Leaving home and going it alone in the wide world and university life is a daunting experience. You may sweat the small stuff but fear not, everybody is in the same boat as you.
Is it really sensible to ‘go hard or go home’ when it comes to freshers week? Should you really be drinking that Jagerbomb at 2 am? We think not.
Compiling a list may help you avoid these Freshers Blunders while you still have the chance…
Packing – List everything you want to take with you before you even start packing. Pack it in order of priority. Remember you simply cannot take everything with you.
Can you imagine getting to uni and realising you had forgotten your ID?
Moving In – As tempting as it seems to avoid these new people you will be living with for the next year, don’t!
Try and be approachable. Put on some music. Not loud, of course, you don’t want to make enemies of your flatmates already. Prop open your room door whilst you unpack and smile that anybody walking past.
Going Out – It’s freshers week, I know it’s tempting to go to every party possible but not only will you use up the entirety of your student budget faster than you can say freshers week, you WILL come down with a dreaded case of freshers flu. Yes, it is a real thing.
Sleep is not for the weak. Put that FOMO to one side and know when enough is enough.
Friendships – Yes it’s true, you will meet some of your ‘forever friends’ while studying at university but don’t panic and attach yourself to the first person you meet. Unless you really do click of course.
Last Minute Studying – It is so easy to get swept up in the social side of university but don’t forget you are actually there for other reasons other than attending the pub quiz every week or drinking cheap alcohol dressed as a Crayola crayon. Don’t make the mistake of putting off your coursework or leaving it until last minute.
You will swiftly regret it, believe me.
Back up your work – This one is really really important. Invest in a decent flash drive and make use of free storage sites like Dropbox and Google Drive. You can almost guarantee your laptop will crash at a critical moment and all that hard work will be gone. Don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t need it.
Lectures – Nobody wants to get up and attend a lecture after a night out. If you can’t rock up with a hangover and still take something away with you then it might be wise to save the nights out to nights before you have a morning off. Save the epic lie-ins for days you don’t have work to do.
Life Skills – Learn how to use a washing machine before you get to uni to avoid turning your whites an awful shade or grey or worse still…pink. You don’t want to shrink your favourite t-shirt now, do you?
Don’t forget to sign up at your local Gp surgery. It’s inevitable that at some point during those 3 years you will get ill. Can you handle having to go back home on public transport feeling horrendous? Ugh!
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Living at The Junxion has been a very homely experience for me, as from moving in on my first year of university I was a little nervous about living on my own so far away from my home in Liverpool; but that all change once I moved into my new room, as the buildings interior design gives off such a relaxing vibe that will allow you to study in peace. Although the staff in the building where so very comforting to speak to and will offer guidance on pretty much anything, as they are always there to help. Other than that I would highly recommend The Junxion to anyone as I am currently a second year living with my friend at The Junxion and I couldn’t feel more at home.
For a very spacious space with great amenities, the price is very mucb affordable. Good views and great support staff to help out at anytime of the day.
Highly recommend Mezzino Student living, it’s furnished to a high standard and is in the heart of the student area. Has very helpful staff and it’s well run in the office.
I moved to Mayfair Court 3 years ago and we love it here. My apartment is spacious and enlightened by large windows facing Wilmslow road. Commons, including a flourishing inner garden are well kept. Staff are friendly and always there to help, and the community is diverse. Location is very convenient. There’s a bus stop at the foot of the building, a supermarket across the street, Bodey Medical Centre behind the supermarket, and plenty of restaurants and pubs around. I'm happy to call this place our home while in Manchester.
Searched for loads of student accommodation before I found this gem amongst the rest. Really nice sizeable apartments in a great student busy location. Would highly recommend Mezzino.
Millstone is a brilliant place to live, Ive just book for my 3rd year. The staff are kind and caring. I have love living at Millstone as it has given me independence and a bigger family.