Moving away from home can be tough – trust me, it sometimes gets tough trying to grow up in a span of 24 hours while getting used to being a student. Settling into university may not be one of the easiest things on earth but with some help and a tiny bit of help from fellow students, family and lecturers it’s actually not too bad. Let me give you a few tips that can help you throughout the process of the ultimate change of environment!
- If you’re going to live in halls – move in as soon as possible – this way you’re going to be able to get to know more people as during first days there are not that many other students moving in so people from different houses tend to meet up, integrate, go out to explore the town.
- Spend some time to make your room feel more homely – bring posters, pictures, your favourite pillow etc. when the assessment stress kicks in those little things help you relax for a moment and above all make it easier to settle into the new environment.
- If you find it difficult to settle in during the first few weeks – don’t worry, just talk to someone. Sometimes a simple facetime with your family can do so much good and make you feel a lot better. No matter what – if you don’t feel alright just don’t keep it in, speak up, talk about it – it’s going to help a lot!
- Sign up for societies – UCA has a huge range of clubs and societies through which you can meet amazing people passionate about the same stuff as you are. Societies can occupy your free time and therefore you won’t have a second to stress or feel lonely.
Moving away from home for the first time can be hard but it gets easier. After the first month university quickly starts feeling like a new home and the people surrounding you become your second family. After properly settling into your new uni life get ready to say goodbye to your home from home for the summer break – this part can sometimes be harder than settling into uni.