6 things to do before starting university

Students in park
Three students are sitting on bench in park and learning.

Once you’ve gained a place at university, there’s a lot to put into place before starting and this can seem like a daunting task. 

Read on to find out 6 things you should do before starting university, so your new student life begins without a hitch.

  1. Arrange your accommodation

Universities offer different accommodations to suit a variety of needs. First-year students usually opt to stay in halls as they are protected by the university and it’s a great way to meet new people.

Many institutions allocate their halls on a first come, first served basis, so it’s never too early to start thinking about your preferences.

  • Sort out your finances

It is important to sort out your finances before fresher’s week.

You’ll firstly need to set up a student bank account. Many of the major banks offer these with added incentives such as free NUS Extra or 16-25 railcards.

If you’re planning on receiving government-funded student finance, you need to get in touch with Student Finance to get the ball rolling. Securing student finance is a lengthy process, so make this a priority.

Once these measures are in place and you know how much funding you are entitled to, on top of any other incomes and earnings, you can budget your day-to-day life accordingly.

  1. Invest in a railcard

With a 16-25 Railcard you can get 1/3 off rail fares to travel across Britain. The Railcard costs just £30, or £70 for three years, saving you £20 on the price of three 1-year railcards.

  1. Get involved in fresher’s week

The welcome week is full of events designed to help you settle into university life, so make the most of it. University is where you’ll make friends, so enjoy it and get involved as much as you can. 

  1. Arrange a health check

Arrange a health check with your GP before you leave home to ensure you’re starting university in the best health possible.

  1. Learn to cook

Ask for help with making your favourite meals while you’re still at home. There are also student cookbooks available in bookshops and online that focus on using simple ingredients and cooking on a budget.