Top tips for surviving university – avoid snogging housemates
And the same percentage (61 percent) struggled to adjust to the change of lifestyle at first – so new students are recommended to bring along small mementos to remind them of home.
Other tips include joining at least one university society, putting a list of deadlines on your wall where you’re likely to see it, and buying your own printer.
Commissioned by digital textbook platform, Kortext, the research found 79 percent were shocked at how expensive it was to purchase everything they needed for their studies.
To emphasise this, it emerged more than £1,100 could be spent on textbooks alone during a three-year degree.
But despite the significant expense, two-thirds (67 percent) of existing or ex-students would encourage others to go to university.
A spokesman for the brand said: “Many of those starting their degree this year will be leaving home for the first time – and while undeniably fun, university can be quite overwhelming at first.
“We’re seeing some alarming stats, with many students saying they don’t even know how they’re going to afford their course books.
“So, we hope sharing the wisdom of those who’ve navigated university life will come in handy for new starters.
“They’ve been there and know just what it was like to be a new student – worrying about fitting in, money, getting to grips with their studies, and more.”
Other pearls of wisdom from current and former students include saying yes to everything, and don’t be afraid to talk to your tutors about your studies as it’s what they’re there for.
They also recommend new students choose modules they’re genuinely interested in, and avoid all-night study sessions – so try and chip away at coursework rather than leave it until the last minute.
Further tips include shopping around before committing to utilities providers, avoiding cheap laptops, and arguably the most important tip of them all – pizza is the perfect hangover food.
However, be warned, as 68 percent of those who’ve been to university think it is even more expensive than the general public perceives it to be.
Similarly, the same percentage admitted they’d be worried about being able to afford their degree if they were to start it now amid the cost-of-living crisis.
And nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of those yet to commence their degree admitted they are already concerned about having enough money to pay for all the textbooks needed for their course.
The study, carried out through OnePoll, suggests students should budget carefully – but new starters are advised to be realistic when doing this, ensuring they set aside money to enjoy themselves.
The spokesman for Kortext added: “One of the biggest themes of the research is how expensive university is.
“And while this isn’t new, it does highlight how much of a concern it continues to be for students – especially in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis.
“Of course, they’re limited in what they can do when it comes to costs like tuition fees.
“But as shown in some of the tips, from the books they buy to their choice of internet provider, there are ways they can make their money go a little further.”
25 TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING UNIVERSITY:
- Keep a list of deadlines and put it on your wall where you’re likely to see it
- Join at least one university society
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your tutors about your studies – it’s what they’re there for
- Master three simple cooking recipes
- Shop around before committing to utilities providers
- Budget carefully – but be realistic, making sure you enjoy yourselves
- Buy digital versions of course textbooks
- Avoid cheap laptops
- Don’t worry about making your best friends in the first week
- Choose modules you are genuinely interested in
- Don’t worry about impressing others
- Be open-minded – be willing to say yes
- All-night study sessions are not fun – try not to do them
- Get a diary or calendar
- Talk to course mates about your coursework
- Buy your own printer
- When meeting housemates for the first time, try breaking the ice with food, drinks, snacks
- Move into shared accommodation
- Eat or cook in communal spaces
- Take some small mementos to remind you of home
- Show willing – be on hand to help others
- Avoid snogging housemates
- Knock on hall of residence cohabitees’ doors and say hello
- Pizza is the perfect hangover food
- Don’t be the one with a car
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