What to expect in your first year of University

Hi guys,

Going to University can be a very scary time in your life. It’s most likely to be your first time moving out of home to a new area all on your own. Before I attended University I had always been quite independent. The longest that I had been home alone for without my parents was two weeks where I did my own cooking, cleaning and washing whilst my parents were on holiday and even then I felt homesick and a little bit lost. Thankfully my friends drove me to and from college and hung out with me and my Mum taught me how to cook!

Living in a new town or city where you don’t know your way around and in a new flat with people you don’t know is quite a daunting experience to get your head around. Then there is the university which is a whole new learning experience with a lot more pressure than anything that you’ve previously experienced.

My best advice would be to embrace the experience. I was so excited about living on my own because I could decorate a new bedroom, experience true independence, and cook my own meals as well as also making some new friends in which I would hopefully have for life.

Shoutout to Amy and Kayleigh – the best flat mates and friends a girl could ask for!

Unfortunately for me, I had some issues with my accommodation as I had picked a new build which happened to be two months late thanks to the company Wilmot Dixon!! I stayed in a hotel for two months and I have done a total of 10 moves this year. Be warned that if you pick a new build it could be late meaning you go into temporary accommodation or a hotel for some time. It did make me even more thankful for my lovely new halls when I moved in however!



Freshers week was a completely new experience for me as before University I hadn’t really experienced going to nightclubs and being up past 11:30. Back in college, I was more of a gig girl going regularly to London to see my favourite artists in small venues and then usually heading straight home. Clubbing is defiantly a very different experience to gigs but I’ve found out that it’s a fun and social experience in which I now enjoy doing semi-regularly with my girl friends in order to catchup and have some fun.

14355722_549743008554246_2782076926323954088_n.jpgI enjoyed freshers week a lot more than I had expected to. I made some new friends, danced until my feet hurt and experienced a few hangovers. Even if you’re not the typical clubbing person I would highly recommend going to freshers week every single night. It’s such a great experience that you will most likely only enjoy once and freshers week is also a great opportunity to make some new friends and get rid of that homesick feeling.

In terms of lectures and University, I would recommend socialising with your course mates, listen to your lectures and ALWAYS take notes even if your lecturers are uploaded to an online platform. Staying organised and up to date will be your best friends when it comes to your degree.

Don’t fall behind. 

Check out my; Back To School Tips blog post!


You’re so lucky to have been accepted into university and not everyone is lucky enough to be able to attend University so don’t take it for advantage and if you feel that you’ve picked the wrong course YOU CAN transfer courses at the same university or local universities. Lecturers are there to support you as well as teach you so if you’re unhappy don’t be afraid to tell someone!

Have fun and a big well done and getting into University. You’ve worked hard to get this far so keep working hard and soon it will pay off I promise!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or tweet me @Laurenblogs_

– Laureno, XO

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