Necessities for Success In College
While most university courses start in September, there are a number that offer January entry- and if you’re heading off to study in the new year, now is the time to get organized! It can be a bit of a struggle sorting all of this around Christmas and the festive season, but to get yourself off to the best start a bit of planning and organization now can go a long way. Here are some of the things to put on your list- you could even ask for some of them for Christmas!
A Reliable Computer and Printer
While there will be computers and printers in your university library and internet cafes, it makes sense to have your own. That way you can type your assignments and get some last-minute cramming in from the comfort of your room instead of having to venture out every time. Whenever coursework is due, the library will get very busy and you’ll have to queue to print. So having your own reliable computer and printer is much more convenient.
Clothes For All Seasons
When you set off to university in January it might be absolutely freezing with ice on the ground. But within a couple of months, you’ll be into spring and will need suitable clothing and footwear. If you don’t want to bring or buy lots of clothes, you could create a capsule wardrobe for each season. Have a few key pieces that can be dressed up or down and worn in a variety of ways, giving you the most bang for your buck. If you plan on embracing student life and going on nights out, make sure you bring suitable outfits for this, too. For your lectures, go with comfortable, flattering pieces that you’re happy to sit around all day in.
Whether you’re eighteen and setting off on your own for the first time, or you’re returning as a mature student, a budget is crucial for getting through university. Whether you’re receiving a student loan, or you’ll be surviving on savings and part time work, you need to know you have enough money to live on and how to make it last. Draw up a list of all of the bills you’ll be paying, and work out how much you have coming in. You could consider a student credit card to help cover things while you’re studying. Banks also offer student overdrafts with good rates that you could look into.
University accommodation is small. To keep organized and make sure you can fit in everything that you need, it makes sense to bring some good storage. This could be hanging wardrobe storage or compartment storage that can be hung over the back of doors. You could use tall, narrow plastic inexpensive drawers, cheap that give you loads of storage space without taking up much space in the room. Or you can use boxes for under the bed or on top of the wardrobe, drawer dividers, desk storage and more.