Life moments: Leaving home for the first time and settling in at university
Without a doubt, one of the biggest moments in someone’s life is leaving home for the first time. In many cases, this is when teens fly the nest and head to university for their first term.
At Big Yellow, we’d like to help you on your way. Here’s a few helpful hints to ensure your first term away from home runs smoothly.
Learn to cook
A great way to make friends is with a food offering. A few skills in the kitchen will go a long way, and soon enough you’ll have friends come knocking for something other than beans on toast. Stir fries, chilli con carne and simple pasta sauces are a good place to start. Also think about making meals in batches, which you can store in the freezer until needed.
Sit down with your parents to have a chat about budgeting – they may be able to teach you a thing or two, making sure your money lasts each month. There’s a good choice of student bank accounts available that offer up to a £4,000 overdraft. It’s also worth looking for one with perks, such as a student rail card.
Your possessions are important, so have a think about things you might need to insure. Double check they’re not covered on your parents’ policy before you take out a separate one. There’s different options you can do – look into taking out contents insurance, or insuring items individually such as your bike, laptop or tablet.
Home from home
Your bedroom for the next year will be your only haven for comfort, for sleeping and for chilling out. Oh, and essay writing. With this in mind, think about how you can make it your own. Photographs for your wall make great talking points with your new friends. Comfy cushions add a bit of colour, while a handy door stop will ensure you can be social without leaving your room.
Bring on the holidays
So you’ve made it through your first year, and you’ve settled into your environment. Instead of packing up and bringing all your stuff back home for the summer before you move into your new house, why not store it locally with us at Big Yellow? We offer student storage, and you can get 50% off for up to eight weeks.
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