Thousands of students are gearing up to start further Education in Northampton and in towns and cities across the UK. When starting college or university for the first time there are a few things to think about.
Before heading off for college or university make sure your finances are all under control, this could prove crucial. You don’t want to be running out of money to pay for the essentials such as accommodation, food, utility bills and university equipment such as books etc and you don’t want to be missing out on nights out because you can’t afford to go.
If you don’t have one already look at opening up a bank account. Many high street banks offer special student accounts but it’s a good idea to shop around to make sure you get the most suitable account for you.
Find out when any student loans or financial help will be paid to you to help you budget, also find out when your bills will be due, this way you won’t be caught out.
Insurance and TV Licence
In case of the worse insure your belongings so you will be able to easily replace them.
If you are going to be watching TV in your student accommodation don’t forget a TV license, if you are caught with out one you could face huge fines. To find out more about TV licensing visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk
Check out your accommodation before you go if possible and find out if your rent covers any utility bills. If you are sharing with other people try to organise how the bills and costs will be split.
Look for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and find out when they were last checked.
Make sure all windows and doors have good locks on them as some insurance companies will not pay out if you don’t have adequate locks.
Find the out the bus timetable so you don’t turn up to class late. If you have a car, enquire about parking.
Before you start your course check to see if there is any preliminary reading required and make sure this is completed before term begins.
Depending on the type of accommodation you are staying in you will need to bring along some household items with you. This could range from laptops to pots and pans. Plan what you will need to bring with you well in advance of going so you don’t end up forgetting anything.