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Preparing your students for university

The thought of leaving for university can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time living on your own. You might not be sure about what you need to pack; managing your workload or even getting to know your new housemates. Don’t worry, we’ve got all the top tips right here.

Setting up your budget
It might sound a little dull, but ensuring that you are well prepared financially is a good starting point in the months leading up to starting university. Working a part time job in the summer before going to university can be beneficial. Ensuring you have a student bank account and overdraft set up is important too. Have a think about your outgoings and incomings whilst you’re at university and create a budget accordingly. Have a look to see if your favourite store offers a student discount; and be sure to check the what discounts ISIC offer, you could save money on food, clothes and entertainment.

Do your reading ahead of time
Not only will you have to provide your own writing materials, you will be expected to purchase academic reading material too. Many times your course leader will contact you ahead of time to let you know about tasks and reading. Always do your research so that you’ve got a head start!

Learning how to cook
It’s a good idea to have a number of recipes ready for when you start to cook for yourself on a regular basis. Not only will it save you money, it will be a lot healthier too. Check out some healthy budget recipes here.

Checking what’s on in your fresher’s week
It’s an exciting time when you start fresher’s week at university. Be sure to check what events your student union has on and see how you can get involved. Various halls offer daytime activities to help you settle in to your new city and are a great opportunity to meet people in your halls.

Who are you living with?
Most student halls have Facebook pages set up, and if you’re staying with Derwent Students; you’ll be invited to a closed group as well. This way you can get to know who you will be living with, find out about planned activities on offer and ask any questions you may have. Everyone in the group is in the same boat as you – talking to one another can help calm your nerves!

Packing for University
You’re counting down the days until you leave, your new life at university is just around the corner. So what should you bring? Check out this handy guide.

Before you leave for university, be sure to check out Derwent Students on Facebook and Twitter for more top tips!

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