5 of the most common fears about going to university
If you’ve applied to go to university later this year, it’s natural to feel a mixture of emotions at this stage. You’ll no doubt be excited about the prospect of taking your studies and skills to the next level – ready for a successful professional career – but you may also be nervous about what lies ahead; it’s the unknown after all!
This article is designed to put your mind at ease and discuss the most common fears that you and your potential course mates are likely to have about going to university.
Moving away from your family
Yes, it’s not going to be easy saying goodbye to your parents on moving day. You’ve lived with them for 17-18 years non-stop and you’ve always had them to fall back on when things have gone wrong. But living away at university should be seen as a positive experience; one that moulds you into the adult you are in later life. Remember, your folks will always be at the end of a phone for a catch-up and can always pop up for a weekend visit if necessary; but we’re pretty sure you’ll be having too much fun with your friends for that!
Struggling for money
With tuition fees as high as ever, it’s no surprise that you might have concerns about how you’re going to fund your student lifestyle. If you’re that concerned about running out of money and paying the rent, you might have to consider seeking part-time employment. Your university’s Student Union will almost certainly have a list of available positions and you can always be proactive and venture out to the local retailers, bars and restaurants to see if any casual work is possible.
Making new friends
It’s important to remember that on your first day of university, you’re all in the same boat. Going to live in a place where none of your lifelong friends are can seem like a scary prospect, but this shared experience will help you to quickly form close bonds with course mates and housemates. Universities have a plethora of societies that you can join and meet like-minded people with the same interests too, so you’ll never have to worry about fitting in – just be yourself!
Finding suitable accommodation
Student accommodation often gets a bad rep. It’s nowhere near as dingy as it may have been in the past. Today, there are a wealth of university halls of residence and university-approved private housing which can provide you with a safe and comfortable roof over your head while you study. When you rent a student home with SPCE, you can be sure that any problems with your new home can be dealt with via your landlord in the SPCE app. Simply log in and request a fix to be dealt with as soon as possible by your landlord.
Realising undergraduate life is harder than at sixth form
There’s no two ways about it, your university studies won’t be a walk in the park. It will be very different to life at sixth form, when you knew everyone in the classroom and could go home to a nice home-cooked meal after class. At university, the onus is on you to plan your time effectively, get up in time for that 9am lecture, do the weekly food shop and complete that essay by the end of the week. It may seem like a daunting prospect, but we want you to view it as a really exciting time in your life; a period in your life that can be whatever you want it to be!