Tags – Common Worries When Starting University 


Starting university can be a scary experience.

With a rollercoaster of emotions, there’ll be a few things to get in order before you go.

Don’t worry if you’re feeling a little anxious – you’re not the only one!

Ultimately, change can take a while to get used to.

But, at university there is a strong supportive community in place as many students, and staff, are going through a similar change.

It’s worth noting here, that over half of students who live out in their first year of university found it easier than they expected.

Let’s look into what the top 4 common worries when starting university are.


1. Leaving Home

The build up to leaving home can be very nerve-wracking, especially if you haven’t lived away from the family home before.

And actually, as exciting as it can be, packing your things and saying goodbye to your family will never be easy.

At the same time, new responsibilities such as paying bills, cooking and cleaning, managing money etc. can be quite overwhelming, particularly when this is usually done for you.

As such, it’s a good idea to start familiarising yourself with domestic life a couple months before you start to give you a better idea of what to expect and how to carry out these tasks so that you feel better prepared to leave home.

All in all, cooking your first meal may be a struggle, but you will get used to it eventually!


2. Meeting New People

Wouldn’t it be a dream if you could go to university with your childhood school friends?

Meeting new people is a worry most people face when starting university.

So remember, you’re not alone!

And actually, because everyone will be in the same boat, it can help you to bond with new flatmates or other freshers that you’ll meet along the way.

To overcome your nerves, the best thing is to throw yourself into the deep end and introduce yourself; try to avoid sitting alone in your room.

Simply, be yourself and ask questions like where are you from? What are you studying? What music are you into?

Doing so will help you quickly find common ground and conversation will flow naturally.

Keep in mind, you won’t get along with everyone, but always be polite and friendly and you will find people who you really connect with.


3. Workload

Starting a new course, whether 3 or 4 years can be a daunting thought.

Even though you’ll be dedicated to studying a course you’ve chosen, many new students worry about their new workload and how they will cope.

However, keep in mind that university takes a few years for a reason; there is a lot to learn and develop within your chosen subject area.

Of course, the work is going to be very different to what you’ve experienced before, but if you do feel like you’re struggling, your lecturers and student support services are there to help you.

As such, don’t struggle in silence – reach out and take action!


4. Money 

Finances can be a concern for most people, let alone students!

With maintenance grants being cut and tuition fees rising, it’s no surprise money is a common worry. 

However, if you’re worried you won’t have enough money to get you through an entire semester, it may be worth taking up a part time job.

In fact, there may be opportunities on your campus with jobs at the Students’ Union – typically will work around your studies.

Doing so will give you the extra monies to spend when you’re doing the food shop (or a night on the town!), as well as add valuable work experience to your CV. 


The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, going to university and living out on your own is the ultimate learning experience.

Before you know it, you’ll have stopped thinking about home and become immersed in student life and most of all, you’ll be having fun living this new, independent life!

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