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Posted on: June 19th 2014

Get ready for Uni: Top tips for student life

We all know there’s a lot of things to think about when we start University. These tips should give you some help settling in!

Student Finance:

Make sure you apply and keep track of it on http://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Student Bank Account:

Many Banks offer freebies and good offers, but most importantly, make sure there’s a branch near your University or Halls or Residence. Compare what’s available at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/student-bank-account

Accommodation:

Arrange this WELL ahead of starting university if you want your first choice – these go fast! Can you cook? Some halls have catered options for breakfast and dinner – but it will be cheaper in self catered accommodation. Pack carefully too – rooms are normally very small!

Student Railcard: 

You can save big money with a young person’s railcard. Purchase it onhttp://www.16-25railcard.co.uk 

Pre-Course Reading:

Depending on what you’re studying, Universities will normally send out a reading list so you’ll be up to speed at the start of your course. If you don’t have anything – it might be worth contacting the relevant department at your University for more information. 

Health:

Make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations. The NHS has loads of reliable information:http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/studenthealth/pages/studenthealthhome

Getting to know people before you go:

Halls of residence and Student Union’s normally have facebook where you can meet fellow newbies virtually. These will also contain information about events and activities during fresher’s week. 

So, all you fresher’s out there there – be prepared, work hard, and have fun!! 

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