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Tips & Advice

Starting uni soon? Here's what to expect...

By TerSL 31 Jul 2017

Before you know it, you will have moved into your new house with your new friends and enjoying your new student status!

But just so you're not totally clueless when you first get to university, here are some handy tips...

  1. Unpack ASAP
    Before they leave, make the most of your Mum and Dad and get help getting your room together! Try to make it as cosy as possible so if you ever start to miss home - you'll have all your home comforts around you.
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  2. Make some friends!
    When you get to your flat, you'll meet some strangers who could end up being your best friends for life so get involved with what's going on and make some mates. Quite shy? Try to push yourself out your comfort zone, it'll be worth it. friends orange is the new black oitnb friendship GIF
  3. Participate in Welcome Week
    Your halls social team will have some cool activities (sports, games, gigs etc) happening at halls and the Union of Students will have stuff happening on campus. So check them out campus that you need to check out. 
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  4. Go to your Welcome Fair
    This is where you'll sign up to the societies at your university. There is something for everyone whether you've had a hobby for years, or want a new challenge. Welcome Fairs are always full of freebies too - so get yourself enough free pens to last the year!
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  5. Nosy around campus, and time yourself!
    See what your university has to offer on campus. Time how long it takes you from your flat to your lectures so you know when to set off too - try to do it before your lectures actually start to save you the awkward late moment!
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  6. Explore your new city
    Head into town with your new mates to see what it has to offer. Where is the best place to shop? What are the best restaurants? Google won't tell you everything - you need to get out and see for yourself.
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  7. Sign up to a gym
    There's a great gym at the Sports Centre in Derby or in Buxton you can try the Pavilion Gardens gym or the one at Harpur Hill. It's important to stay fit whilst at university so try to get your flatmates on board - that way you can all (try) motivate each other.
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  8. Take it easy!
    It's important to go on nights out and enjoy yourself, just don't party too hard - you'll feel it in the morning! Keep an eye on your money too, your loan has to last a good couple of months so don't blow it all during your first couple of weeks and end up calling mum/dad to bail you out!
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And remember... make the most of your time and enjoy yourself!

TerSL

TerSL is Teresa. She works for Derby Student Living and likes foreign travel, Spanish food and walking her dog Archie in the Peak District.
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