We've updated our getting ready for uni blog, and we've split our tips into different parts so that we can bring you all the details you will need over the next few months as you prepare for September and move in day.
Getting Ready for Uni: Part 1
We’re bringing back our getting ready for uni blog from last year, just for you.
It’s the middle of July, Results Day is less than a month away, and the realisation of starting uni is about to hit. But don’t worry at Host we have a rough plan of just some of the things you could (or is that should) be doing to get ready for uni.
You may have already made your decision on where to study and confirmed your place. But recent stats from UCAS have shown that many students are still holding out to see their A-Level results before deciding on which uni to study. If that’s you then get online and join in one of the virtual open days that nearly every uni is running.
There is still time to take part in open days for some universities. Even if you can’t attend in person, check out what universities have to offer on their website or here.
Find your Home.
With the uni decided, it’s time to find somewhere to live, and of course, that’s with us! Many of our locations already have limited availability so the sooner you book the more choice of room types you’ll have. While some of our locations have reopened for physical viewings many are offering virtual tours.
Even with restrictions lifting, many students may still be feeling some uncertainty about where they want to stay in September. That’s why we’ve introduced a set of commitments to give all students booking with us peace of mind. And that’s not all. Last year our team introduced Health and Safety commitments to make sure your stay with Host is as safe as possible. View our 12 Health and Safety commitments here.
Start planning what gadgets you will want to take to uni with you and take a look at what’s on offer. Here’s our guide to the essential student gadgets.
No doubt you’ll have August 10th circled in your calendar and you’ll be counting down to 8am when UCAS Track goes live and you’ll see if you’ve got in or not. Check out our recent blog all about Results Day. Thinking of using clearing? Take a look at our guide to clearing here.
Sort out your student bank account.
Get your bank account sorted at your earliest opportunity. The earlier you do it the clearer your head will be to spend time comparing offers and finding the right account for you. When It comes to student accounts, many banks offer free overdrafts, debit cards and optional credit cards.
While the majority also add an incentive for joining, like a student railcard or Amazon vouchers. But don’t let the incentive entice you, the overdraft facility is more important. Take a look at this Save the Student guide to student bank accounts.
Plan your room.
Just like organising your student bank account, the sooner you plan what you’ll need for your room the better and less stressful the whole experience will be. There are hundreds of search results for “what to pack for university”, from everyone like Ikea through to Which? One of the simplest and best essentials guides we have come across is from UCAS.
Look out for the part 2 of our getting ready for uni blog, where we will share more tips to help you prepare in time for September.
Getting serious about the environment we live in.
To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! If we can reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by 1% then we will donate £10,000, 2% reduction means £20,000, 3% is £30,000 and so on, to 3 charities; BulliesOut, Planet Patrol and World Land Trust.Show me all news
For the times when you scroll through list after list and can’t decide on what to watch, this may be handy for you. Here are some of the latest Netflix releases that Lisa our marketing executive recommends for a night in…
It's important to get to enjoy the summer; there are plenty of things that you will now be able to do freely, and boosting your brain should be one of them. We've put together ways to keep your brain active over the next few months before you begin your university experience.