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Moving Away for University: Be Prepared!


suitcasesAs I wrote about in a previous post of mine on here a few months ago, the prospect of moving away from home for university is probably one of the most terrifying experiences that you will ever have to go through. As much as it is a scary experience, it is also one of the most exciting aspects of starting university life, and is the first step of you moving that bit closer to gaining independence. The feelings of nerves/excitement can sometimes lead you to forgetting the vital things you need to know to make the process of moving into your student accommodation as easy and carefree as possible. Follow these few tips, and hopefully your transition to living away from home will be an easy one:

1. Money, Money, Money:

It is an absolute must that you sort out your Student Finance before you move into your accommodation. Make sure that you have filled out and sent off your application form within plenty of time, definitely do not leave it till the last minute! Moving in and starting your Freshers week does not need to be ruined or made stressful by your finance having been completed later than was needed and causing your money to come in later than everyone else. Send off your application, get your parents or guardian to fill out what they need to do and send off any evidence that was needed so that your money will be ready and waiting for you come moving in day.

2. Lists Make The World Go Round:

I hate to say it, but you will have piles and piles and piles (it could go on, but I will leave it at three piles) of boxes, bags and suitcases of your belongings for things that you want to take with you to your new accommodation. Just so you don’t forget any mandatory items that you will miss desperately, my advice to you would be to make lists which you can use to check off things as you pack them. That way, you will (hopefully) be able to remember all it is that you need to take, and you will be organised when it comes to packing it all.

3. Time For Packing:

It really is not a wise idea for the job of packing all those necessities that you have organised in endless lists to be left to the last minute. You will have so much to do in terms of packing that it is never going to be done in a matter of hours, or days, sometimes even weeks for that matter. From my own personal experience, I started packing about a week before moving to my accommodation, and yet on the morning I moved to my home for my first year of university, I still found myself packing some last few bits. It is most definitely not recommended to leave it till a few days before, so get packing in good time so that you’re not frantically rushing around on moving day, particuarly if you’ve got a long journey ahead of you!

4. Get To Know Your New Home:

If you’re moving to a new town or city, it really goes without saying that you should research into the area you’re moving to. Find out where the nearest doctors surgeries, dentists and opticians are (you’ll never know when you may need them, and it’s probably best that you register with a doctor in case of emergencies), find out the closest supermarket, banks, as well as amenities. After all, you are going to need some time off from all of those studies!

To all of you reading this that are planning on moving away for the first time in September, then I wish you a happy, carefree and stress free transition into the first climb on the ladder of independence!


About the Author

Emily Peachey Emily Peachey

I am currently in my final year of studying a combined honours degree in English with Media & Cultural Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. My hope is to become a journalist and writer after university is over, as writing has always been a great passion of mine.

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