Things To Prepare Before Entering Into A University, Check Complete Details

Apart from the admission procedure, there are a few things that you need to take care of before starting your education journey to a new destination. Studying abroad is not easy, and preparing to go to a university in a completely different place can be as daunting as getting married. There are so many things to do in so little time; you will miss a thing or two. So, how can you make sure that your preparation before moving to a university is up to mark? Worry not, as we got you covered. 

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1. Arranging Your Accommodation: When it comes to finding a place to live while at university, most first-year students choose to stay in halls of residence, as they’re managed by the university and present an easy way to meet other new people. If you do decide to go with university-owned housing, you’ll usually be faced with a choice between catered and self-catered, sociable and quiet, and single and mixed-gender halls. It’s important to know that it’s never too early to start thinking about your preferences, as many hall places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact your university’s accommodation office to enquire about accommodation open days and to explore your options.

2. Sorting Your Finances: While this may not seem like the most exciting task when preparing for university, it’s important to get your finances in order before fresher’s week so you can budget for the coming academic year. The first thing you need to do is set up a student bank account. Many of the major banks offer these with added incentives. But what you should really be looking for is the bank with the best 0% interest overdraft facilities. Banks will typically make daily charges if you exceed your arranged overdraft, so always read the small print.

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3. Deciding On What To Take: Find out what will be provided at your accommodation to avoid making unnecessary purchases and check how much storage space you’ll have – there’s no point taking things you don’t have the room to keep.

4. Start Your Syllabus: Many universities put their reading lists online weeks before their courses begin or will send you the details via email. This will give you an idea of what to expect from your workload, and getting a head start on reading will build your confidence for lectures. You don’t need to own every book on the list – identify the core texts and buy these. Any others you need will be available to borrow from your university library, or you can buy them online from former students for a fraction of their original retail price.

5. Do A Health Check: Arrange a health check with your GP before you leave home to ensure that you’re starting university in the best health possible. This is especially important during COVID times. Sorting out any ailments before you make a move will mean you’re less likely to suffer from freshers’ flu – which most first-year students experience due to a lack of sleep and exercise, a drastic change in diet and coming into contact with hundreds of new people, all in a short space of time.

6. Know The Area: If you can visit the city or town, your university familiarises yourself with your new surroundings. To save money and time on making multiple trips, especially if your chosen university is far from home, it’s a good idea to have a look around while you’re visiting for an open day. Even a virtual tour experience can give you some sense of what to expect.

7. Spend Time With Family And Friends: Spend quality time with your loved ones in the summer before university. Depending on how far away you’re moving to study, you may not be able to see them for a few months. While you’ll be doing lots of exciting things and meeting new people in your first term, homesickness is normal and might kick in once you’ve settled.

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