Moving Into University Accommodation
This is the time of year that many people start university. Starting university is a nerve-wracking time for anyone. Even if you have been looking forward to it for a long time, to suddenly find yourself about to start your course is enough to make anybody nervous. There is so much you have to consider, and in many ways it is like being tested in a number of ways about how well you will approach adulthood. Of course, it’s important to remember that nobody’s actually testing you (not on that, anyway!) and that the only important thing is to do what works for you as best as you can. Of all the challenges facing you here, one of the most vital to get right is accommodation. You need to ensure that you find somewhere you can be happy to live in, and that you get it right from day one.
The Value Of A Downsize
Most students find that they have to be picky about what they take to uni. This will especially be the case if you are living in halls, as chances are you will only have a small room to live in for the whole year. If you’re simply leaving the rest of your stuff at your parents’ house, then this is not too much of a concern – although even in that case you will have to make sure that you know what to take and what to leave behind! But in other circumstances, you might have to actually downsize how many items you own, and that is something which is at once enlightening and frightening. Fortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of those items – you might be able to store them in a secure storage unit for the time-being. However you do it, though, a downsize is useful.
If you are moving into halls, you’ll want to start off life in the right way by being social from day one. Many of us find it difficult to simply turn on a sociability switch, but it’s something that you will want to try and practice anyway if you hope to make friends. A simple trick to use is to keep your door open for that first day while you are getting on with unpacking your belongings. That will inevitably lead to one or two people knocking on your door to say hello, and before you know it you might well have made a few friends – maybe even for life. If you are moving into other accommodation such as a house share, you should make an extra special effort to get to know them well.
You should never leave yourself in a position where you can’t pay rent or your other bills – and if you are living with other people, this is a matter which could affect them as well. You will therefore want to make sure that you properly plan out your finances as best as you can, so that you don’t land yourself in any real trouble. You might find that this takes practice if you are not used to it, but it is the best time in your life to do that. Make the most of it, and you will be glad you did later on.