1) Do some research into both the course and the university that you’re applying for.
This is a step that I didn’t put much thought into. I got lucky with the university I chose, but the course wasn’t for me at all. I’d recommend going to an open day and asking loads and loads of questions. This is your future (and quite an expensive one), so make sure that it’s exactly what you want to do. Remember that your course will be taught differently at so many universities so find one that suits you.
2) Use the first week to make as many friends as possible.
That first week is crucial. Don’t just stick to the first person you meet at the door of your accommodation. Make friends everywhere and anywhere. It takes a few weeks (sometimes a few months) for you to actually get to know someone and figure out if you’re going to be good friends or not – so give people a chance.
3) Don’t bother buying everything.
That week before university starts people tend to go crazy in Ikea. I did it and looking back I wasted a lot of money on things I didn’t actually need. Remember that you’ll most likely be sharing a flat with a few people and together you’ll almost definitely have everything you need. If not, you can all chip in a bit of money to go buy whatever you don’t have. So much more cost effective. This includes text books! They’re so expensive and most of the time you don’t even use them that much. For the last two years my friend and I shared our text books and it worked just fine.
4) “Freshers Fat” is real and it’s mean..
I got fat in first year. Most of my friends got fat in first year. I had to spend all of the following summer losing said weight. It was horrible.
5) Don’t get too drunk in your first week.
Firstly, it’s not safe. Especially when you’re going out with people you don’t really know that well. What happens if they don’t look after you? You can easily get yourself into a messy situation. Secondly, you don’t want to be known as “the one who did that really embarrassing thing on the first night” for the rest of your time at university. Just saying..
6) Don’t forget about your home friends.
It’s so fun meeting new people at university and making new memories with different people. But don’t forget about those friends you had before you moved away. Keep in touch with them and make every effort to see them whenever you come back home.
7) This is the best time of your life.
Have fun and enjoy it, because it’s over way too fast. Do silly things that you can laugh about years to come afterwards. We once set my friend’s armpit hair on fire because waxing wasn’t working (don’t worry, no permanent damage was done to his armpits) and it still makes me laugh today.