So You Want To Go To University? My Tips For A Stress Free Time

They say your uni years are the best years of your life, and they certainly can be. But I'd argue that being a poor, knackered, perpetually hungover student can come with its challenges though. Going to uni doesn't just mean signing up to somewhere and turning up on the first day of the year. There are a lot of other things to think about. 

Which university is best for you, facilities on site, residency, where you'll live if you're not near to home - all good things to think about before you actually apply. Most universities have a website, so it's best to start off there, like https://allsaintsuniversity.org where you could also get some great tips about student life and beyond. 

So, these are my top tips for surviving your time at university...

Learn how to budget
I mean, let's be realistic here -  you're probably going to be skint quite a lot during your university years, but being permanently penniless is something you can avoid if you take the time to work out a budget, and stick to it, that is. 

The best way to do this, is to put a certain amount of cash on the card every month and assign this as your disposable income (for food, nights out and other expenses) so this stays separate from your cash for rent and bills.

Learn To Cook
Let's face it, no one wants to live off pot noodles, microwave meals and junk food for a couple of years, and to be honest, it's not that difficult to eat properly whilst at university. You just have to spend a short amount of time working out the basics of cooking and how to prepare a few really simple meals. Also, meal planning is a great way to not only have proper cooked food, but save you money in the long run too. 

Ask For Help
This goes for all areas of your life too really. If you're struggling to keep up with coursework, speak to your tutors. If you don't speak up about this stuff, the situation will only get worse as more deadlines pile up. There are so many people you can talk to when it comes to university - other students and friends initially, but if you're struggling then your tutor can come in handy to give you extra help, or just explain something which may be causing you stress.

Don't Focus On Studying All The Time
Going to university isn't about just studying all the time. Do it too much and you'll burn yourself out. Take a break every now and then and get out of the house. Go somewhere to let your hair down, such as White Rabbit, that serves great food and handcrafted ales. 

Relax And Meditate
Meditation is to brain what food is to stomach. It's the only way to calm the brain down in times of restlessness. Meditation is believed to help relieve stress, lessen depression, lower blood pressure and improve sleep memory, mood and even social intelligence. You could even try a range of soothing and calming products, such as these bundles https://madrigalcreatives.com/collections/bundles, to help you along the way. Pop a soothing bath bomb in as the tap runs and just take some time, relaxing in the bath, to give your brain some rest. 

Student Discounts
Let's face it, we're all a little jealous of student discounts. So whilst you have these available to you, milk it for everything you can get. Taking advantage of student discounts is pretty much my number one budgeting tip for uni as this is the one time in your life where you can get discounts just for being skint. Before purchasing clothes, see if you can get a discount, before eating, see if you can get a discount. To be honest, before you do anything, just give it a check - it's actually amazing how much money you're able to save. 


  1. I learned to cook basics from my Mum and Gran when I was a kid, so I was OK at college. I also LOVE baked beans, which helped a lot! Our college also had a catering course, which basically cooked for the refectory, which was very reasonably priced!
    Budgeting is extremely important...

  2. Practical skills - necessary to save and be healthy too - my mamma taught me well