You are about to embark on a major journey in life. You are about to go away to university. Although you may think that you have done all the things that you should do before leaving, it is always a good idea to double check. It is not unusual for students to forget a minor or major detail simply because they were nervous or scared.
Here are the top things that you should be sure you have completed before leaving for university.
Be Certain Your Student Loan Is in Place
Whether you have applied for a tuition loan or you have won a scholarship for university, you will need to check your status. Contact the relevant department to ensure that all scholarships, loans, grants and other financial assistance grants have been processed.
Verify Your College Living Situation
If you will be living at home while attending university, this will not be a concern. However, if you are planning to live on campus you will need to contact the housing department to verify you have been assigned a room. If you are moving into an apartment, be sure to contact your roommate or landlord to inform them of when you will be moving in.
Sign Up for New Student Orientation
These types of orientations generally occur before classes begin. Topics covered during orientation will vary depending on the school you will attend, but most orientations will cover:
The different classes available
Offer students a chance to register if they need to do so
It is typically recommended that new students do not miss orientation.
Learn to Drive
If you have not already done so, you will need to get your driver’s licence before leaving for university. It will be especially beneficial if you get a part-time job or have study sessions off campus. The DVLA offers more information about the testing process, and the requirements you will need to get a provisional driving licence, which include passing your theory test. For some practice theory tests, you can find more information on Top Tests.
Meet Your Roommates
You can select your university accommodation before term starts. Make friends with the people you will be sharing with on social media before you start orientation.
Enjoy Your Hometown
Are you attending university more than a few hours away from your home? If so, take some time before you leave to enjoy everything that you like about your home. Eat at the restaurants you love, spend some time window shopping at your favorite shops, enjoy a meal at your favorite pub, and hang out with the people you love. You may not see them again until the end of your first term.
Once you have checked everything off this list, you will be closer to being ready for university. Your new life will be waiting for you once you graduate from your chosen course, so it’s time to get excited and look forward to the future!