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...
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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. Obviously you're not going to study all the time. Universities life is crammed full of 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.
So how was it for you? Add your experiences and questions about uni below.
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