ts3: university life

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@hannakstudies first year university advice!

After completing my first year at university, I have wisdom to share to anyone thinking of starting university! *this advice is from personal experience and may differ slightly to other people’s views*

(I attend university in England, so some points may not be applicable, but I will try my best to make this post useful for everyone!)

If you have any queries feel free to message me :)

Personal university life advice

  • Firstly, let me make it clear: university is weird to begin with. You’re suddenly responsible for what/when you eat, responsible for the amount of work you do (no parents around to kick you off of Netflix!!!), and other domestic things e.g. laundry and food shopping
  • My advice for first term is just to get out there. Try and meet as many people as you can, spend time getting to know the people around you… there is nothing sadder than hearing about people living in a flat with people they barely know for the entire year
  • Join the societies/sports clubs you’re interested in, it’s a great way to meet new people and is a bit of away time from work! (only joining 1 society this year is one of my biggest regrets)
  • The number one essential item on any shopping list: a door stop. In most English university halls, people are allocated a room to themselves, most in a corridor format. Having a doorstop means that on the first day people will walk past your room and say hey. My university moving in days were staggered, so some people moved in before others, so having your door open lets people know you’re there!

 Food and drink advice

  • Try and eat healthily. Many people think that buying a lot of vegetables/fruit/pulses ends up becoming very expensive compared to cheap processed alternatives such as pizza and microwave meals. However, bulk cooking is your saviour. Find a recipe you like, cook a whole batch of it and then refrigerate or freeze (if appropriate) for other meals. Once you divide the cost by servings, healthy food can actually turn out quite cheap.
  • Obviously, the infamous packet noodle/other student guilty pleasure is a must. There is no shame. Many a day I have eaten multiple packs of instant noodles (and I love it.)
  • Try and bulk cook in exam season – reduces the stress of cooking everyday (alternatively, treat yourself to a cheeky pizza)
  • Cutting out meat for a few meals a week (or going completely vegetarian) can also reduce the sum of your shopping bill. Replacing a few meals meat with tinned beans and other pulses etc. can help lower the cost and also provide a healthy alternative!!!
  • Tupperware. Lots and lots of Tupperware.
  • The only fresh fruits I buy on a weekly basis are: apples, oranges and bananas. Everything else is frozen fruit. I find that on the whole frozen fruit is of a better quality, lasts longer (obviously), and can be cheaper. So if you’re thinking of treating yourself to a tasty smoothie, I would always suggest frozen berries and mangoes etc. rather than fresh (it also removes the need for ice, handy!!!)
  • Another important point to mention is alcohol. At university, especially within England, there is a large drinking culture. This is okay if you enjoy drinking, however, if you don’t want to drink, don’t. Don’t feel pressured in to drinking if you don’t want to. There is nothing wrong with not drinking, even if you want to drink one time and not the other. As long as you feel comfortable yourself, that is all that matters. Its also highly likely there will be other people who also don’t drink, so you wont be alone :)

Student work

*this section is incredibly personal to my learning experience and my learning habits, so may not work for everyone* 

  • The number one rule I have learnt this year is: NO ALL NIGHTERS. EVER. I did a few when I had a load of work backed up and also had a module test the following morning, it never worked for me. I always felt ill due to lack of sleep, which was very distracting. I also then felt exhausted for many days afterwards. It was usually never worthwhile either, because I would never do as well compared to if I had just slept and worked a little in the morning.
  • There are also debates on note-taking methods in lectures. I tried three ways: solely listening to the lecturer and then writing notes up after the lecture, writing notes in the lecture electronically, and writing notes by hand in the lecture. Of these three, writing notes up in the lecture was more beneficial. If I waited until after, especially when I had 5 lectures in a day, I found that I was falling behind very quickly. Also, I’m reeeeeally slow at typing, so that’s a no-go.
  • Another golden nugget of advice on notes: make them neat/legible and get them all done way before exams (or even the break before exams) – this helps massively = less stress and more revision can be done from the notes
  • HANNAH’S NUMBER ONE RULE OF REVISION? USE REVISION CARDS. And I don’t mean your standard wall of regurgitated information. I mean question cards. Question on one side, info on the back. Recalling information is a great way of learning information!
  • My revision card method: organise your revision cards into topics (I did mine by module and then by lecture), go through the bundle and organise into three piles: I know it; I know it kinda but need to do it more and I haven’t got a clue.

From this, then put the ‘I know it’ cards to one side and go through all the others. Keep organising them into three piles and work your way through the pack, going over them again and again. 

Money saving tips:

  • Reduced food from supermarkets is an easy way to save money on food (the food is mostly reduced in the evenings), I find refrigerating the food means it will last for a couple of days past the sell-by date, although I would always check the food before you eat it, just in case! (I also don’t know how it applies to meat as I don’t eat it)
  • Try to save money on laundry by making sure you fully load the washing machine rather than half filling it and wasting money on two washes
  • Don’t be embarrassed by buying ‘value’ supermarket brand items, some things don’t need a fancy label and are basically the same product but 1/3rd of the price
  • Recycle! Old glass bottles etc. can be used for decoration such as wine bottles as vases!
  • I love charity shops. I buy a lot of clothes from charity shops and they also do loads of great bric-a-brac! I know many people don’t feel comfortable buying second hand items, however I was raised to love them and they have honestly saved me a fortune! Also, some clothing items e.g. knitted jumpers are much better quality than your average high-street shop and much much cheaper.
  • Group buying items on a special deal. Don’t want 2 packets but don’t wanna pay the normal price?? Ask a friend to go halves!
  • If durable goods are on sale, don’t be afraid to stock up! I have a plastic box under my uni bed where I keep durable foods that I don’t need just yet

 I hope this advice helps you guys out!


O7.O3.17 // Guyss, I’ve been to Venice and to Milan this weekend 😍 I’ve done a lot of things and I had a lot of fun. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m glad I did it.

Though I’m really tired and I’m going to leave for Prague tomorrow. It’s exhausting but I’m going to do it 💪🏼 I will post a photo of Prague too !

ps. this week I’m going to miss some classes but these trips are for my name’s day (5th) and for my birthday (12th).
when will I ever have the chance to visit other beautiful cities? I prefer enjoy these little things now.