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If you haven’t already been bombarded with leaflets, free lollipops and invitations to join absurd promotional events, you are obviously lucky enough to live in a University with non-aggressive letting agencies nearby. For those of us who do, the mad rush to find a student house to live in for the next academic year could hardly have gone unnoticed. Hunting for housemates, signing contracts, paying deposits… the whole thing is all a bit bewildering.
How much is your food shopping costing you every week? £20, maybe £25? Now we are coming to the very last few weeks of our loan, like many others, your bank account may well be running out of steam - so it’s more important than ever to avoid the infamous overdraft that’s creeping ever closer. By starting to shop and eat smart, you’ll find you can stretch those last few pounds that bit extra.
The typical fresher puts on an average of 15 pounds (or just over a stone!) in their first year at university, so that news may be welcoming to those of you struggling to get into your old pairs of jeans – you’re not on your own! Summer is as good a time as any to cleanse your body of all that junk food you may have been eating over the past year or so and start afresh with a healthy diet that will leave you feeling refreshed.
It’s a nerve-wracking time. Of course, that’s the last thing you need to be told – with manic last-minute packing and enrolment to worry about, you already know. And perhaps you have an inkling of what Freshers’ Week will be like too. But, like many things, it’s hard to know until you’ve actually done it.
Now most of you are at university and settling into halls, I am sure there are a few things you have forgotten to take with you, here is a basic checklist of all the things you need.