September 9, 2019

Hallie

When I got accepted into uni, I was beyond excited to move out, make new friends and start a course I was really interested in.

However, I got a little overwhelmed with all the bits and bobs that I heard you have to sort out before you start. I ended up spending hours of my time researching checklists and making sure I hadn’t forgotten to do anything.

To save you the hassle, I compiled a list of 10 things you should do before you go and during Freshers:

1. Sort out your finances

This probably isn’t the most thrilling thing on this list, but it’s one of the most important. Do your research and open a student bank account. There are loads out there so get the one that’s right for you – some student banks give you freebies when you sign up which is always a bonus. If you’re planning on applying for student finance and/or a maintenance loan, the process is lengthy so make it a priority!

2. Get your jabs (if you need them)

As there are so many people from all over the country (and the world!) at uni, illnesses can spread fast. To prevent getting and spreading infectious diseases, get the MMR vaccine. It’s free for students! Just check with your doctor to see if you haven’t already had it as a child. 

3. Make the most of social media

Cardiff Met have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages you can follow to get the latest info about your course, societies and clubs. There’s also an official Freshers’ Facebook Group you can join.

If you’re moving away from home, make sure you join your halls Facebook page and connect with people who are living there too, especially if they are in your flat or block. A friendly face makes moving in a tad less daunting.

4. Mark your stuff

Make sure you can distinguish your stuff from every other students, especially if you’re going to be keeping it in a communal place like the kitchen. A little bit of tape or a permanent marker will work wonders.

5. Figure out transport

Figure out how you’re going to get to campus before lectures start. Are you brave enough to face the Welsh weather on your commute by walking/biking? If you’re aiming to reduce your contact time with the elements, the Met Rider is a great option! Parking can be scarce and expensive in Cardiff but if you’re adamant that you want to bring your car, make sure you can get a parking permit.

6. Check your timetable

Double check that you’ve enrolled onto the right course and download your personal timetable so you can plan your days a lot better. The uni has a new students section on their website with lots of useful info too – make sure you check it out!

7. Get your kit PAT tested

Get any electricals you are bringing with you PAT tested before moving into your uni halls/house, otherwise you might not be able to use it. Safety first!

8. Take pictures of your room

Take photos of your new uni room before you move in and make sure they have the date on them! This is the best way to ensure you get your deposit back or don’t have to pay a damage excess.

9. Register with the doctors

When at uni, make sure you sign up at the local doctors. It’s better to be safe than sorry and know you have a doctor on hand if you need it.

10. Visit the SU website

Check what societies/clubs you’re interested in joining to make sure you don’t miss visiting them at the Freshers Fayre.

Checklist complete – if you can manage all 10 of these things, starting uni should be a breeze!

Wondering what to expect during Freshers’ Week? Check out our video from last year: