensure you’re not left struggling during your all important first few months.
It’s also worth deciding whether you are going to take your TV with you; if so then you’ll need to register for a TV licence. Think about travel, both your journey into university and the trips home and back. Will you get an oyster card, student rail card or yearly bus pass?
4. Part-time work
If you’re planning on taking on a part time job then it’s important to get applying as soon as possible - remember there will be hundreds of other students doing the same. Think about your timetable beforehand, consider whether there are set days and times you can commit to week in week out, or whether you need to look for something that’s more flexible. Even if it’s only one or two days a week, it will help to fund your now super busy social life and is also a great way to meet new people.
Avoid over-packing, especially if you’re heading home at the end of each term. You’ll be able to refresh your wardrobe when you return and it means you won’t need to move mounds of clothes.
It’ll be getting colder when you arrive so make sure you pack plenty of warm clothes, a winter coat, a waterproof jacket for your journey to university, thick socks, boots and trainers. Pack lightweight clothes and t-shirts for the milder autumn weather and ensure you’ve got smart attire as well as casual, for interviews or work.
Topman and Topshop have great selections of stylish, casual, smart and athletic wear, at affordable prices. You’ll also get great student discounts with your student card too!
6. For fun
Don’t forget all the fun little extras. Some good music and a pack of cards will come in handy for entertaining. Your favourite DVDs, books and computer games will keep you occupied on the rare occasion when you’re not studying or off out socialising.
There’s also a huge selection of societies you can join. If it’s a sports club you may need swim and sportswear. A fancy dress costume or two wouldn’t go a miss either – it’s basically a pre-requisite for parties in the first few weeks! For all of the above and more, head to Amazon.
Most importantly, get out and enjoy yourself