University is the first taste of true independence for every young adult, which is possibly why it’s also quite terrifying. Thankfully, the university setting is perfectly designed for young adults to adjust to the transition just as much as it is designed for education. First-year students can have a placement in university accommodation, which is the perfect solution for all young adults moving out of the family home for the first time. You’ll be around people the same age as you who are in the same position, and making friends will be easy and you won’t have to deal with troublesome landlords (at least, for the first year). To make the moving process even easier, follow this guide:
- Pack What You Need
The halls you live in determine what you need to bring. For instance, if your halls aren’t catered, you will also have to bring cooking utensils. Typically, however, you should aim to bring a solid collection of your clothes and books, but try not to bring everything at once, just the necessities. You can always bring back more next time!
- Figure Out Your Transportation
While you shouldn’t go home every weekend, you do need to have a method of transportation to and from your house. If you are an international student, this will be via plane – you’ll want to have your flights booked well in advance to ensure you get the best price. If you live a few hours away, however, you could benefit from a new car from the BMW Edinburgh dealership. Knowing your options to get you to and from home will give you a great comfort.
- Move in
Ideally, your parents will help move you into your new home. You can get everything settled, stock your fridge if applicable, and can then say goodbye and meet the other students. Put away your clothes, add some personal touches, and make the place feel familiar before you sleep.
- Familiarize Yourself with the Area
Once you’ve moved in it’s time to get a bearing of your surroundings. The best place to start is your university campus. Not only will you be spending most of your time on campus, there are likely to be walking tours to the hotspots like the grocery store or train station. Either way, you will want to explore your new neighborhood. To make the most of this exploration, go with your fellow students! It’s easy to make friends when everyone is new.
Most of the people that you are friends with during the first few weeks of university aren’t likely to stick around, and that’s okay. Everyone is trying to find their group of people, which is why you need to socialize as much as you can. The more you socialize, the more you can find people who you truly click with. Socializing doesn’t only mean partying, either. Your friends are the ones that will make your university experience memorable.
Starting university is daunting, but only because it’s new. Everyone you meet will either be in the same position as you or understand what you’re going through. Pack what you need, familiarize yourself with the area, and make new friends. Your university life awaits you!