Starting university can be a daunting experience but being prepared for what’s to come is the key to making your first year at university run as smooth as possible. From purchasing the right supplies, to learning how to budget your money, and finding the right student accommodation – it is all about knowing what to expect.
To make sure you are prepared for your first year of university, we have curated a list of all you need to know:
Choosing the Right Student Accommodation
Deciding where you want to live while completing your studies is a tough call to make – especially if it is your first time living away from home. This is why it its important to do your research beforehand. Consider the location, facilities, safety and security, and the social aspect of the accommodation you will be living int.
At Be.Accommodation, it is our mission to provide Sydney students with the greatest place to live whilst undergoing their studies. We have curated a safe and inclusive environment for all our residents and provide a comfortable place for students to live while completing their degree.
Gather the Essentials
When moving out of home it can be tempting to purchase every home appliance there is – however, think about if you really need it. Most shared student accommodation will provide the basics, such as a toaster, kettle, stove, microwave, washing machines, and furniture, so before you stock up, find out what is already available.
If you are unsure what you need to purchase, check out your room and common area features to see what your accommodation already provides. Your university should also provide you with a checklist of all you need when beginning your studies. If not, check out our list of five items all students must have before heading to university.
Learn to Budget
Living away from home often comes at a cost – and even with the various student discounts, the price of living can still add up. So, it is crucial to budget your money to ensure you can afford day to day luxuries (as well as a bit of spending money to have fun!). Put aside money each week for any bills, such as your student accommodation, and for the usual cost of groceries.
Social media is a fantastic way to make sure you’re in the loop about your chosen university. Once you have found the official university pages, you’ll be able to find out everything about orientation dates, tickets for events, and advice on essential university preparation.
You can also join social media groups for your chosen degree, where fellow students can ask questions, and offer help throughout the course. This is also a great way to meet like-minded people who are completing the same degree as you.
Consider a Part-time Job
If you think you may struggle making ends meet even with a strict budget, it may be worth while finding a part-time job. Not only will this help you with your finances, the work experience, and skills you’ll gain will be beneficial to your resume – especially if it is related to your course.
From retail and hospitality work, to internships, there are many options that will allow you to work around your studies.
At Be.Accommodation, your trusted student accommodation near UNSW, we want to ensure our residents are equipped with all that they need to start their first year of university. Contact us on 61 9167 9356 for more information.