Moving away to Uni can be quite a daunting experience but you’re certainly not be alone in feeling this. Before you get started, here are some tips whether you move away or stay at home. We want you to have a great experience, so here we go!
Finding a flatmate
If you’re interested in private accommodation and you’re looking for someone to share a flat with, why not check out the Overheard at Strathclyde Group to get started. Our biggest tip is to start looking early!
Explore the Advice Hub housing guides for next steps if you’re struggling to find a flatmate or with housing in general. They’ve got advice on short term options, finding accommodation online and the areas in Glasgow . Jodie, an Advice Hub Advisor, gave her top tips on finding accommodation on our podcast, give it a listen.
Get to know your flatmates
If you’re moving into on-campus halls or even private halls, chances are you’ll meet your new flatmates when you arrive but even before that, why not reach out using the various Freshers’ groups and get a chat going; you’re going to be living together after all!
Planning to move in
If you find your flatmates online before you move it’s a good call to establish who’s doing/bringing what. Once you know what your flat will have and what it won’t, you can save yourself some money and space and buy your flat necessities together (if required). This might stop the “stop using my stuff” arguments too.
Move in week
Establish a cleaning rota
Cleaning up after yourself is, let’s face it, a basic skill that everyone should know. That said, good personal hygiene won’t keep the floors, bins and toilets clean. Get together early on and draft up a schedule on who’s going to clean what and when. As a general rule though, clean up after yourself, dishes and the bathroom especially; no one likes cleaning up after someone else!
Make a group chat
This may seem obvious but make a group chat. You’ll never know when you need to make a group decision or the inevitable “help I’ve locked myself out the flat” or “is there any toilet paper left, I’m at the shops”. Honestly, you’d be amazed how many times people wish they’d done this earlier.
Tell someone if you’re struggling to settle in
It can be tough sometimes to make friends with people you don’t know and now have to live with - little frustrations can escalate into big ones and it might be hard to figure out how to fix them. You could reach out to the staff team at the Student Village office for some support. They can guide you to some options to resolve what’s going on.
Staying at home
As a home student or someone who isn’t living in Student Halls it can sometimes feel that you’re not getting the full University experience. This is a total fallacy - you can get as involved as much or as little as you like. It’s your time, enjoy it!
Make Freshers Count
Get involved as much as you can, branch out and build your network. It's a focused time of year where there are many people in the same boat as you, who are looking to make connections. Try something new, there are literally hundreds of Societies and Sports Clubs to explore, so you’re guaranteed to find something you love.
Don't worry you can engage with most of our Societies and Sports Clubs throughout the year if you don’t sign up at Freshers. There are plenty of other opportunities out there as well, like Volunteering that you might be interested in.