All You Need To Know About Moving To University

It’s finally time. It’s FINALLY time for you to spread your wings and leave your parents nest!

How does it feel? Great? Fantastic? The best period of your life? 

Or, maybe you’re sitting on the opposite end of the scale, feeling anxious, nervous and worried about what’s to come…if so, we understand and are here to help you through this!

Grab a cuppa, turn off your pesky social media notifications and take your time to read our guide on everything you need to know about moving to university! You’re in for a treat – we promise.

1. You’re going to need accommodation

white bedding on bed in student accommodation

Of course this one only applies to you if you’re moving away from home! But you will need somewhere to live. 

Student accommodation is actually so fun when you come to think of it. You’re literally living with people who will most likely be your besties for years to come! Like seriously, who wouldn’t want that?!

Not to brag but we sure do know what we’re talking about when it comes to student accommodation! 

We have over 130 properties for you to choose from within the UK, all of high spec and exceptional quality…

So, if you’re still looking, make sure to check out our locations page ‘cos you’re bound to find one you’ll love and trust!

2. Get used to cleaning up after yourself

spray cleaning for moving to university

It may seem like all fun and games living away from home but in those first few weeks, you’re going to come to realise you won’t have a fairy godmother cleaning up after your every move (heartbroken </3). 

It’s kinda like a revelation, you’ll come home from university halls and realise just how much your parents actually do in regards to cleaning, hoovering and mopping. It’s a never ending cycle!

In all seriousness, you don’t want to be ‘that’ flatmate that’s known as the gross one. Nah ah. We won’t let you – so make sure you top yourself up on essentials such as fairy liquid, surface sprays and dust cloths!

3. You’re best preparing some staple, simple recipes

simple recipe for students to make in their university accommodation

Don’t be an Uber eats and Deliveroo slob – you’re better than that!

There’s nothing more comforting than coming back to your flat and rustling up your favourite meal on the hob. 

If you can master the essential recipe then you’ll deffo impress all your new flatmates. 

We’re not going to expect you to be Masterchef worthy, but knowing the old spag bol and fajita recipe by heart will ensure you’re getting all the veg and vitamins you need for a healthy diet!

4. Money will either be your best friend or your worst nightmare…

pink pig full of money to spend whilst in uni

Money money and bloomin money. It’s all anyone ever goes on about these days. Especially whilst you’re in uni, prepare to be surrounded by money talks ALLLLL the time.

You’ll encounter a complete range of students when moving to university, from those who splash out their student loans in under one week, to the frugal spenders who budget consistently.

It’s a difficult one and that’s why it’s not uncommon for students to look for a part time job to manage their cash. 

If you think this would be up your street, we advise to deffo get searching for vacancies before you leave home! There might be a few which tickle your fancy, so get searching on the likes of Indeed and LinkedIn Jobs.

5. How would we make mates without Social Media?!

moving to university with a laptop and phone

Not to be a Debbie downer but we’ve literally just lived through a pandemic where we could only leave our house for essential trips…like seriously, who actually thought this would happen in our lifetime? Certainly not us!

It kinda makes you think though, imagine if we didn’t have the internet and social media over the past year?…what would we have done?

We’re not sure about you, but we spent our lives constantly scrolling, on zoom quizzes and watching Netflix! 

That’s why we need to realise the power of social media – especially when moving to university and making friends.

Once you accept your accommodation and receive your flat number, you’re most likely going to be given a few online groups to which you can access and find those you’re living with. 

From here you’ll be able to socialise with others and begin sparking conversations. You’re all in the same situation so it won’t be difficult to find a common ground with what to speak about!

6. Prepare To Pack

suitcases ready for moving to university

Right here us out but do you know the saying…

‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’

Basically suggesting that if you don’t prepare for something, you’re destined to fail in what you were doing? Well, that’s kinda like packing for uni, except it’s not that deep

Preparing to pack is essential for making sure your time at uni is as cosy as possible. Family members will urge you to start making a list ASAP to ensure you have everything you could possibly need!

Personal items such as your mobile phone are things you probably won’t forget when it comes down to it – but we’re talking like the long boring stuff such as hangers and a desk lamp.

From the extent of our time in the student accommodation business, we have come to realise there are two types of students when it comes to packing.

1 – Buys and packs everything before moving into their student accommodation. They most likely have a car packed full, from the boot all the way to the overhead storage box.

2 – Pack the bare essentials such as clothes and shoes. They’re most likely going to have quite an easy ride with more space to relax in the car. Then, once they get to their accommodation, they’ll head straight out into town and buy absolutely everything they need.

Now, most students will slot into #1 however it’s totally okay to feel like you want to be #2. It all still comes down to making a thorough checklist and sticking to it.

7. One of the main questions…how are you going to get there?

roads with buildings for transport

Car? Train? Boat? Plane? 

The world’s your oyster when it comes to transport you just have to make sure you know all the deets.

Don’t leave it to the last minute to sort out your transport, get in touch with your family members, friends or even the taxi man to organise a lift ASAP. 

8. Lastly…Enjoy It!

people in common room laughing and having fun

Your first year of university is honestly going to be one of the best experiences of your life – so enjoy it! You have things such as freshers week, inductions and 

Please don’t feel like you’re alone if you’re feeling any sort of overwhelming or anxious feelings…you’re literally moving to university and leaving your childhood home!

If you’re worried about feeling homesick in your new accommodation, there is lots of support out there for you to utilise to make your journey as stress-free as possible!

We hope you enjoyed our rundown of everything you need to know before moving to university! Obvs A Level results day is right around the corner and if you’re still feeling unsure about the details of what actually happens once you’ve opened your results then, you NEED to read our blog here.

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