1) Student Loan:
A lot of people depend on their student loan to help pay for their rent, food, alcohol etc... Myself included. You're told months in advance that you need to get your student loan application done pretty quickly as it can take up to six weeks to process and find out how much you'll be getting overall in your year. Procrastinating (when in fact it's not to much of a long process) can really mess you up money wise when you start. I personally filled in my application form at the right time but there was still a bit of a kerfuffle as I didn't realise you wouldn't actually get paid on the day you thought as you'd have to enrol first. I enrolled in the middle of the week, so it took a while for my loan to actually come in. It was all so confusing and it meant I was living on a very small sum of my own personal money until I could finally stop refreshing my online banking and my loan was in! My Voucher Codes recently conducted a survey on student loans and found that 38% of students had trouble getting their loans on time, not to mention that some students had to wait up to sixth months, I'm not sure how I'd be able to cope if I were in that situation. It's always good to have a Plan B just incase everything doesn't quite go to plan.
2) Everyone is in the same boat:
This is something I heard as soon as I got to university, but it still took a while for it to sink in. I couldn't help but think I'd be the only one feeling nervous, when in fact everyone was in exactly the same boat. Nerves are a natural thing, so don't spend your time worrying about not making friends or that your new housemates won't like you. Everything will plan out fine in due course and the most you should be worrying about is whether you need to order that Topshop top for freshers in one or two colours.
This is one of the most important tips. It couldn't be more important to budget. I really had my ups and downs when it came to my own personal budgeting. I was the worst in my first term, we had an event in our shopping centre which was a student lock in (discounts on my dream shops such as Topshop and H&M) I didn't think about if I should have set myself a budget to spend and withdraw money, I went straight in for the kill and spent over £100 in Topshop, in fairness I'd wanted a pair of Joni Jeans for ages but I just practically blew my money in an instant without thinking. You'll make your university experience so much easier on yourself if you set yourself budgeting limits and in that case you won't be worrying about having to ask your parents to lend you money before your next loan drops.
4) You won't need as much as you think you will
My goodness, I wish I could go back and someone tell me this. I went in hard with my university shopping and most of it wasn't worth it. I think my brain forget I'd be around a shopping centre when I moved to uni, incase I forgot some vital things. Of course you don't want to seem unorganised and yes, there is quite a lot you need but over the course of the year you'll realise either everyone else in your flat has it and you're all sharing one or that you're packing up your kitchen things when you're moving out and realised you never used (and never were) going to need all the baking supplies you accumulated.
This one is a bit of a lie because all anyone ever said when they knew I was heading to uni was to "keep up to date with all my work but also have the best fun ever" looking back at some of my first year memories, there were many times when I stressed out over such little things. University is pretty stressful, but at the same time you'll never get an experience like it again. Problems occur and sadly you can't change everything, sometimes you've just got to take a couple of deep breathes and relax. University is very life changing for a lot of us, soak it all in and have the best time you could ever have.
Do you have any tips for anyone heading to university?