By Michelle Coull

So you’ve got your applications in and now you may think it’s simply a waiting game until you hear back from universities.

But there’s a lot which can be achieved before those university offers start rolling in.

Have you considered preparing for university interviews?

Are you confident of your grades if you get a conditional offer? It may be worth researching the UCAS clearing process if there are any doubts.

The university application process may be over, but have you really thought about how to prepare for university? Have you drawn up a uni essentials list?

University term times may seem a long way off, but you’d be surprised how quickly everything starts to happen.

So when do universities give offers? You may think that’s a long way off, but depending on the popularity of the course, offers could be sent out within four weeks of the application closing date.

And where interviews are mandatory, you may find yourself invited along fairly quickly – so be ready to impress.

University start dates usually follow the pattern of September to December for the first semester, but it’s well worth checking out the websites of your chosen universities to familiarise yourself with the timetables.

And here are just a few tips, given by students themselves, to think about over these next crucial months as you decide on the course your life as a student is going to take.

Domestic skills

Cooking, sewing, ironing… which of these skills are you missing? If you’re leaving home to study, it’s time to get your parents to start training you to be more self sufficient.


Have you looked into your student loan - how much you’ll get and what day of the week/month it goes into the bank? If you’ll need a part-time job, it’s time to get references ready.


How are you initially getting there with all of your belongings? And when you get there, how easily can you get around campus? It’s worth researching public transport links.

Making friends

If you’re nervous about making new friends, start checking out clubs and societies you could join, or look into getting flatmates.

Medical needs

If you take medication, stock up before you go, or find out how to register with a GP near uni.

Make a file

Get a folder ready for digital copies of all important documents – student loan details, rental agreements, confirmation of university offers.

Most importantly, enjoy the time you have left at home. Be sure to spend time with loved ones you might not see for a while, and make a list of email addresses or contact numbers so you don’t lose touch while you’re studying.


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