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Freshers' week is almost upon us and as we get ready to welcome a new batch of students, we thought we'd ask you what some of your top tips were to help with the transition?

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Don't panic
Your fellow students are in the exact same boat as you, so say hello to everyone, don't lock yourself away and really put yourself out there. It can be daunting, especially if it's not in your personality to be particularly outgoing, but something as simple as leaving our bedroom door open can make the world of difference. You're going to be around your house mates and course mates for the next year at least, so you may as well make the most of it.

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(Original post by UniversityOfSunderland)
Freshers' week is almost upon us and as we get ready to welcome a new batch of students, we thought we'd ask you what some of your top tips were to help with the transition?

We'll start..

Don't panic
Your fellow students are in the exact same boat as you, so say hello to everyone, don't lock yourself away and really put yourself out there. It can be daunting, especially if it's not in your personality to be particularly outgoing, but something as simple as leaving our bedroom door open can make the world of difference. You're going to be around your house mates and course mates for the next year at least, so you may as well make the most of it.

Feel free to leave your tips below 👇
Budgeting
Living away from home will mean you are taking control of your finances for the first time. A good way to keep a check of where your money is going is by creating a budget. Separate where your money is being spent - i.e. rent, travel, university costs, clothing, food, socialising, etc. Seeing all of these different areas will help you manage your money - if too much is being spent in a particular category, you could look at ways to reduce it. One example is food. If you primarily spend your money on eating out and takeaways, you could try to cook from scratch more. Not only is it healthier but it is cheaper too. You can look at Youtube videos or online recipes for ideas and guidance. Batch cooking can be a time saver - making and freezing meals for the week means you have a selection of home cooked meals for the week prepped, you just have to reheat when you want to eat. This is useful if you have a busy day!
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