Tuesday 10-09-2019 - 12:03
So your uni journey is about to begin. This can be an exciting but daunting time, especially if this is your first time living away from home. Here's a quick guide on how to be best prepared for this experience and some top tips for settling in.
Tips for settling in
- Knock on your neighbour’s door and introduce yourself. You’re both in the same situation so there’s no need to be nervous.
- Go into the kitchen as you’re bound to bump into your new flatmates. You might’ve found them on a Facebook group before arriving, or perhaps you’re meeting them for the first time today. Either way, start a conversation or tell them a bit about yourself.
- Try to meet the people in the neighbouring flats in your block. You’ll be neighbours for the entire year so it pays to be good friends.
- Check out where the nearest shops and pubs are. You’ll be visiting them a lot.
- Nightlife in Intro Week can feel overwhelming. If you’re not much of a party animal, there’s plenty of events going on during the week such as the SU Give it a Go events. There's also Activities Fair to help you find out more about joining a society... and trust me, there’s a society for everything!
- If you’re interested in joining a sports team, many of the teams are around to meet during Intro Week. Take a look at their Facebook pages for this information – you don’t want to miss out on being part of a uni team if sport is your thing!
Important things to bring
- Door stop – great way to meet your flat whilst unpacking
- Speaker – perfect for parties or podcasts
- A pack of cards - another great way to get to know your new housemates
- Home comforts – e.g. slippers and pillows
- Things to personalise your room – e.g. posters, fairy lights and photos
Things I wished I brought
- A lamp - the lighting in my halls was very bright and harsh. I recommend bringing your own lamps to make your room more homely and cosy.
- A shower curtain - it’ll make your shower feel more clean and fresh.
- Slippers or flipflops - the kitchen and hall floors can get a bit grubby.