Endsleigh have put together a student checklist to help you prepare for university.
Get a head start with socialising
Social media can be great for meeting your course and housemates before you arrive and to get to know your university and what events are coming up for freshers.
Check out the unviersity and students' union websites for information on enrolment, where the key places are and any other details you'll need.
Get your finances sorted
Make sure you have finalised arrangements for student loans, overdrafts or grants that you will need when you start the term. Shop around for the best student bank account to get the best deal.
Work out your budget
Monthly or weekly budgets will help you organise your finances so you won't be looking for extra cash at the end of the month.
Pack the essentials
Remember to take some plates, cutlery and pens but your housemates probably will pack the same! If you struggle to remember what to pack, think of all the basic things that you may take for granted.
Get your student discounts
The NUS extra card is an essential student tool, as well as travel and rail cards – you don't need to pay full price again!
Start packing early
You'll find it easier to pack a little at a time over a long period than doing all your packing at the last minute.
A part time job while you study or a holiday job can be a good source of income if you need it. Also, make sure you check out the University Jobshop for vacancies.
Think of your gadgets
Think about whether you need a new tablet or laptop, and make sure you get them insured.
When moving day comes, everything will be sorted and you can concentrate on having a lot of fun and enjoying your time at university!
Key documentation to remember on your first day:
- Accommodation contract
- Passport photos
- Passport or driving licence
- Finance confirmation
- NHS number
- National Insurance number
- Bank account details
- Local map
- What’s on guide
- List of phone numbers
- Doctor and dentist details
- Exam certificates
- Laptop and phone insurance
- TV Licence
- Discount travel cards
- Address book and email contacts list
Download the student checklist here.