For the first in a series of blog posts, Mistoria Estate Agents, specialists in Salford and Liverpool student houses, asked a current student to tell us, and you, their advice for Freshers’ Week and beyond. Here’s what they said…
The most important advice for Freshers is not to worry. We know, it’s hard not to. But it’s normal to feel anxious or nervous about leaving home, especially as moving-in day looms. Remember though, that everyone else is in the same boat. Even if the first people you meet don’t seem to be worried, they definitely are. They’re just trying to put on a brave face. Don’t worry if you don’t settle in immediately when other people seem to be doing so. People settle at different times.
Before you leave for university, make sure you have everything you need. Many student websites have itineraries you can use, but we thought we’d make some suggestions too. Remember, you don’t have to pack absolutely everything you own. If you do forget something important, you can still buy it in Liverpool or Salford. Set up a student bank account straight away. They often offer better interest rates than regular accounts, and have large free overdrafts (which you shouldn’t need to use, but give you some peace of mind.) Don’t be sucked in by freebies either – some offers are better than others. Make sure you have all the documents you need for your arrival, such as your letter of acceptance and ID. Check any information the university might have sent you via email, and check their social media pages for useful updates.
Remember to pack flu medicine as well. You WILL get Freshers’ Flu. THERE IS NO ESCAPING IT. Bringing paracetamol and Lemsip* will make your days of suffering just that bit more bearable. Register with a doctor’s office near to your new house too. You can find your nearest GP here.
*other branded remedies are available!
Finally, pack lots of fancy dress. Freshers’ Week in particular, but pretty much every night out after, revolves around some kind of outfit, and there’s often a competition for the best one.
Make A Budget
University might be the first time you’ve had to budget, but budget you must, if you want to avoid spending half the term eating Pot Noodles. Plan how much money will leave your account each month in bills, rent, and food costs, and allow for extra emergency costs too. Remember, you’ll need money for textbooks, but you can get these secondhand for a much better price than new. You’ll invariably spend a lot more in Fresher’s Week than at any other time, so you might want to make a mini budget just for that. Saving up some extra money over summer before uni just for Freshers’ is a good idea. Don’t feel pressured to spend money you don’t have, and try not to go into your overdraft unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Mistoria Estate Agents – Provider of Salford and Liverpool Student Houses
If you’re still looking for Salford and Liverpool student houses for next year, our last bit of advice is not to worry. Mistoria Estate Agents are here to help; we still have a range of properties available in both cities. To find out more about what we can offer you, call 0800 500 3015, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill in the contact form here.