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If you're heading off to uni for the first time, everyone's got advice for you. Some good, some bad, some irrelevant. So prepare yourself for some words of wisdom you might actually find useful - our uni Top 10s.

Good, solid advice from students themselves, students who've been through Freshers Week, done the fancy dress parties and survived to tell the tale. And if you've any more handy hints to add, feel free to get stuck in here.


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Our uni Top 10s

Top 10 chat-up lines

Top 10 things to lose on a night out

Top 10 cheap fancy dress ideas

Top 10 ways of staying out of debt

Top 10 FAQs on arriving at uni

Top 10 excuses for missing lectures

Top 10 things to take to uni

Top 10 timewasting tips

Top 10 student tips

Top 10 chat-up lines

Of course, discussing the issues of the day is what being a student is all about. But how do you break the ice and begin that conversation about the threats to the Mongolian Volestrangler?


  1. Here's 10p. Call your mum and tell her you won't be home.
  2. This face is leaving in 5 minutes. Be on it.
  3. Want to come to a party? A party in my pants?
  4. Is your dad a thief, cos he stole two stars and put them in your eyes.
  5. Your clothes will look even better on my bedroom floor.


  1. Do you work for the post office? I could have sworn I saw you checking out my package.
  2. I may not be the best-looking person in here, but I'm the only one talking to you.
  3. If I told you that you had a nice body, would you hold it against me?
  4. I've lost my telephone number. Can I have yours?
  5. Do you sleep on your front? No? Mind if I do?


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Top 10 things to lose on a night out

Some people say that if you come back from a night out with all the stuff you left with, you're not doing it right. Here's a list of the stuff you can expect to find missing when you finally peel your eyelids open on a Sunday afternoon...

  1. Phone
  2. Wallet/purse
  3. iPod
  4. Keys
  5. Clothes
  6. Your way home
  7. Dignity
  8. Friends
  9. Memory
  10. Girl/boyfriend


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Top 10 cheap fancy dress ideas

Parties are good - fancy dress parties even better. If you're looking for a theme everyone can join in with, try these...

  1. Arrrr! Pirates ahoy
  2. Heroes & Villains
  3. 80's
  4. Chav night
  5. Cowboy/girl
  6. 'Letter' party ie. 'S' party
  7. Famous characters
  8. Toga party (of course)
  9. Films
  10. Hawaiian


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Top 10 ways of staying out of debt

Money - or lack of it - is at the top of everyone's worry list. Make your pennies go further with a few simple ideas...

  1. Get your mates to pay
  2. Talk to your union/NUS for any ideas
  3. Put money in a kitty for nights out
  4. Mum and Dad
  5. Get a job
  6. Try the NUS's Broke & Broken
  7. Second hand course books
  8. Apply for student funding (free fund)
  9. Charity shops
  10. Buy an NUS Extra card


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Top 10 FAQs upon arriving at uni

Be prepared to hear these several times a day during the first few weeks. Have your answers ready and impress with your quick thinking and razor sharp wit...

  1. "Where do you live?"
  2. "What A level grades did you get?"
  3. "Where are you from?"
  4. "Do you have a girl/boy friend?"
  5. "Where are you living?"
  6. "So what course are you on?"
  7. "Did your mum buy that shirt for you?"
  8. "How much can I eat with a daily budget of £2?"
  9. "How safe is it round here?"
  10. "Where's my students' union?"


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Top 10 excuses for missing lectures

It sometimes comes as a shock halfway through the year when you suddenly realise you have to go to lectures. At times like these, you need the best excuses you can for that meeting with your course tutor...

  1. "You mean 10 in the morning????!!!"
  2. "Oh that's where I'm meant to go."
  3. "There was something wrong with my bed. I couldn't get out of it."
  4. "I'm sorry, Cash in the Attic doesn't finish till 10.30."
  5. "My limited edition collection of road cones was being seized by the police."
  6. "I've had the most terrible wardrobe malfunction."
  7. "I'm just doing so much worthy volunteer work."
  8. "They found me locked in the library."
  9. "I was helping grannies cross roads."
  10. "I was working so hard I slept in."


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Top 10 things to take to uni

You might think that when you go away, your folks will sort and supply everything for you. And so they should. But just in case they forget - they are knocking on after all - remember these yourself...

  1. Endsleigh insurance!
  2. Parent's phone number
  3. Crockery and cutlery - plate, knife and fork, cup - one of everything
  4. Fancy dress clothes
  5. Communal/board games, ie, cards
  6. Laptop/PC, TV, DVD player & DVDs
  7. Paracetamol
  8. Photos
  9. Sewing kit
  10. Alarm clock


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Top 10 time-wasting tips

To outsiders, the world of academia is a refined hothouse of study and learning. You're about to find out different. Here's stuff to do on those, ahem, rare free moments...

  1. Facebook / Myplace / Bebo
  2. Get a really big cardboard box, it can provide hours of pointless fun
  3. All computer games, particularly games such as The Sims
  4. Invent a pointless but entertaining game
  5. Start up or join a 'procrastination society'
  6. Reorganise your room furniture. Draw a plan first and don't miss any details
  7. Get on a bus just for the ride without really going anywhere
  8. Invent your own language
  9. Make your own Christmas tree with cans
  10. Daytime TV - namely Countdown and Doctors


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Top 10 student tips

Everyone wants an easier life - even students. Here's a few tips aimed at taking just a little of the strain away...

  1. Why buy expensive new books just because they look nice? Get them from Amazon, ebay or last year's students and save money
  2. Use travel rucksacks to carry food shopping - you'll carry a lot of weight without killing your fingers or shoulders
  3. Don't lose mates by playing your music too loudly, using their stuff or eating their food
  4. Don't be afraid to change your course if you don't like it
  5. Enjoy your first year and focus on trying to get a 2.1 in your second year
  6. Learn shorthand - very handy for lectures
  7. Learn how to cook
  8. Keep in touch with friends back home
  9. Try to get decent work experience
  10. Get insurance from Endsleigh!


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