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Preparing to go to university. Contents. Accommodation: different types things to consider legal requirements to check What to confirm/organise Essentials to take. When you arrive Freshers’ week Students’ Union Top tips. Accommodation. Three different types

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  • Accommodation:
  • different types
  • things to consider
  • legal requirements to check
  • What to confirm/organise
  • Essentials to take
  • When you arrive
  • Freshers’ week
  • Students’ Union
  • Top tips
  • Three different types
  • Halls of residence (most popular choice for first year students)
  • Private rented
  • Living at home
  • Sent information once you have chosen your firm and insurance choice
  • Housing usually wont be allocated until after results day
halls of residence
Halls of residence
  • Advantages
  • Great way to meet new people
  • Rent includes bills
  • Everyone is in the same position - lots of support and advice
  • Disadvantages
  • Not guaranteed at all universities
  • Have to share facilities
  • Can’t choose who you live with
private rented
Private rented
  • Advantages
  • Can choose who you live with
  • Variety of accommodation to choose from
  • Flexibility to select the facilities that meet all your requirements
  • Disadvantages
  • - Rent exclusive of bills
  • May have to find your own property/area
  • Contracts and legal issues to negotiate
living at home
Living at home
  • Advantages
  • - Security/familiarity with area
  • - Support of your family
  • Can be less expensive
  • Disadvantages
  • Less independence
  • May be isolated from other students
  • May miss out on some social events
  • Entitled to less loan
things to consider
Things to consider
  • Is the accommodation guaranteed? (If not what are your alternatives?)
  • How much is the security deposit?
  • How many people will you be sharing facilities with?
  • Are all the bills included in the price? (eg extra hidden costs for Internet connection)
  • Is the accommodation mixed or single sex?
  • How far is the accommodation from the campus?
legal requirements
Legal requirements
  • Fire alarms/fire blankets in place
  • Electrical goods PAT tested and well maintained
  • Boilers/gas fires Corgi certified and well maintained
  • Inventory of furniture and wear and tear documented
  • Burglar alarm/security on doors and windows
what to organise confirm
What to organise/confirm
  • Set up a student bank account
  • Confirm accommodation
  • Gather important documents (passport, birth certificate etc)
  • Take information on your course and accommodation
  • TV license?
  • Your payment schedule letter (will be sent to your home address prior to starting university)
essentials to take
Essentials to take
  • Student cook book
  • Camera
  • Cheque book and bank details
  • Passport pictures (for bus pass, NUS cards etc)
  • Street map
  • Stationery
  • Extension cable
  • Items to personalise your room
things to learn
Things to learn
  • How to change a light bulb/fuse/plug
  • How to work a washing machine
  • How to read a clothing care label
  • How to read a gas/electric meter
  • How to cook basic recipes
  • How to sew on a button
  • How to budget! Do you know how much

a tube of toothpaste is?!

when you arrive
When you arrive
  • Get there early!
  • Unpack, get comfy, personalise your room
  • Take some food to bond with your new housemates over
  • Prepare to answer lots of questions about yourself
  • Go exploring with new friends
  • Keep an open mind, new place, new people, new friendships!
freshers week
Freshers’ week
  • Chance to familiarise yourself with departments, campus and location
  • Register with your course and attend introductory talks
  • Meet and interact with lots of new people
  • Attend talks on personal safety, security and fire prevention
  • Freshers’ Fair – lots of freebies!
  • Expect ups and downs – its normal!
students union
Students’ Union
  • Run by students for students
  • Organise various social events
  • There to help you with any problems or concerns
  • Great place to look for student discounts!
  • Home to sports teams, societies, welfare, travel shop, print shops, student radio, student paper, learning support, library and IT support and more!
top tips
Top tips
  • Be prepared and organised before you go
  • Make the most of Freshers’ week
  • Meet as many new people as possible
  • Don’t forget your toothbrush
  • Enjoy yourself!