Settling into University as a first year student


After one month at university, students will have already learnt a great deal about themselves by having to adjust to a completely new way of living. There are so many factors to consider when starting university, a few examples being managing your finances, making new friends and gaining independence for the first time. Some may find the transition easier than others, and so here are some tips for struggling students to ease into this exciting new chapter of their lives!

Managing finances

One of the biggest challenges students face when starting university is managing their finances. Budgeting is not only a skill for university, but a skill for life too and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply work out how much money you can spend each week from your student finance/income/savings, and then divide into different areas, such as food, gym etc. This will ensure you don’t overspend your weekly allowance. Looking for small ways to save money will make a huge difference, such as going to cheaper shops like Aldi and Lidl or keep an eye out for deals! Always check if a place has student discounts (bring your student ID to the Old Fire Station for discounts!).

Adjusting to a new life

Moving to university is a huge adjustment and there are going to be lows as well as highs. Feelings of loneliness and homesickness are normal, especially in the first few weeks. It can feel like you’re the only person feeling this way, however it’s likely a lot of people are in the same boat. One tip for those struggling is to ring home. Speaking to others is also helpful because it’s a reminder that these feelings are very common. Additionally, putting pictures from home in your university room might make it feel more homely and comforting.

New opportunities

One of the most exciting parts of university for many students is exploring a new place. Bournemouth has so much to do and there is something for everyone, whether you like being outdoors and surfing (Join the BU surf club!) or reading books (Join the BU book club!). Another huge part of university is meeting new people. Although some students might enjoy this, others might find it overwhelming. If you find this daunting, remember everyone is in the same position and being pushed out of your comfort zone isn’t a bad thing!

When adjusting to life at university, it is important to find a balance. Although it’s great to say yes to opportunities, keep in mind that it’s also ok to say no if you need to! Despite freshers being over, there are still plenty of events for the upcoming months – keep an eye out for SUBU announcements and Old Fire Station events. Going out is a great way to have fun and make new friends, however sometimes you may want to have a chilled night in watching Netflix, you just need to find a happy balance!


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