The jump from A-Levels to university can be quite challenging since you’re in a new environment, surrounded by new people and a new style of teaching. But no need to worry, we're here to offer you some support!
University is an exciting chapter of your life as you make the transition to early adulthood. This new experience offers new freedom, independence and opportunities.
- Mental preparation - It's important to get prepared for your new venture, lists can help you organise your time and make sure you have everything ready to go! If you're feeling a little apprehensive about moving away, make sure you speak to your friends, family and the university you're going to, it's completely normal to feel this way. Terms at university are usually only 9-10 weeks long, so before you know it, you'll be heading home for Christmas!
- Cooking - It's a good idea to practice some staple meals so you don't have to spend your money on eating out/takeaways. Cooking for your housemates is a popular skill and can help bring your housemates together, creating an opportunity to make new friends and bond with people.
- Laundry/cleaning - Keeping your environment clean is essential to keeping a clear and healthy mind. Check out the video below in the task section to find out more about which cleaning products to use when and how to stay on top of your laundry!
- For more tips for shopping, finances, transport and confidence and more, watch the 'Fresh Start' video in the task section below.
Equally, you don't have to move away from home, you can always commute to your place of higher education! If moving away is something that is putting you off, then the option to stay at home and commute can be something you should explore!
Finally, you're never alone and it's important to take comfort in knowing that everyone is in the same boat, however, make sure that people are aware if you are really struggling and seek some help from the people close to you or the student wellbeing team.