Heading off to university can be a daunting prospect for many reasons – it’s an exciting time, but also nerve-wracking for many students. That’s why it’s vital that you quickly settle into your new student accommodation.
Many first-year students will be moving into new student accommodation this autumn, meaning that they’ll be living away from home for potentially the first time, will have lots of new faces to get used to, and a whole new city to explore. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips to make sure that settling into your accommodation doesn’t have to be something to worry about.
“There are several steps that students can take to ensure that they settle quickly into their accommodation,” says Heriberto Cuanalo, the CEO of luxury accommodation provider Collegiate AC. “The first, of course, is to find the right accommodation – somewhere that students will feel safe, happy and have the peace to study.”
Knowing that you have accommodation lined up is vital, but it’s also essential that it becomes a home from home – these tips will help you settle in:
Prepare a list
There’s nothing quite as reassuring as knowing that you’ve prepared yourself for the big move to university. Whether you pack simply practical items, or plan to bring your favourite personal pieces, arriving with everything you need will ensure that you’re instantly more relaxed.
Don’t take more than you need to
Packing can be a nightmare, but unpacking can be even more stressful – especially in a totally new environment. That’s why it’s important not to overload and bring too much to your new student accommodation. Be aware that you may have a small room, so bring only what you need. You may move into a place that offers packs of goods, such as saucepans, cutlery and even bedding, which can make it easier to move to your new student accommodation.
Remember that you’re not the only student to arrive feeling nervous about the university experience. That’s why universities have Freshers’ Week – the first week of uni when first-years settle in for the year ahead.
There are lots of practical details to take care of, such as registering with a doctor, touring the library, meeting your tutors, etc., but also plenty of social events organised just for first-years. These can range from nights out to paintballing. It’s important to throw yourself into these events in order to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings and what’s on offer. Doing so will help you to feel connected with your new city faster.
It’s probably been a long time since you’ve had to make new friends, but having great accommodation can help. Get to know the people you live with to help your new home feel more comfortable, as well as going to events designed specifically to help you settle in. Making friends is essential in helping you feel right at home.
If you have good student accommodation, the whole of your new city should be on your doorstep, with shops, restaurants and nightlife nearby. As such, it’s a good idea to head out with no destination in mind and see what you find. Keep an eye out for everything you need, from your nearest postbox to the local bus stop. Familiarising yourself with your new area and getting to know its unique charms will make it feel more like home.
Cuanalo concludes: “Above all, remember that all the other freshers are in the same boat as you. It’s natural to feel both nervous and excited when you start a new chapter in your life. Use our top tips to ensure you settle in quickly and ditch those nerves. Then you can truly start to enjoy the university experience to the max.”