First Year University Experience

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Apparently I’ve just finished my first year at university? I say apparently because I have no idea where those 9 months have gone, they have quite literally flown by. I didn’t really get off to the best start at university, don’t get me wrong, the first 3 months were amazing, but upon returning after the Christmas break it just went to absolute shambles. I missed home, my mental health was awful and I was just unhappy. Having said this, I’m in a much better place now, a few more months down the line, and I’m bloody excited for second year, I cannot tell you.

Here’s what my first year at university was like…it was an interesting one that’s for sure.

Halls – Halls are both the best and worse places to live. You’ll attend some of the best flat parties ever, and meet some of the best people, that’s the good part. The trouble started when people didn’t clean up after themselves and started taking my food. To be fair my flat mates weren’t terrible, but I’m pretty sure I was the only one that even touched the hoover the entire time we were living there, I must have been the only one that knew how to use a disinfectant wipe for the kitchen as well… Another thing that I never thought I’d have to deal with is someone taking my food, to be fair it was only tea and ketchup of mine that went walk abouts, but still, am not one for sharing any food, particularly my tea.

Money – Money wasn’t too big of a concern to me, as I had worked very hard the summer previous to save up enough to get me through it. What I wasn’t best pleased with is that I got the smallest amount of student loan, how any student is meant to live on that is beyond me. But I mustered through nonetheless, next year I plan on not being so protective over it, just spend it and enjoy myself, after all university will only happen once for me – I don’t want to look back on it and think, oh I wish I hadn’t been so tight and gone out more.

Freshers Week – I was the unfortunate one that got struck down with freshers flu within the first 4 days of moving in, so I only really enjoyed the first week. Freshers was an interesting one for me because I don’t drink a lot, I was always the one that people would come to in the morning to ask how much they had ruined their lives the night previous thanks to one too many cocktails.

Lectures – I absolutely loved my lectures, I think I may be the only student to ever say that? So I study Textile Design which is of course very practical, therefore it was always nice to have a lecture once or twice a week to shake things up. I struggled with sitting still for so long when I first joined, but I soon got used to it.

Friends – I have made some of the best friends at university, who I will definitely have for life. Like anything in life you’re never going to get along with everyone and this became apparent to me within the first couple of months, but this didn’t matter as long as I had my little group. Making friends I didn’t struggle with too much, I think this was down to me just faking my confidence and talking to literally everyone, had I not done this I’m sure it would have been a much different story.

My first year could have gone a lot better, but overall it was a massive learning curve, I now definitely know what I would/will be doing differently come September!

Any of you who have been to university, what was your first year experience like? This always interests me!

All my love,



7 thoughts on “First Year University Experience

  1. I got the minimum student loan too and do not understand how people survive off it. I ended up getting a part-time job to help pay for everything that the student loan wouldn’t cover (it wouldn’t even cover half my rent for the year) and eventually had to get a loan from my parents for the last term. On the other hand, I know people who got the maximum student loan and did not have a part-time job who would go out every weekend and buy rounds of shots and still have money left-over, so the system is definitely not fair but alas, what can one do?! xx


  2. I had a very tough first year of Uni.. I studied day and night (frequently fell asleep riding home in the trolleybus) and I had a summer “learning camp” (part of the curriculum) in July (all 4 weeks!) and in August I had my first niche job. So between 1st and 2nd year I had no break what so ever. 😀 But I survived and 3 years later got a degree in Natural Sciences Biology field. woo hoo! (P.S. I now do digital marketing as my day job 😉 :D)
    Madara |

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  3. Glad you’re enjoying it! And good luck for this year as well! I did 4 years at university (undergrad + 1 year of masters) and was stuck on the minimum loan the whole time, literally drove me insane watching the money the whole time! Definitely, suggest just working over the holidays and try to get your parents to bulk buy with you if possible… (Sounds ridiculous… but Costco toilet roll girl! It’s so much cheaper bulk buying the basics so you don’t need to worry about it!)

    I managed to shop at Waitrose/M&S the whole way through uni though, so if you’re organised it’s definitely manageable! Just be prepared that it might get expensive out of halls!

    Katie |

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    1. Thank you lovely! Is so frustrating seeing everyone else be so careless with their money all whilst I’m counting religiously what I spend – glad I’m not the only one though! My parents only tend to come and visit me once a month because I’m so far away, but I definitely make use of them and majorly bulk buy when they do visit! x


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