"Everybody has pre-university nerves and concerns – we asked several sixth forms and colleges what theirs were – do any sound familiar?"
"Use the Clearing vacancy search at ucas.com to find courses. Contact the university for availability and then if you’re offered a place, add it as your Clearing choice in Track."
"Draw up a ‘finance checklist’ before you go – look at what your sources of income are, what your regular outgoings will be and look to see what you can cut down on."
"Find the right student bank account – check their overdraft options and find out if they offer any other perks like a free Young Persons Railcard."
"Never pay full price for anything. Apply for your NUS card & sign up for student discount newsletters before you go."
"Plan your budget for Freshers and the rest of term ahead of time. This will prevent you from spending too much in the first week and having nothing left until the next loan instalment."
"Make the most of your time left at home by cooking a meal for your family. You’re in charge of the menu and it’s a nice way to thank them for all their help."
"Find some basic cookbooks or apps now and start practising. Bookmark your favourites and ask for your parents’ secret recipes."
"Try something new and meet new people: research the sports clubs your uni offers and plan to try at least one, then see if they’ll be at the Freshers Fair."
"Learn how to use a washing machine. It’s also a good idea to start putting coins aside for the campus washing machine and dryer."
"Look online at the society pages and make a note of the societies you want to visit. Go to some society taster sessions to sample them before you sign up at the Freshers’ Fair."
"Follow your SU, university course and halls of residence on social media. It’s a great way to find people ahead of moving day so that you already know someone when you arrive."
"Don’t fall into the trap of eating junk food at university just because it’s convenient. Check out some healthy recipes before you go so you won’t be tempted to turn to snacks. "
"You’ll be sent a core reading list before you start your course. Use this to compare book prices online and order them beforehand- it often works out much cheaper."
"Make a list of items you use at home that aren’t obvious essentials so you remember to take these with you. If you regularly use your pizza slicer or microwave egg poacher- don’t forget to pack it!"
"Is an all access wristband worth the money? If you're considering a quiet night in, do the maths and see if it's such a great deal after all."
"Student jobs can fill up very quickly come September so register your CV with your uni Jobshop beforehand. Many offer online matching services, job fairs and interview advice."
"Take fancy dress items with you as there’s bound to be some themed nights out during your first few weeks. Cardboard boxes, school ties, onsies or anything neon is a good start!"
"Is taking absolutely everything in your room a great idea? If you’ve anything in your belongings that you’d be very upset about losing, maybe keep it back at home."
"Visit your SU website to see how you can get involved with clubs and societies, as these will keep you in the university loop. Attend freshers events too – they’re a great chance to meet people!"
" “Stick your iPod on then mate”- We’ve all been there - what do you do? Get a playlist together now so Celine Dion doesn't belt out, ruining the party vibes."
"List and pack the essentials - don’t spend a fortune stocking up on everything. You and your new housemates can split the cost of extras when you get there, rather than having four of everything."
"There’s a lot to remember on the day, so write up a checklist of all the things you need to remember. in advance. Even better; download and print off our ready made one here!"
"Make sure you pack your ID, accommodation confirmation and other important documents – print them off beforehand and keep them together in an easy-access place."
"The Freshers Ball is the biggest event of the semester and the perfect opportunity to cement new friendships. Remember to pack something suitable so you can dress to impress!"
"Make the move to university before your freshers week officially begins. That way, you can settle in, introduce yourself and break the ice with your flatmates before the fun starts."
"Plan who you want to visit at your Freshers’ Fair before you go, by using the University website. Make sure to pick up some of the freebies; bottle openers come in handy!"
"Pack a few familiar items from home, such as pictures or ornaments. This can help to ease any homesickness and brighten up your dull room!"
"Buy a first aid kit and some store cupboard medications like painkillers and Vitamin C. You’ll be more susceptible to the Freshers’ Flu (and maybe the odd hangover!) during your first year, so stocking up is a must."
"You’re all set for a great first year at University! To get the most out of uni, make sure you regularly visit the hub, where you can get even more helpful tips and advice."