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How to settle in during your first week at uni

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So you’ve arrived. There are lots of other people that you don’t know and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed – what should you try and get sorted in your first week at uni?

1. Explore friendships

If you’re staying in halls then you’re pretty lucky, your new house comes with a set of new friends included. Try to keep an open mind, people can come off differently when they’re nervous and everyone is bound to be feeling as scared as you are. So take time to get to know the people around you, ask where they’re from, what they’re doing and what they like doing. You might even find someone else on your course that you can buddy up with, and that’d be a bonus.

2. Sketch out a weekly budget

In fresher’s week it’d be very easy to throw caution to the wind and party down until there was nothing left in your bank account, but that’s probably not the best plan. You’re not in debt yet, so you’re in a good position to have a quiet sit down and work out how much you can afford to be spending each week. How much is coming in and how much have you got to spend on books, food, social life, clothes and transport? A rough figure can help prevent you becoming penniless by Christmas.

3. Sort out your washing

It sounds dreary, but you’ll thank yourself if you sort it out as soon as possible. First off, does your house have a washing machine? If yes, get some housemates together and try to work out how to use it and buy in all the essentials – washing powder and conditioner. If not, then you need to look for the nearest, cheapest laundrette.

4. Do a food shop

In your first week it’ll help set yourself up if you buy in all the essentials, and if you’re sharing a living space, work out how you’re going to do things. Are you going to keep a joint kitty for things like milk and bread? Or is it each man for himself?

5. Register with your course

Probably the most essential thing – use this time to get everything sorted with your course, register, make payments, set up your email, register for an NUS discount card and anything else that you’ll need once lectures begin.

6. Locate your lecture halls

Where are your lectures taking place? Do you know how to get there? There might be special  student discounts on public transport, so around and find the cheapest way.

7. Check out your surroundings

It’s time to explore, do you know where the local gym is? Food shop? Bus stop? Pub? Exploring your surroundings will help you to feel more at home.

8. Organise your room

It probably won’t stay this neat but your first week at uni is your chance to set yourself up for the rest of the year. Think of somewhere to store your clothes, books, music and whatever else you might have. This first week is your chance to nest and settle in before the hard work begins, so make the most of it.

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