I am aware that this post is going to make me sound a bit like a nagging mum, however your first week of uni can become a bit of a mess of getting to know people and general admin bits and it’s quite easy to get to the end of it having ticked nothing of your to-do list. Here’s a brief version of my first week to-do list to help you out.
1. Register for a doctors surgery
I was actually really late to the party with this one, but I eventually signed up through my uni as they were handing out registration forms. The problem with doing it this way is that you might not get registered to the surgery closest to you or the one with the most doctors (whatever your preference is!) so it’s a good idea to do your research first. I didn’t actually know where my doctors surgery was until I needed to go, which isn’t really the best way of doing things! Also, I originally put it off because I hadn’t been to the doctor’s since I was about eight and figured I didn’t really need to register. However, it was definitely worth it as I’ve been more times in the past year than I have in my whole life (apparently I’m now really prone to UTI’s… fab) so you might as well register early instead of when you need to, as it can take up to 7 days to register properly.
2. Make sure you enrol at university
Sounds stupid, but obviously this is pretty important. My uni reminded me about enrolment and I enrolled with the rest of my course, but if this isn’t the case just make sure you remember to do it! You’ll probably get email reminders and all sorts, and I can’t say I know anyone who didn’t enrol, but it’s something to bear in mind that you need to do!
3. Sort out your transport to university
If you’re in London, register for a student oyster card as soon as you’ve enrolled. If your primary method of getting to uni is going to be by bus or train, consider getting a railcard and searching for student deals on bus passes. Railcards are also useful for travelling home. My train fare home only costs about £12 a time, so I didn’t bother getting a Railcard until my second year, but actually the discount is about £4 a journey which means I essentially get a free trip every fourth trip I make.
4. Get a campus tour
Yawn. But do you really want to be wandering round lost in your first week? If you don’t get a tour from a tutor, get a group of friends together and just explore the campus together. Just simple things like finding the library and knowing what time the canteen opens are going to be important, and will help you feel settled in much quicker.
5. Visit the Fresher’s fair
This might not be in your first week, but whenever it is you should go. You don’t necessarily have to join a society or participate in anything, but it’s a good way of getting to know what’s on offer at your uni – plus you’ll get a ton of free stuff!
6. Check out your timetable
This comes after enrolment and may not apply to everyone if your timetable isn’t online, but if you’re planning on getting a job it’s a good idea to have a look and see when your lectures are. Whenever you do get your timetable it’s a good idea to just sit down with it for 10 minutes and familiarise yourself with it. I was in at different times most days in my first year, so it can be a bit confusing at first!
Is there anything you think I’ve missed? Let me know!
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