Have you recently started University? Moving to University is a big lifestyle change for most freshers as they begin living independently for the first time. It can be intimidating making such a big lifestyle change, but these 13 tips will help any freshers to happily settle into University life.
1. Arrive early
Try to move into your University halls on the first day they are open. People will form bonds during the first few awkward days, so don’t get left out: This is a good chance to meet other freshers and strike up new friendships.
2. Find your University on social media
If your University has a social media page, make sure you have ‘Liked’ it. This page will post all upcoming events and parties for freshers, giving you a head start on places to go with your new house-mates.
3. Unpack straight away
The day that you move to University will be filled with activities, but try not to put off unpacking. It is fun to talk to other freshers and show your parents around, but once they have left you may feel a little homesick — make sure all of your favourite things are on display already to help you settle into your new home.
4. Get to know your new home
On the first day, find out where the toilets, kitchen and laundry room are. This will make your life easier in the long run and it will help you to settle in. It is also useful to find the supermarket where you will do all of your food shopping.
5. Leave your bedroom door open during the day-time
If you are feeling nervous, it is tempting to shut your door and chat on-line to your old friends from back home. Try to avoid this as it will make it harder for you to get to know your house-mates. Leave your door open so your house-mates feel like they can come in and strike up a conversation.
6. Set a cleaning rota with your house-mates
It is likely you will live with some freshers who are very messy and others who are very clean, so try to set a cleaning rota all of your house-mates agree with. This will ensure that the bulk of the cleaning doesn’t fall to just one person and arguments will be avoided.
7. Check out the freshers fair
Joining a society is a great way to make new friends who share similar interests to you. Check out your University freshers fair to see if there are any societies you would like to join.
8. Safety in numbers will help you find new friends
Once you and your house-mates have become friendly, go down the halls and socialize with other freshers. It is less intimidating in a group, and it is a good way to meet everyone you share halls with.
9. Set a weekly food budget
Decide how much money you want to spend on food each week, and try to stick to it for the full year. This is a great way to make sure you don’t end up only eating noodles for a full month.
10. Accept the responsibility of making sure you eat properly
You are feeding yourself now, so make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet. Buy fruit and vegetables with your food shop, and make sure you have enough to last the full week.
11. Talk to your house-mates about sharing food
Some freshers will share milk, butter and bread with their house-mates and others will follow a ‘buy your own’ policy. Discuss what you would like to do with your house-mates so everyone is on the same page.
12. Do a big food shop
Do one big weekly food shop instead of picking bits up from your local express store. This is much cheaper and it will save you a lot of time in the long run.
13. Cook in bulk and freeze the rest
Whenever you cook a nutritious and healthy meal, make sure you cook enough to save some leftovers to freeze for later. Many students don’t feel like cooking properly every day, but having leftovers will mean you can have a healthy meal with little effort.