The degree bit
Don’t forget to do all the stuff like go to the induction of your course, meet other people and your tutors. Find out where your lectures and seminars are going to take place. You know, err the important stuff. You will also need to sign on for your degree to get that all-important students loans. Wear comfy shoes. You will be queuing a lot.
Find out where your student’s union is and go to the Freshers Fayre. Not only will you get lots of freebies and discounts. You will no doubt sign up to the odd club or two, which most often or not you won’t then attend all year. It’s a good way to find out what’s going on for the rest of the year.
Most often or not, you will have moved into a hall of residence. Just enjoy your Freshers Week and all go out together. Whether you are at a campus university or in the city, there will be things to do every night. Just don’t get to know your housemates too well during Freshers Week. You have to live with them all year!
Money, Money, Money
The first time I ever saw my student loan rest in my account, I felt rich. It’s amazing how quickly that goes! Rent, travel, lots of stuff which you might not have ever had to think about. Suddenly you are responsible for all of these outgoings. The rise of student loans and maintenance loans has meant that suddenly you are faced with a whole world of debt. However, check to see what bursaries or hardship loans your university offers. Get a part-time job if you need to.
If you think you might struggle, lots of students unions Lots of students unions have offering part-time work. Some Universities have rules about working during the academic year – some will insist you work no more than 15 hours a week so that you have time to commit to your course. Take it from someone who was always putting in extra shifts behind the Students Union bar to get more money, these guidelines are definitely in your best interest. I worked in the student union bar, worked during freshers week giving out NUS cards, trained how to do note-taking for deaf people at lectures, worked during graduation giving out gowns. All to get me through the academic year. Just don’t forget the studying part!
Discounts and offers
The one thing you should take advantage of is student offers! From pizza places to getting a new laptop, shop around for the best deals.
Prime Student gives students all the great benefits of Prime with a 6-month trial and then £39 a year (50% off regular Prime), including:
- Unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items
- Streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video
- Exclusive student offers including 10% off textbooks from Amazon
- Over 2 million songs on Prime Music
The Student Room (TSR) is the UK’s biggest and most popular education website, used by over 70% of all students every year. Packed with lots of advice, community discussions, it is a great way to chat to other people also studying at University.
Student Beans is a youth media brand. Every day they serve content hubs for articles, offers, jobs and more – all curated, especially for the student market. It is also fantastic for student offers. Go and have a look!
By now you might already have one of these. If not get a 16-25 railcard through the link with Studentbeans.com. It will save you hundreds of pounds traveling over the course of your student lifetime.
Get an NUS Card immediately. It gets you into the Students Union and you will be eligible for all sorts of discounts. Get 20% of National Express (great for getting home), 25% off ODEON tickets, 40% off Pizza Express.