8 things to do in your final summer before becoming a university student
With the first day of the term approaching, prepare yourself fully for university whilst having your best summer to date.
Excitement, intrigue, nervousness and even a hint of sheer fear are all emotions we experience in the months leading up to our first term at university. Your next few years will be the best of your life, or so people say, so whilst you’re getting carried away thinking of all the festivities ahead, here are the top 8 things to do this summer before you embark on your university voyage:
1 – Loans, Accommodation & Enrolment
It’s difficult to imagine a student who’d forget to put the pursuit of their student loan at the top of their summer to-do list, but if you haven’t already organised yours then do or it won’t reach your bank account in time for the start of term. Ensure that you’ve got your accommodation under control and check whether you’re required to complete an online enrolment before you turn up; a growing number of universities are poised to use this process in 2014.
2 – Shopping
You might want to wait until meeting your new flatmates before buying some of the university essentials; you could decide share the costs of kitchen items for example, but there are a few things you’ll need to buy for yourself. Make sure you have enough bedding, bathroom supplies and study materials. Studential have put together a great checklist of all the university necessities which is well worth checking out. Although, something they’ve missed and a quick tip from us is to try and have one last food-shop with your parents before they leave you to fend for yourself!
3 – Research Fresher’s Week
See what your university has to offer during Fresher’s Week. Whether it’s braving a raucous fancy dress night at the Student Union or exploring the Fresher’s Fair, there’ll definitely be something of interest to you. The Fresher’s Fair is where you’ll register for clubs and societies, so it’s definitely not one to miss. Have a look at your university’s website and social media outlets for more information.
4 – Go to a Music Festival
What better way to spend a weekend of your summer than going to a music festival with a few friends. With tickets at a reasonable price and student discounts available, there’s nothing quite like seeing a host of your favourite bands and artists perform in front of thousands of happy revellers. After bouncing around and singing along to your favourite hits, take ten minutes out in the Zen area, grab a bite to eat from one of the many food stands or explore the wealth of markets, stalls, theatres, comedy shows and more.
5 – Spend Time with Family & Friends
You’ll no doubt be so busy making new friends in your first term that you have little time to head home to see your old ones and your family. So now is a good time to spend some quality time with them and make great memories; go for a scenic walk with your family or dance the night away with friends. However you spend your time this summer, just don’t forget to promise your mum that you’ll phone her every week!
6 – Find a Job
Every student welcomes a bit of extra money to help fund their first year at university, and although your student loan will help with your living costs, it never seems to stretch quite far enough. Not only will a job develop your skillset but it opens up other opportunities for your summer break too; doing some paid work in the early summer weeks could earn you enough money to go travelling for the rest of it.
7 – Travel
In some cases, university fees have risen sharply in recent years, meaning you could come out the other side with a weighty debt. So if you’re planning on travelling in your lifetime then now is definitely the time to do it. Whether you fancy yourself as an intrepid explorer in the Amazon rainforest or a sightseer amongst the hustle and bustle of the U.K’s cultured cities, delving into new lands is a fantastic way of broadening your mind before heading to university.
8 – Summer Schools
If you’re keen on travel then why not spend time preparing for university at the same time? Summer schools are the perfect chance to do this and can really amplify your university experience. They’re fabulous for developing your confidence and communication skills, allowing you to explore some of the World’s most breath-taking landmarks and are a guaranteed winner when it comes to making new friends.
Take a look at our infographic 10 Ways: How to Change the World with Summer School and make you final summer before university a life changing one!