Get ready to start your new life away from home

Now you’ve been accepted to university, it’s time to start making preparations to start your new life.

From registering with a doctor to getting a jump start on your studies– some planning in advance, rather than leaving everything to the last minute, can help the move run as smoothly as possible.

If, like most students, you are likely to spend more weeks of the year at your university address than your family’s address, you need to register with a GP near your new home as soon as possible.

Many universities will have a health centre on campus and that is likely to be the most convenient. 

The doctors working there will be experienced in the health needs of students.

Students are normally encouraged to register with the GP during Freshers’ Week.

It’s advised that you get yourself kitted out before arriving at university but it’ll be easy enough to sort a few bits and pieces once you’re there.

After arriving at your accommodation for the first time and meeting you flat or housemates, then it’s recommended that you get yourself unpacked early.

Once university life is in full swing you will no doubt be too busy.

You will want to make your new home as comfortable as possible from the get-go. 

This will also help with any homesickness.

Buy some chocolate, biscuits or sweets when you arrive and share them with your new flatmates as a good way to start talking to people on your first day.

Getting to know your surroundings should be next on the list.

Check where the nearest shops are, wander around the student’s union, find out where all of your lecturers and seminars are taking place.

You could team up with a flat mate which will help you bond as you explore your new town or city.

There will probably be guided tours of your campus so take advantage of these - even if you don’t think you will need it, you will be grateful the day a lecture gets moved at the last minute to a building you’ve never been to before.

Another way to get ahead is to check the reading list for your course which universities tend to put online before the term begins or they will send you the details via email.

This will give you an idea of what to expect from your workload, and making a start on reading will help build your confidence for lectures.

You don’t need to own every book on the list – identify the core texts and buy these.

Any others you need will be available to borrow from your university library or to buy from former students for a fraction of their original retail price.

Another thing to consider is transport.

It’s not always necessary to take a car to university and parking is often limited and costly.

If everything is within walking distance or accessible by public transport then you may be better leaving the car at home.

A 16-25 railcard, taking a third off the price of all train fares, could save you some serious cash.

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