New challenges, new friends, a new city and a new place to live – university is a whole new world to most, signalling a fresh start, self-exploration and coming of age. In between all that soul searching some learning has to be shoehorned in, too. There are bound to be plenty of questions you want to ask along the way, so do.
Firstly, make sure you pick the university that is right for you.
While it seems like fun to haul off to whatever place your best friend has picked, it may not be the right choice for you. Choosing the right university is a substantial decision and one which should be given plenty of thought.
Student housing certainly deserves some attention and shouldn’t be a decision made off the cuff between Countdown and Come Dine With Me. To make the most of your time at university, you need to be sure that your home for the next year is up to scratch. First year isn’t too much of a problem, with most students opting for university provided halls of residence. Once that inaugural year has passed, however, its time to gather your new found friends and find somewhere to live all by yourselves. It’s tempting to settle for the first place you see, but approach viewings with a level head and apply the following mantra: Modern/Managed/Friendly. If all three boxes are ticked, go with your gut when choosing student accommodation in Preston…
- A Modern building suits a modern brain (and that’s what you’ve got)
- A Managed building means a hassle-free life (you’re studying – you’ve got enough to think about)
- Friendly? Why would you live anywhere that wasn’t!?
Naturally, we think The Warehouse Student Apartments should be at the top of your list of fabulous student accommodation in Preston – and UCLAN students who live in our apartments agree! We tick all three boxes and more besides. Read on, then give us a call to arrange a viewing.
An inevitable part of university life is exploring the your new habitat’s night life. It’s always worth being open-minded when exploring new bars, restaurants and clubs but do remember to be safe. No one will be impressed by your over zealous drinking if they have to carry you home, or worse. Going out is a great way to meet new people and make new friends but always go out in groups and be aware of your surroundings.
Another great tool for students looking to make the most of their experience is The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. Published annually, the survey offers student opinions on their university, accommodation, course structures, overall satisfaction and more.
Societies and clubs are a great way to find a new hobby, perhaps get some exercise and to make friends outside of your housing and course. Your university may hold an activities fair, or something similar. Again its worth asking questions.
In order to make the most of your university experience its worth noting that help is always available. You should familiarise yourself with your university’s facilities and the help structure they have available to those who want it. The student experience is certainly a unique one and should be thoroughly enjoyed and the best way to ensure that is by asking. There’s absolutely no shame in asking others, it makes your student experience a whole lot better and, who knows, you may even learn a thing or two.