7 Things You Wish You Knew Before Starting University

by Nina Christopoulou

Most students arrive in London and have left all their preparations to the last minute. Why that is? Largely because youth entails constantly being a rookie! So we decided to help and give you some pointers before you embark on your academic journey:

1. How to write essays

For those of you coming to study in London from abroad, be warned! UK universities expect you to be able to write essays, and pretty good ones. But essay writing is not as easy as it sounds – you need clear argumentation, attention to detail etc. While you can get some help with that at your uni, we would suggest looking into it a little earlier.

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2. What coffee works for you

Although there are numerous places in London where you can find a lot of variations of coffee (Pret, Starbucks, Nero and the list goes on), if you are hooked on coffee like ourselves, you will need to do your own market research to find the ONE (… that wakes you up at 7 a.m. on a Monday morning for your 3 hour long lecture with that boring professor you hate to listen to).

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3. When to work

Deadline periods are meant for you to finalise the work you did throughout the semester, not do the work you should have done earlier. Get a head start on those assignments and spare yourself the 5 sequenced all nighters!

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4. Minding that budget

Student life can be a pain for your wallet, so try your best to adhere to some sort of financial schedule. Thankfully in London you have a lot of hacks at your disposal: 10% student discount at retailers, happy hour for more alcohol than usual, and bikes to save you the steep oyster charge!

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5. Making the most out of Freshers Week

Every beginning is tough, but if you show up to Freshers Week and get involved, you will find out that things will run smoother than expected. It is a great opportunity to find out stuff about your uni, extra activities and clubs and of course, socialise as much as you can!

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6. Getting to know your lecturers

Unlike school, uni was not imposed on you. So make the most of it by engaging with your lecturers – ask questions, get their advice, make them know your name. It will help you throughout your studies, in finding your interests and most importantly, it will help you when it is time to leave uni!

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7. You need to do you

Saved the best for last: stress is definitely going to take the best of you at some points. You need to find things that work for you – if you are not a morning person, don’t force yourself to study in the morning. If you have spent 8 hours in the library, no matter how much you have left, grab a drink with your friends and relax. Take care of yourself first and foremost!

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