OK, fresher. Starting uni is one of the most fun things you will do ever, but that doesn't mean you don't need to be prepared. Check out TSR's list of essential advice pages and how-to-guides for those about to start uni...
What to take to university
Are you ready for this? It's the TSR uber-list - absolutely everything you need to think about when packing for university. (note: if you do end up taking everything on the list, please post a picture in the forums. It would be a stunning achievement...
Before you go to university
So you're counting down the days until you leave for uni. You're wondering what to expect from Fresher's Week, whether your course is going to be any good and whether any of your flatmate are going to be psychos (answers likely to be: everything, yes and no they won't - but one of them will nick your bacon from the fridge). Fill the time between now and uni by making sure you're all set before you go to university.
Student bank accounts
If you've not done this already - stop putting it off. For one thing, banks love to give free stuff to students - such as 16-25 Railcards and the like. Secondly (and far more importantly) a student account will (in most cases) bag you an interest-free overdraft, which is pretty essential. If you haven't already decided on a bank account, you need the TSR student bank accounts page.
If you're planning on turning up to uni with anything more valuable than the clothes you're stood up in, then you really need insurance. Having your laptop pinched isn't nice. Having it filched and then realising you've got no cover to buy a new one - well, it's the opposite of priceless. Find out more about student insurance.
Freshers Week tips
Tip and advice from those who have survived Freshers' Weeks past can be found in the Freshers' Week Tips page.
- Staying Safe at Uni
- Freshers Forums
- Chat with other new applicants on your university sub forum or thread - If you are unsure where to post check out our A-Z of Universities Guide.
- Chat about University in General University Discussion
- Life at University