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i live in london and all the unis im applying for are here or close (rhul)
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Really consider whether it's worth commuting. You may find yourself with 9am starts, 6pm finishes and awkward breaks, where living on campus would make your day much easier, especially if your commute will be 1+ hours.
If you are set on commuting, just generally make sure you always know your timetables and regularly check for closures. Keep an eye out for familiar faces, you'll probably find someone doing part of your journey into Uni and it'll be nicer to have a friendly face on the journey.
Spend plenty of time on campus during Fresher's week, going to events and meeting people. Flatmates are generally where people start grouping together for the first few weeks, and you won't have that so get yourself stuck in and be forward with people.
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Hi.

I live in Birmingham, and I'm applying for universities fairly close to home as well. My tips would be to organise your working environment. So, for example, if you have a decent working space in your room, make sure to keep it tidy for your books and equipment.

If you know you're one of those people who can't study or concentrate well at home, then devise a schedule to study elsewhere like at your university or at a library. Be more open to opportunities, so don't just go straight home after your lectures. Explore a bit when you're there and take advantage of different societies and talk to more people.

My main tip would to try not to spend more time at home. This is the part of your education where you get to develop and create yourself as an individual. By socialising more with people the same age as you, or people who take the same course, you can have a better understanding of the world and people in general. But do make sure to set aside time for your family. I think that's the fault in some people when they go to university. It's like their family gets left behind because they're so amazed at what uni life is like as a student and all the freedom they possess.

Try getting a mixture of everything, but most of all? Have a good time. Laugh like crazy, go out more to things you wouldn't normally, talk to anyone and everyone, smile more, just be more happy, really. It'll be an amazing experience overall at university. It's not just the things they offer, but like they say, it's what you make of it.

Good luck with the university offers, and I hope you get into the ones you really want.

Take care!

- Jenny
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Hi.

I live in Birmingham, and I'm applying for universities fairly close to home as well. My tips would be to organise your working environment. So, for example, if you have a decent working space in your room, make sure to keep it tidy for your books and equipment.

If you know you're one of those people who can't study or concentrate well at home, then devise a schedule to study elsewhere like at your university or at a library. Be more open to opportunities, so don't just go straight home after your lectures. Explore a bit when you're there and take advantage of different societies and talk to more people.

My main tip would to try not to spend more time at home. This is the part of your education where you get to develop and create yourself as an individual. By socialising more with people the same age as you, or people who take the same course, you can have a better understanding of the world and people in general. But do make sure to set aside time for your family. I think that's the fault in some people when they go to university. It's like their family gets left behind because they're so amazed at what uni life is like as a student and all the freedom they possess.

Try getting a mixture of everything, but most of all? Have a good time. Laugh like crazy, go out more to things you wouldn't normally, talk to anyone and everyone, smile more, just be more happy, really. It'll be an amazing experience overall at university. It's not just the things they offer, but like they say, it's what you make of it.

Good luck with the university offers, and I hope you get into the ones you really want.

Take care!

- Jenny
Thank you so so so much. You too! x
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Hi!

I live in NYC, going to school in London this September, so I know about commuting all too well.

Number 1, I'd suggest starting registration as early as possible to make sure you get everything you want at the time you want! Then you can allot for travel time.

But most importantly, and unfortunately the bitter truth, you just have to do it! If it's really where you want to be, you just have to make sure everything of yours is ready to go the night before, keep well organized and just get up early.

Hope it works out!
Alexa
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