University or college survival guide


Starting your university or college career is one of the most exciting phases of any young person’s life. What lies ahead is a whirlwind of adventure and growing into your independence.  However, many people do not fully comprehend the challenging nature of the journey until they walk through the campus gates. Here is a guide to help you to manage three of the most challenging aspects of your college/university career.

Finding accommodation at the last minute
If you find yourself stranded and having to seek alternative accommodation at the last minute, here’s what you must do:  

  1. Speak to the student accommodation department at the university and ask them to place you on the waiting list for any openings within their residences. In the case that someone is a no-show as per previous arrangements, space will open up and you will be able to take their place.
  2. Source a list of communes or flats that cater for students and are near the place where you be studying and also accessible with public transport – make sure you speak to other students who are staying there and not just the owner.
  3. Safety is paramount importance no matter where you live, and when you are a student it’s even more important. Ask questions about security measures that are in place at the accommodation, access to emergency services as well as what options there are if you are returning from campus late and feel unsafe about coming home alone.  

Staying focused
While living away from home and close to campus is like a dream come true to many because of the freedom this presents, it is also very important to make sure that you are not so sucked into the social scene that you forget why you are there in the first place.

Plan your days as much as you can.

  • Familiarise yourself with your class timetable and the locations of various lecture halls/classes.  
  • If you do not have all your books or course material, go searching for it at a second-hand bookshop; look out for adverts on the notice board or in social media groups of your institution.    

You might also want to read this article on studying differently for university to help you study correctly for university and college.