How to survive your first year of uni
No matter how prepared you think you are, starting university brings plenty of surprises.
What's living in halls really like? Are first-year lectures actually important? Is learning to cook really necessary?
We asked current and former uni students from the TSR community what they wish they'd known before starting. They've made the mistakes, so you don't have to...
Read on for the full list, or click on the quick links to zip straight to a particular section
May 2020: student life giveaway
The Student Room has teamed up with UEA to launch a monthly competition in student life.
Once again we've got a stack of Amazon vouchers to give away - and entering is easy.
Just tap the button (or scroll to the end of the article) for your chance to win.
Meeting people is easy at uni. Seriously. But that doesn't stop us all worrying about it before we get there for the first time.
Here's how TSR members made friends in their first weeks at university.
On extra-curricular activities
Obviously you're going to uni to study. But, obviously you're not going to study all the time. University life is crammed with opportunities to try out new things. Make the most of it!
University work is a whole different ballgame from what you're used to. That's why, on the whole, your first year won't count towards your final grade - it's all about getting used to a far more independent style of learning.
You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family. Or, indeed, the people you share with in first year. Places in halls are normally allocated randomly, so it's lucky dip who you end up living with.
It might seem impossible now, but three years at uni passes by incredibly quickly. Here are some more tips from the TSR community to help you make the most of it.
You are a student, ergo you are skint. Empty pockets is part and parcel of university life, but a decent budget can help a limited income stretch that bit further. It's not always easy to do...especially if you've never had to budget before.
Uni life kicks off with Freshers Week's non-stop schedule of parties and it doesn't really let up from there. Student nights will be happening all over your uni town - and there's always going to be someone having a halls party. The only question is: how many nights out can you handle?
Watch more videos about student life
Our vloggers are sharing their experiences of student life direct from the campus. In this video playlist, we've collected their vlogs about making friends at uni, to help you get an idea of what it's like when you first start.
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