University Life

What can you expect once you get to university?

A day in a life of a Manchester student
(approx. 2 minutes long)

What I wish I'd know before Uni
(approx. 10 minutes)

The following documents from Student Minds provide advice on how to navigate University, to get the most out of this experience:

Know before you go

Helping you to navigate University life

Top Tips for starting Uni

15 of the less obvious things to pack for University


1. Extension lead (s)
2. Playing cards
3. Door stops - to keep your door propped open to welcome new friends
4. Over the door hooks – there is never enough hanging space
5. Plastic containers in different sizes
6. Spare batteries
7. Laundry basket/bag
8. Bluetac
9. Bottle opener
10. Cheap coat hangers
11. Flip-flops for communal bathrooms
12. Copies of ID – passport, driving licence and UCAS offer
13. Old trainers for clubbing
14. Tea towels
15. Your own special mug

Uni students

The link below provides useful tips around budget planning, managing your workload and the importance of keeping in touch with friends and family from home:
Top 10 Tips for starting at University

Freshers week

Surviving Freshers Week - Aston University
(approx. 2 minutes long)

Making friends

Making friends at Uni
(approx. 7 minutes long)

Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance image

Get tips on how to make sure your work life balance is right when studying:
WhatUni? - How to Balance Study and Life at University

Living Independently


Want to know how to apply for University accommodation or find out what it is like to live in student halls? Click on the following links:
The Uni Guide - Applying for student accommodation: Q&A
Five questions to ask yourself when choosing halls
Keele University - Accommodation Guide

Managing you Finances

Piggy bank

For tips on budgeting:
Money Saving Expert - Budget Planner

Visit the Student Finance section of our website to find out more about funding Higher Education.


Baked beans

Impress your new friends with these easy-to-make meals:
Top Ten easiest meals for students
Student Recipes


UNITE - Pros and Cons of doing a placement year
(approx. 11 minutes long)


The University of Bath have lots of student blogs sharing experiences of University life:

Student Bloggers