Starting university is an exciting chapter in anyone’s life, and studies show that year-on-year the student experience is improving as establishments and cities continue to invest time and money on making students feel welcome. If you’re a student moving away from home to a new city to start afresh and enjoy an exciting university experience, then it’s important that you embrace everything that’s on offer and make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We’ve put together a series of ways you can make the most out of everything out there for students so that you can have a great time during your studies and come away with happy memories that will last a lifetime.
Take Every Opportunity To Learn About Local Attractions
In the beginning you might not know much about the city you’ve moved to, so take every opportunity to find out more. From visiting the local Tourist Information Centre to speaking to local shopkeepers and service providers you meet in your everyday life, there are many different ways you can learn about local events and attractions. One great way to find out more about the area you now live in is to communicate with your student accommodation provider. If you live in a managed building, then the chances are that they will know a lot about the local area and be happy to share this information with new students. For example, if you are looking to move to Exeter and stay in student accommodation then some providers offer guides such as Collegiate’s “Exeter The Neighbourhood” and will be able to share their knowledge and experience.
Find New Friends To Make Memories With
One of the first things you should do when you arrive at a new university is to try to find friends to have fun with. Having new friends will help you to feel less homesick and get you out and about exploring your new surroundings. Universities have many different ways to get students interacting with one another, and you could also use an app specifically targeted at students so that you can find likeminded people and really ingratiate yourself into local student society.
Use Public Transport To See More Of The Local Area
It can be tempting to drive when you first go to university so that you can enjoy the luxury of your own transport, but using buses and trains will not only save you money but also help you to see the sights in your new city. There are even companies that provide Student Tours to allow you to see the best student hotspots and culturally relevant properties so you can quickly make yourself at home.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but by using these tips you will be able to make the most of your time at university so that you learn not only the topics you are studying, but also valuable life lessons you can carry with you into the next stage of your professional career.