Refreshers Week: Uni Life Hacks From Actual Uni Students
MTV's brand new show Refreshers Week Presented By Strongbow starts Monday 24th of September at 10pm - only on MTV UK!
About to start university? Have no idea what to expect? Want to be prepared?
MTV’s got you! We’ve spoken to IRL students who are gonna share all their university survival advice before you head off to your new life of independence and cans of 10p beans...
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Here’s what 7 students had to say on how to hack your way to a great uni experience.
Fern’s top five uni life hacks
1. If you're self catered, don’t buy generic plates (plain white) or plain metal cutlery because chances are everyone your living with also took a trip to ikea and picked up the same stuff or something very similar. It gets confusing and stuff goes missing (I lost half my cutlery and a plate.)
2. Get a weekly planner to keep track of assignments and reading that you need to do or have completed so you don’t turn up to a tutorial and sit there for an hour feeling confused.
3. Take advantage of freshers fairs, not only can you sign up to clubs and societies, there are also a lot of companies which give away discount vouchers for things like pizza or club entry and other free things.
4. Took me half a year to realise, but for me, keeping track of money is easier to do in cash rather than in the bank. I stopped paying with my card and took it out in cash instead. This stopped me spending excessive amounts on my card on a night out and meant I wasn’t spending all my maintenance loan before my rent went out.
5. Shops like Aldi and Lidl are great for cheaper food compared to supermarkets like Tesco.
Kalen’s top five uni life hacks
1. Have a good studying playlist. It gets you in the right mood and mindset to work hard.
2. Go out with your peers. Friends help you get through difficult situations.
3. Think about life after uni before you finish the course, it gives you an idea of what you want to do and where you see yourself.
4. Google Books and Google Scholar! They’re great tools that save you trekking to the library all the time to get books.
5. Help each other out. You’re all in the same boat and it’s easier to get through things with a helping hand and someone looking out for you!
Natasha's Top Five Uni Life Hacks
1. Try not to shop TOO much in your student union, it can be a little overpriced and you can look for bargains elsewhere!
2. Do every event you can, it opens doors for new friendships and great experiences. Even if it's daunting at first, you'll be thankful you put yourself out there!
3. Try to wash all your smalls (socks and underwear) in the sink or shower! It saves money on washing machines.
4. Hang out in your student union, at least a couple of times. Even if there aren’t any major events going on in there (party wise), there’s always fun things such as quiz nights which can help bring your flat closer together.
5. Put yourself first. If you’re not enjoying yourself like you thought you would, take a step back and work on you. You'll know what is really best for you, and it's important to know that your mental health comes first.
Hannah’s top five uni life hacks
1. Get enough sleep and exercise, even if you don't join the gym try and go for a walk every day.
2. Put your mental health BEFORE uni. Professors are people too and they will understand and even try to help you as long as you email in advance. So please don't burn out.
3. Dry shampoo will be your best friend. If you want to sleep in before a lecture, put some in and run.
4. Buy some slippers, uni floors are nasty and it's another comfort away from home.
5. Take your phone charger with you everywhere as well as your laptop charger (if you're carrying your laptop) because you don't know how long you might be in the library for.
Naomi’s top five uni life hacks
1. If you can, find your flat mates on Facebook before you move in. You can join groups on Facebook to do this! It’s always nice to see someone you recognise before moving into halls!
2. Don’t buy into the freshers events. Go to a couple but not all. It’s usually more expensive and not as fun as planning a night out with your flat mates!
3. Join a society! Any one will do, even if it’s completely random. It’s such a great way to meet so many people and try something new!
4. Try to have two bank accounts or a savings account to separate your rent and your spending money. It’s so easy to spend all of your money on clothes when your student loan comes in and then have to scramble around to find your rent for the month!
5. Learn to cook a couple of staple and cheap meals. Bolognese, chilli or omelets are great ones which are super easy and cheap. Also, make big batches at once and freeze them to have as lunches and dinners - a great money saving technique!
Tierney’s top five uni life hacks
1. Don't let your housemates steal or eat your things, if you paid for it, it's yours! Unless of course you want to share.
2. Don't worry about going home every week, your family will adjust.
3. Try to go to as many lectures as you can, but if you're struggling, let someone know. They can help.
4. BUDGET! If you're someone that likes to eat fancy food, you're going to have to sacrifice something to be able to have the money.
5. Try to eat as healthily as you can, if you're putting good food into your body, it will reward you. Your body is a temple, look after it!
Tyrell’s top five uni life hacks
1. Live as close as possible to uni so you can walk in. It saves lots of money!
2. Go to a uni with a 24 hour library. When it's essay time you will need it!
3. Buy your food in bulk and use freezer bags... seriously if you're a student that cooks you're sorted, no Pot Noodles!
4. Don't buy fast food all the time, get used to cooking.
5. Don't go out clubbing if you don't want to. Never feel pressured into situations if you don’t feel like it.
Take these hacks with you and you'll be off to a great start at university. Best of luck from us at MTV, you got this!
Refreshers Week Presented by Strongbow Starts Monday 24th of September at 10pm ONLY on MTV UK!