The Pre-University Checklist


You’ve had the offer formally accepted and now it’s only a matter of weeks until you’re off pursuing the student life, ready or not. Here are a few essentials that will prove invaluable for getting started, Fresher’s week and beyond…

pound-414418_960_720Student Account

From a financial standpoint, student life is one long horrible slog filled with uncertainty and supermarket budget range food if done wrong. However the right bank account can go a long way toward making life easier and mostly hassle free when it comes to money, at the very least the Bank of Mum and Dad is kept from being maxed out for a little while longer.

We’ve tracked down the best accounts for the job here for you to choose what suits you.



You never know what is going to happen on any day of the week, and when you’re away from the safety net of home any potential incident will be that much worse to deal with. Luckily there are a few companies out there that specialise in insurance for students that cover every eventuality. So, if you find yourself without a laptop or phone at any time, or any other unthinkable circumstance comes to pass, you can breathe a little easier.

Endsleigh is pretty much the first and last word in student insurance, it helps that their rates aren’t extortionate either.

More info:


children-403582_960_720TV License

Can’t miss the finale of Bake Off? Need your weekly soap fix? Or just looking something to distract you from that one pesky assignment? Well there’s some good news and bad news: good news is there are so many ways of catching up on everything TV related on the interwebs, the bad news is that the government has decided that even on demand services need a TV license, as well as live TV.

The license is on the better side of affordable luckily, and trust me, the amount of threatening letters that take up your living space otherwise isn’t worth the hassle.

Here’s the TV licensing website for more info:


pexels-photoHome Comforts

For a lot of you, this is going to be the first time in your life that you’re free of your parents for 90% of the time. Naturally, this will be a bit of a shock to the system and it can be a difficult transition.

It’s important therefore that you take with you the little things that remind you of home. Be it food, something to sleep on, or a little memento to get you through the difficult homesickness if you don’t have a way of getting home without breaking the bank. It’s a small thing to consider but it can make the world of difference.


openmindAn Open Mind

Lastly, we’re taking a bit of a philosophical route on our list of essentials. University is the best time you’ll ever have, guaranteed. But the only way to ensure that you get the most out of your time there is…just go with it. You’re going to meet so many people with different backgrounds and different opinions and tastes, it can be easy to shut yourself away from the crazy melting pot that is student life.

Your mission though, should you choose to accept it, is to make the most of every opportunity that comes along. The people you’d never usually associate with could be the closest friends you’ll ever make, and the events you’d normally turn your nose up at could be the best memories of your all too brief time as a student.

There’s no better time to get really stuck in than Fresher’s Week, it’s basically a week or two of pure exploration and freedom. Just make sure you get yourself ready for the real work ahead, but we’ll talk about that at another time.

Words by Simon Whitlock.

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