Starting University

Tips for new students – by current London Met student:

Hasti Razaghi’s guide to starting life at London Metropolitan University

Starting university is something new, big and exciting, whether you are moving to a new city or another country.

Most freshers feel nervous, yet elated, and eager to take on the responsibilities that come with living on your own, perhaps for the first time.

When I came to London to start my own new chapter I was anxious but also thrilled. I had previously visited the capital only as a tourist. To actually settle down in a foreign country and start a new phase in my life was a giant adventure.

Leaving family and friends behind in Sweden wasn’t easy, and I admit there were moments where I questioned my decision to leave everything familiar and start anew.

Homesickness took over in the beginning, however studying in London has been one of the best experiences of my life.

London isn’t just about being a student. It’s an amazing city with lots to offer to a variety of people. Something is always going on and many activities and exhibitions are free.

Just travelling around with a camera and exploring the city can be a great day out.

Living in halls can be both a blessing and a curse. It all depends on the people you are sharing with.

There are either the flatmates that you have no trouble with, or there’s the other half who will steal your milk and argue about whose turn it is to empty the rubbish.

Many students manage their time badly, which leads them to stress and procrastinate. Don’t push your deadlines, as it will only make you more annoyed when you get a low mark. Essays and assignments can feel overwhelming.

Try to stay organised, and attend your classes regularly so you don’t miss out on anything important. Being a student in London isn’t cheap.

Planning your monthly spend will enable you to have money left over to enjoy the ‘Big Smoke.’

For you to truly enjoy your time in London, get a part-time job to fund your social life.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to buy all the books on your reading lists from the bookshop. Check out Amazon or eBay, where second-hand books are cheaper.

Other students might want to sell last year’s textbooks as well. Try to be active, as it’s not only good for your health but increases your energy levels.

London has a wide choice of different gyms, university gyms often offer a huge discount for their students. If you don’t want to shell out the cash, go for walks and look for free local activities.

Not everything has to leave a hole in your pocket. Finally, eat well, get plenty of sleep and try not to worry too much. You have chosen to study in one of the world’s greatest cities.

Life is an adventure, and you’ve taken an enormous step toward adulthood. Make the most of it!

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