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    Pretty much what the title says; I'd like some advice on what sort of things I need to square away before I start the course I'm on (software engineering). When I did my Access course it was relatively simple: -
    1) Get 24+ Loan
    2) Sign some forms at the college
    3) Take writing pads/pens
    And that's it, all I had to do was turn up and do the work.

    Now university is going to an order of magintude more difficult so to anyone reading this already in uni, what's your day to day routine? What is essential to take and what is optional? How did you prepare a study routine? How does one prepare for uni in general? What was the most unexpected thing you discovered once you started attending uni?
    Oh yeah and I'll be doing a Software Engineering course so will I need to take my laptop with me?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Pretty much what the title says; I'd like some advice on what sort of things I need to square away before I start the course I'm on (software engineering). When I did my Access course it was relatively simple: -
    1) Get 24+ Loan
    2) Sign some forms at the college
    3) Take writing pads/pens
    And that's it, all I had to do was turn up and do the work.

    Now university is going to an order of magintude more difficult so to anyone reading this already in uni, what's your day to day routine? What is essential to take and what is optional? How did you prepare a study routine? How does one prepare for uni in general? What was the most unexpected thing you discovered once you started attending uni?
    Oh yeah and I'll be doing a Software Engineering course so will I need to take my laptop with me?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    I disagree, it should not be a magnitude of difficulty to prepare for university.


    1)Since you said what course you are doing I can assume you already have your place, so no need to mention UCAS?
    2)Apply for student finance tuition fee loan and maintenance loan.
    3)Apply for a student bank account (shop around to see which is best for you). These come in handy in between student finance payments and for emergency money as they have interest and fee free overdrafts.
    4)If moving away from where you live currency apply for student accommodation or private housing.
    5)Put together a budget plan for the whole year which included: rent, bills, food, transport ect. And make sure you have enough money to cover the whole year.


    That's about all the preparation you'll definitely need.

    As for what to take. I'm assuming from that question you'll be moving out from home and going to accommodation. But well you'll obviously need to clothes and shoes, a bag and some stationary. After that home essentials such as bedding and kitchenware and towels. Anything else is optional. But you can buy all that stuff wherever you are going so you don't have to haul it across the country. Shop around for the best deals and prices and don't just buy the first or most expensive thing you see.

    As for stuff to take to lectures. This is entirely down to what you prefer. Some people prefer a good old pen and paper, others a laptop, some use Ipads or similar devices. I personally use a chromebook.


    Yes I recommend taking your laptop with you to university if you are moving there, saves you having to go to the library any time you need to do any work or research.

    Everyone's day to day schedule will vary massively per uni and course. Some will have a lot more contact time than others and a lot more coursework than others.

    Study routine is different for everyone, so do what works best for you. My one piece of advice though is start coursework the day you get it, even 3 years into my course I still see people leaving a piece of coursework til 2 days before it's due.
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    (Original post by BritishBlu£)
    Pretty much what the title says; I'd like some advice on what sort of things I need to square away before I start the course I'm on (software engineering). When I did my Access course it was relatively simple: -
    1) Get 24+ Loan
    2) Sign some forms at the college
    3) Take writing pads/pens
    And that's it, all I had to do was turn up and do the work.

    Now university is going to an order of magintude more difficult so to anyone reading this already in uni, what's your day to day routine? What is essential to take and what is optional? How did you prepare a study routine? How does one prepare for uni in general? What was the most unexpected thing you discovered once you started attending uni?
    Oh yeah and I'll be doing a Software Engineering course so will I need to take my laptop with me?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Hmm, interesting questions - I'll try my best to provide some insight.
    I've just finished my second year at university and soon to be starting my third year.
    My day to day routine for myself, personally, during second year was lectures Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I had Mondays and Fridays off - however, these were usually used for rehearsals and/or studying and doing assignments - I attempted to save weekends for part time work and/or chill out time. That's as best overview I can give you without boring you about my ACTUAL day to day life - but if you do want to hear what that is like during term time I'll be happy to explain.
    Essentials? Well, that's difficult. If you're living on campus then kitchen stuff and bedroom stuff, a few home comforts and genuinely anything you feel you need to live on a day to day basis whilst feeling comfortable. Again, I'm uncertain about what you're exactly looking for so I don't know how much detail to go into!

    How did I prepare for university in general? I looked for people who were already at the university and talked to them about how they'd found the course and the year and if they had any hints/tips and so on and so fourth. I looked at the reading lists and the kind of assignments that were done and tried to understand the work before I started. I looked at peoples experiences through university and tried to understand what is was going to be like and what I needed and so on and so fourth!

    Again - I'm uncertain about what specific details you are looking for - however, I do run a student blog that documents my experiences through university whilst at the same time contains articles for potential students - I could link you to that in you're interested? Or you can Direct Message me if you have any specific questions!
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    Thanks Sophie! Thanks George! Really brilliant and in depth advice, just what I was looking for but I hope it helps anyone else reading this.
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    There is no day to day routine usually, some people will do the 9-5/6 and go to the library when there aren't lectures but few people do, just take it hour by hour.

    Think of it like you're moving into a furnished apartment in a new country, i.e. pack a large suitcase and then you'll need to buy a handful of large/heavy things when you're there like bedding, pots and pans, notebooks.

    Again study routine is up to you, most people will do 9ish-late during exam and assignment seasons with breaks for food and chatting with friends or asking them questions.

    There isn't really a need to generally prepare for university, just socialise, join societies and don't be a tosser. Otherwise you'll figure it out quite quickly by yourself.

    My most unexpected thing was probably the culture shock being bigger than I thought it would be, first coming to uni and later on the part which no-one tells you about where you get culture shock from going back home.

    I would highly recommend taking your laptop, it's unlikely to be necessary but it gives you a lot more flexibility as to where you can study.
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    Thank you, HelloWorld, you're advice is duly noted. I've sorted all my stuff out now I think, all I need to do is actually start next week.
 
 
 
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