*University Advice

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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It's that time of the year when university students are coming to the end of heir first term at university which makes me feel incredibly old as I still remember the end of my first term, mainly because it was the day I got my first tattoo! I can't believe that I graduated from university over five years ago now and I genuinely miss university, although I could have done without the presentations and public speaking! Today's post features some of my advice and tips for freshers and those considering university next year.

Don't Leave Essays or Revision Until The Last Minute
This one might seem very simple but it's something so many students forget! Sure, most people don't want to revise or write 3000 word essays but it's always best to at least start your essay more than a few days before the deadline as it reduces so much stress. The start of an essay, in my experience, is always the most difficult part so just starting it in good time will be useful!

Utilise The Resources Available 
Tying into the previous point, utilising university resources can definitely help and help you save money in the process. Don't spend money on expensive academic books, use the library and it's catalog as well as their access to online journals, which is what I did. I only bought one or two books during my three years at university as I relied far more on the library and online journals for all of my essays and exams. Additionally, your university should have some kind of career, finance or general advice centre or contact that you can get in touch with. University is very expensive so you might as well use any many of their resources as you need.

Rent Wisely & Do Your Research 
Lastly, if you are going to be entering student housing and renting then there are lots of points to consider, not just the location and your finances but also the fine print, the facilities available, how long you will be renting for and more of the legal side of renting, all of which is important to be aware of.

I've heard so many horror stories of renting situations, especially with university students, so you might want to not share with other students. My sister personally had such an awful time renting for the second year of her degree and it was mainly related to the inconsiderate students in the property as well as the building itself which wasn't as well maintained as it should have been.

Thoroughly searching for a property that meets your expectations is just one step in the renting process. There are other, more legal aspects to renting for example you need to make sure that your landlord has permission to let that property, if they have landlord insurance and you need to know your responsibilities to your landlord. For the latter point, both yourself and your landlord have responsibilities towards each other; for the tenant you need to look after the property and inform the landlord of problems, issues that need to be fixed and minimise anti-social behaviour. However, the landlord also has responsibilities including maintaining the property, installing smoke alarms, carry out repairs etc.

Do you have any advice for university students? Do you have any experience of renting? If so, do you have and tips or advice? 

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15 comments

  1. Great advice. I didn't go to Uni but desperately wish I did, it's my biggest regret.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  2. Such amazing tips here my lovely!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  3. These are some great tips! I finished Uni 8 years ago already!

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  4. Some great tips for the uni students out there x

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  5. Really important tips. Luckily I lived at home so didn't have to worry about rent.

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  6. I definitely agree with not leaving assignments to the last minute. I never did as I was never the person who would be able to cope with completing an assignment days before the deadline. I'd cry! lol
    I posted some uni tips, but they're based on studying Psychology:

    https://alimapsych.blogspot.com/

    xx

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  7. I wish there had been more advice on renting when I was a student and was in a house share, we had a right slum lord x

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  8. Uni was soo long ago haha but definitely good tips!

    Joyce | http://www.joycelauofficial.com/

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  9. Great post and tips, I am thinking of going back so this is super helpful x

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  10. You’ve included some brilliant pieces of advice here

    littlemissmelanie.com

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  11. My advice is to speak to the year above, they have JUST done what you are doing, they know what you are going through and will give you hints and tips to help! Speaking to the 2nd year Midwives was SO helpful for us!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  12. Great tips! But my biggest one would be not to be afraid to talk to someone if you're struggling with something x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  13. Don't buy the first place you view! Me and my flatmates did and although it was close to the campus we were paying so much more than everyone else!

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  14. I never went to uni, but if I did I can imagine I would have left everything to the last minute - which really isn't ideal!!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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