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Nerves or excitement? You’re likely to have a variety of feelings about going to university, whether it’s for the first time or you’re going back after the summer holidays. Here are some tips on what you can do to help you stay ahead of the curve for the new term ahead.


Pick a routine and stick to it

Try and keep a disciplined routine. Waking up, eating and sleeping at the same time will make it easier to adjust to student life and it’ll also help you feel more awake and refreshed. There’s no better way of getting ready to take on the upcoming academic year. 


Don’t miss out

You don’t want to miss out on those important events, lectures and talks so make sure you’re kept in the loop with all the relevant information. One handy way is to sign up to newsletters and follow social media pages so you hear all the latest updates as soon as they come out. And keep your calendar updated - if you’re going to be busy an organised schedule will make the world of difference.


Build a network

Surround yourself with like-minded people. Doing things out of your comfort zone can be daunting so find a group of people who are on the same page as you. It’s easier and more enjoyable to accomplish things while making new friends at the same time. 


Be a bookworm

Whatever area you’re studying, read as many books about it as you can. And this doesn’t just mean dry academic texts, reading fiction can help too. Immersing yourself in your subject is the best way to get ahead. 


Find relevant work

Give yourself an edge in the marketplace by applying or volunteering for work in your field. You’ll learn new skills much quicker with on-the-job experience and it’ll look hugely impressive on your CV. Not only this, but you’ll also be able to apply your knowledge to practical situations, leading to better grades.


Figure out referencing 

People often struggle with the different systems universities use to reference assignments so find out which your university uses and learn how to reference properly. This will save time that you can spend on your assignments instead.


Don’t be a technophobe

It’s 2019 and technology is changing and improving all the time. In turn, this means university courses change and adapt to suit current trends so make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest advances in technology. It’ll give you one less thing to research when it comes to your uni work.



Whether you’re heading into your first year or a returning student, make sure your accommodation is sorted. One of the most important ways to relieve pressure is to get your accommodation booked so you can relax about where you’re going to live. Search our student residences or talk to us to get started on your university journey.