As some of you know, I moved away to Southampton recently to start my course at university. I moved into my student accommodation on the 16th and my course started on the 18th for induction/fresher’s week.
After being here for a few weeks now, I thought I’d put together a list of some tips for you guys, enjoy!
1. Do your research. Find out the cheapest accommodation for what you’re looking for, check out what your new town/city has to offer you, is there anything in particular you want to be close to? For example, Night life, train stations, shops. Don’t just go with the first accommodation you see. For me, the university halls were £134 p/w which included an en-suite. However, a uni affiliated company called Liberty Living, charge way less (£119 p/w) and I get more for my money – newly refurbished building, en-suite, double bed, sharing with only 4 people – unlike the uni halls which is about 10.
2. Before you move to your accommodation, try and connect with your new flatmate(s) via social media. For me, this really helped with any nerves I had because I already had an idea of who I was going to be sharing a kitchen with.
3. Bring all your school certificates, any documentation, letters, etc. with you because at some point you’ll need them. To confirm your place at most university’s, you will need to provide evidence to show you have the required GCSE grades to enroll on your course.
4. Sort through your clothes and belongings prior to packing, do you really need to take those green trousers you’ve only worn once? Are you taking your whole book collection? What about when you move out of your accommodation after the first year? How will you move everything?
5. Vitamins will save you. Buy some multivitamins with iron because induction week and freshers will be exhausting and as soon as you’re run down, fresher’s flu will get you. Trust me, it got me.
6. Don’t go too crazy buying all the utensils in the world. Get the very basics, get to your accommodation and see how much cupboard space you’ve got. The less you have to pack the better.
7. Don’t buy the fresher’s wristband unless you’re a real social butterfly. There are huge amounts of events going on around Fresher’s and the wristband usually gets you into all of them. So far I’ve been to 1 event that I actually bought tickets for and it sucked. The clubs will always be there, so you don’t want to have to feel like you have to go out every night because you bought some expensive band and need to earn your money back. That said, if you want to go to just the main events, it might be a cheaper option for you – research it. It might be worth waiting and seeing what your course/flat mates are going to.
8. Keep busy but don’t be afraid to take time out for yourself to just breathe. It will seem strange at first to be away from home but give it a few days and you’ll be fine.
9. Uber will be your friend. I’d never taken an Uber before coming to Southampton but I have to say, on those days where it’s a little too wet/windy to walk to the club or you’re coming back late, Uber is ideal. You can prepay on the app and it’s usually there pretty quick. (Also, UberEats. You can order McDonalds. You’re welcome.)
So that’s it for now guys, if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments.