8 things to know about university

So it may be that time of the year when you’re deep in exams and stressed out to the max about the thought of what university you’ll be going to and what it will be like. Like I had this whole image in my head about university and it was pretty much based on american tv shows, so you can imagine my disappointment when I realised frat parties and sororities weren’t really a thing. So here are 8 things to get you ready for university:

You’re going to be referencing A LOT

This is a word every student hates hearing. It is the devil of words and means you’ll be spending 70% of your essay time referencing. Referencing is a BIG part of university; more than it ever has been. Your grades rely heavily on the quality of your referencing so I wouldn’t rush it even though it is increeeeeedibly boring.

You’re going to have no money 

Starting university is going to bring in a lot of extra costs; varying from study books, to rent, to bills, to the retail therapy you’re going to need if you leave all your work to the last minute (pfft who even does that now, right). So unless you’re planning on living off biscuits and tinned food; you’re more than likely to have to get a job.

You’ll be living without parents (probably) 

You’re probably thinking waaheeeey finally!! but it’s a lot harder than we all imagine. Like who’s doing my laundry? Who’s doing all the food shopping? Is ANYONE going to wake me up when I snooze my alarm ten times???? This gets a lot easier a few weeks in when you start becoming more independent and comfortable, but the freedom is amazing.

Your friends ‘for life’ may not be the same ones you met in freshers 

Obviously, freshers is there for you to make some new friends, as well as getting so drunk that you won’t remember anything; but don’t feel like you have to stay with the friends you made that week for the rest of your life at uni. You won’t get on with everyone and you’ll meet new people in lessons and societies etc.

You will question whether to quit

Some time in your uni experience you will get to that point of ‘I can’t do this’ and it happens to almost everyone. You will want to quit and live life on the edge, but it’s likely to just be homesickness (which is perfectly fine; it happens to the best of us). Sometimes it’s just the fact that you have to pay for printing even though you’re spending £9000 on your course. If you don’t like your course, you have the option to change it and if you’re really not feeling university after a couple months then maybe it’s not for you, but it doesn’t mean there are no other options.

You’ll realise boys AND GIRLS are sometimes horrible to live with

I feel like everyone thinks it’s just boys that are disgusting to share a flat with (I used to) but to be honest, I’ve met a few girls who obviously have never heard about cleanliness. There have been times where I’ve not even been able to go to the kitchen because it was so dirty. Maybe I have high standards but who really wants to live like a pig?? haha

You can wear pyjamas EVERYWHERE

No joke. One of the best things about uni is that you can where whatever you want. There is no ‘popularity’ at uni like there is at school; people honestly don’t care what you are wearing because, more often than not, they also want to wear comfy clothes to lectures. Plus it makes it a lot easier to wake up 10 minutes before your lecture starts when you don’t have to plan an outfit.

Unidays will become your bestfriends 

You’re going to need student discount more than ever because everything and I mean EVERYTHING is expensive. For example, did you know that shampoo and conditioner can cost like £5 each; sorry???? I would use student discount on everything that you can; you’ll get some great deals on that and it would really help with budgeting if you’re obsessed with buying clothes.


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