So I’ve been living up in Oxford on my own for a month now so I thought it was about time that I updated you with what I’ve learnt in the past four weeks.
1. Budgeting is key. As much as we all like to hit up Topshop after a long day of studying, is it really the best idea? I’ve converted to a Primark lover and it’s my go to shop for any basics I need. I allow myself a treat now and then though, maybe a cheeky new mascara here and a new pair of trackies there.
2. Leave your door open. In my eyes there would be nothing worse than living with someone who locks themselves away in their room all day. How antisocial? Just make sure you leave your door open even if you’re just doing work or listening to music, it makes it a lot easier for everyone to socialise with each other.
3. It’s completely okay not to go out every night of the week. Stay in with your friends, cook some scrummy dinner, watch a film and then have an early night. I know which I prefer.
4. Writing letters is fun. Something I never thought I’d say but it’s true. The excitement of getting home from college to read a letter or card from home is such an uplifting feeling and cheers you up big time. It’s actually one of the things I look forward to most when I finish college everyday.
5. Budget brands are the way forward. Forget your Hellman’s Mayonnaise, ASDA’s own is where it’s at.
6. Pint glasses are necessary. There’s nothing worse than a small glass of squash or beer that disappears in five seconds.
7. A cosy room is the key to life. Use fairy lights and photos to snazz it up! Click here to see a recent blog post on my room!
8. You won’t get on with everyone. It’s a big change going from your group of friends at home to meeting a huge mix of people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Not everyone is going to get on with everyone and if you do then congrats!
9. A heated airer is the best invention ever. It was mum’s idea to bring a heated airer with me to make drying clothes a breeze rather than a chore and it works. Everything dries so quickly and I hardly ever need to iron something as the creases drop out. Mine is from Amazon for around £80 but there are definitely cheaper ones out there!
10. You won’t miss home as much as you think you will. I knew I wouldn’t be desperate to run home every weekend but I’m surprised with how well I’ve coped. It’s hard to completely adapt your whole lifestyle to live at uni or college and sometimes you just want to curl up in your bed at home with your Mum or someone you love but for me, it’s a rare feeling. I’ve missed everyone at home so much; my family, Toby, friends I work with and even the regulars at the pub, but I’m normally so busy with work, blogging or just having a good time to think about it. And don’t forget, we don’t live in the stone ages, you can always pick up the phone or facetime!
What did you learn from living at uni?