When you think about starting university, you expect to be filled with excitement about what the next three or four years of your life will be like. But you may still be nervous so to help we've put together some common concerns from students and how to deal with them.
Top Tips to help settle in at university.
Moving in weekends have started across all our Host properties in the UK and Ireland. And we get it can be an anxious time, so to help you settle in here are our top tips:
Read your Important Documents.
No doubt you will be inundated with documents before starting university and moving into your Host accommodation, make sure you read through everything thoroughly, so you know what to expect and when. With Host, a great place to start is the Information Booklet which contains just about everything you need to know about living with Host.
Work out how much money you will have coming in and then work out what you need to spend money on to create a manageable budget. We get it; as soon as the student loan hits the bank account, it’s nice to hit the high-street or more likely ASOS. But, it’s important to stick to the budget. Read our recent blog all about student bank accounts.
Get Cooking Before Settling In.
Spend some time in the kitchen before you move in so that you have a few classics up your sleeve. This will help you maintain your budget and make friends with your new flatmates.
Personalise Your Room.
Your room is your own personal sanctuary while living with Host so make it feel more homely by adding your own touches, such as photos or your favourite bedding when you arrive. Keep a lookout for our blog about making your room a home on a budget.
FaceTime Family and Friends.
Starting university can be a big change, and do you know sometimes you need that friendly and familiar face to chat to and add a bit of normality. A great way to do that is to facetime your family and friends.
Set the Rules – Once You’ve Settled In.
Once you’ve got to know your flatmates take time to set some rules for cleaning, food storage and talk about how you will personalise your shared living space. The Host information booklet includes a page or two about living with others, so check it out.
Join Clubs and Societies.
As well as the academic side of Uni life, there are lots of opportunities to get involved in social events and activities. Check out your uni’s student’s union and what events they’re holding during fresher’s fortnight. On-site our teams will also be holding resi-life events throughout our locations in the UK.
Struggling to Settle In? Get Support.
Nearly all universities offer on-campus student support centres, which can help you with a range of things from homesickness and financial advice to mental health support. Check out the Wellbeing section on the Host website.
Explore Your New Home.
Your Host city will be your home for the next few years so get outside and explore the city and familiarise yourself with your surroundings. It will really help you when you’re trying to find your way around in the first few weeks.
To give you a really good excuse to get out and explore your new home, check out our brand-new competition #MyHostCity where you could win BIG! Including a tech/entertainment prize bundle worth up to £500. We’ll also have two runners up prizes worth over £100 each plus weekly prizes throughout October.
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
Sharing your student experience with other people can be fun, exciting and rewarding. To ensure it stays that way, here are some helpful tips you can follow to be the best flatmate possible. It's pretty simple.
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.