Fresh Advice for Freshers

It’s 2017, the year of the rooster (irrelevant, but maybe some of you are big rooster fans, I don’t know), and we’re back again for another year of excitement!

It also happens to be move-in time. Move-in is both extremely exciting and nerve-wracking and, yes, it can be stressful. But that’s okay, because we’re not particularly fond of stressing out so we’ve spoken to some of our returning residents and there’s some things they’d really love to tell you about moving in and starting your residential life on the right foot.

So, without further adieu, here are the the Top 9 pieces of advice our residents have for you!

Try not to over pack

You may think you need to bring every single item of clothing that you own just in case, but trust us: you don’t. Remember that you’re moving into a room, not a whole other house so you don’t need to bring everything from your room at home. Take a look at your packing list and prioritise – if it’s not that important, leave it at home. Plus, there are no rules that say you can’t go and get it or have it sent to you later!

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But there are some things you should bring with you…

  • Your cutlery and cooking equipment. Unfortunately, Student Living doesn’t supply kitchen equipment, so you’ll need to bring your own! That includes plates, bowls, cutlery (fork, spoons & knives), and pots and pans.
  • A fan* for those inevitable 40 degree days. Newcastle gets really hot and some of our residences don’t have air con, so bringing a fan is in your best interest (assuming you don’t want to melt). Hot days come quick and with no warning, so don’t get stuck trying to buy a fan only to realise that they’ve sold out!
  • A spare set of sheets and a spare towel. Yours will get dirty and there will be days when you’ll want to avoid the laundry at all costs. Bringing a spare means you can procrastinate for another week and not sleeping in dirty sheets is just a bonus!

*Please note: Student Living doesn’t allow portable air conditioners and it’s your responsibility to make sure the fan you bring meets Australian safety standards.

Don’t be nervous

Moving away from home can seem really scary, but once you settle in and start meeting all the new people you’ll be living with, those nerves will disappear.

Getting involved with our ResLife program is a great way to get more comfortable and to meet different people from all the other residences, so make sure to try out for your favourite sporting team and attend all of the awesome Student Living events and activities!

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Be a good roommate

Don’t be that guy (or gal) who steals other people’s food, bashes around in the common areas at 3am or decides not to do the washing up that week. If you’re in a shared space, respect the other people that you live with.

Save in advance

Having a weekly budget is all well and good in theory, but we know there’s a slim chance that you’ll stick to it for the first week. The first week on-campus is full of unforeseen money-spending, like buying textbooks, so we recommend to start saving your money before you arrive so you can check your bank account with a smile on your face.

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It’s okay to ask questions

Like your favourite high school teacher once said to you: there is no such thing as a dumb question. Living on-campus means you get access to a 24/7 support network, so if you need help with your studies, if you’re feeling homesick or maybe you just don’t know where to collect your mail – we’re here to help!

Classes come first

Surprise! You’re actually here to study. Living on-campus is a blast, but it can sometimes be full on because there’s always something going on. And that’s okay, but don’t forget to take some time out for yourself and work hard to get that degree (or degrees, if you’re about that double degree life) because that’s what you came here for.

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Everyone settles in at their own pace

If you don’t feel like you’re instantly clicking with on-campus living or university life like everyone else, don’t panic. Everyone gets comfortable at their own speed, so don’t let the initial experience put you off. Jumping between the HSC and self-directed learning is a process – just remind yourself why you chose your degree and try to pick electives that you’re interested in (if you can) to take some of the edge off.

This also might be the first time you’ve moved out on your own, but it’s okay, you’ve gained a whole new family on-campus! Just remember to give yourself some time to adjust.

Be yourself

Cliche? Yes. But it’s also true. In the wise words of our Space Queen Carrie Fisher, “I must be who I am and people adjust to it.” You don’t need to reinvent yourself when you get to uni or try to talk yourself up, it’s so much easier to be who you are instead of pretending to be someone you’re not.

9 tips not enough? Take a look at what some more of our residents had to say!

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