Preparing for uni and what to bring with you

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I’m studying English and History. Here are my top tips for preparing for uni and what to bring with you.

I would prepare for uni by finding out as much as possible in advance. Investigate the modules you’re interested in, see what there is to do in the city and check out the student societies.

I was terrified of pulling up to university on the first day, but my homesickness only lasted about twelve hours. There are so many things to do and see that there just isn’t time to be homesick. It also helps knowing that all first years go through the exact same thing, even if they won’t admit to it!

I would advise throwing yourself into student life. Talk to everyone. If you’re curious about a society, check it out. If there’s a talk on, go to it. Make the most of your student hours and explore the city. Remember that uni can be one of the most exciting times of your life.

Normally a reading list will be released prior to uni starting. Make sure you get the books and do the reading. That way you will be well prepared.

I also would advise against going home very frequently. I think it tends to actually make homesickness worse and prevents you from adjusting properly to uni.

Last but not least – get vaccinated!

Top 5 things to bring with you

  1. Layers. York is quite a cool and windy city. It also rains frequently, so pack accordingly. At the same time the library, your accommodation and club nights can get hot, so make sure you have layers you can take off.
  2. Paracetamol, tissues etc. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, gets freshers’ flu, so it’s best to be prepared.
  3. Basic cooking equipment. Learn to make at least two basic, healthy(ish) dishes and don’t subsist solely on takeaways for months at a time.
  4. A bucket. Sounds weird but it’s helpful for cleaning… or when you get fresher’s flu…. or if your flatmates have too much to drink.
  5. Over-door hooks. Uni rooms can be cramped, and students are notoriously messy, so if you have a lot of stuff I advise bringing hooks which go over the door.

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Hello! I'm Charlotte, a 3rd Year student studying English and History here at York.