Starting university is always stressful. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are 7 tips on how to get settled and make the most of your time during Cardiff freshers.
1. Bring the essentials
Packing up your entire life and moving away is a daunting task. Make sure you don’t leave it to the last minute and only bring what you REALLY need. It’s handy to make a list of essential items so that you don’t forget anything important. You wouldn’t want to leave your ID at home during freshers now, would you?
When you first move to university your accommodation will probably be pretty bare. You’re going to be spending a decent amount of time at your new place, so try to make it as comfortable as possible. Adding furniture and decorations can really breathe some life into your new home.
Make sure you stock up on plenty of hand sanitizer and masks too. We recommend a reusable mask. They’re cheaper in the long run, better for the environment, and look nicer than a disposable one 🙂
If you realise you’ve forgotten something once you arrive, don’t sweat it! You can still get your uni essentials through the Deliverbuzz app, so don’t worry and we’ll deliver it to your accommodation in under an hour!
2. Get to know the local transport
Cardiff is a compact city, and it’s super easy to get around. Although everything can be accessed by foot, this place is perfect for bikes.
Best of all, if you’re a Cardiff Uni student, you can get free access to the OVO Bike scheme (previously known as Nextbike). OVO bikes are rentable bikes that are found all over the city. Students at Cardiff University currently have access to a free annual membership that grants unlimited 30-minute rentals.
If that’s not your thing, then Cardiff also has an affordable bus and train service. The Cardiff Bus app offers a discounted price for 16-21-year-olds, so be sure to take advantage of that.
3. Explore the city
This place is going to be your home for the next few years, so get out there and familiarise yourself with the surroundings ASAP. It will help you settle in and find your way around in the first few weeks.
Cardiff is a charming city that’s full of history. It has some of the best beauty spots around, and there’s always something to get stuck into. You can find activities ranging from sports, cinemas, theatres, bars and parks.
Exploring the city and finding spots you like is a great way to get settled and make friends. Not only is it good to know the local area, but it can help clear your mind if you’re feeling anxious about starting uni.
4. Connect with other Cardiff freshers
Studying for your degree is important, but socialising is too! Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and try new things. Put some time aside to chat with your neighbours and coursemates. It’s a great way to get to know the people you’ll be spending the next few years with.
Make sure you check out the activities taking place on and off-campus. There will be a bunch of events during freshers week. Taking part in as many of these as you can is a great way to meet people.
You should definitely go to freshers fair too. It’s the perfect chance to see what clubs and societies are on offer. Joining a club is a great way to settle in and meet people that aren’t on your uni course!
These are the 2021 freshers groups for universities in Cardiff. You can ask questions and find information on the latest news, events, and societies here. It’s also a great way to connect with people from your university before you even arrive!
5. Experience Cardiff’s nightlife
Cardiff is renowned for its vibrant nightlife. There’s plenty of clubs and pubs in the city centre, all within walking distance of each other. Whether you’re looking for a night of clubbing or just some quiet drinks, you’ll easily find the perfect place for a night out.
If you’re a big partier, then this is probably one of the things you’re most excited about. Lots of pubs and clubs will be hosting student nights for freshers, so make sure you check them out.
If you’re on a night out and find yourself stranded with no money, you can also take advantage of Dragon Taxis’ Safe Taxi Scheme.
Students at Cardiff University, USW, or Cardiff Met can call Dragon Taxis (029 2033 3333) and quote ‘Safe Taxi Scheme’. Give your name and student number, and they’ll take you home. Once you’ve recovered you can pay the fare at your university’s finance office. Make sure you remember though, as you’ll lose access to library and IT services until you pay!
6. Learn some simple cooking
Being a student doesn’t mean that you have to live off ready meals and takeaways. If you’ve never cooked a proper meal in your life, now is the perfect time to learn. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Learning a few simple recipes is a sure way to impress your housemates and save some money! If you’re stuck for ideas, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 easy student recipes to get you started.
7. Don’t stress and have fun!
Starting university can be daunting. Although you may feel a little bit nervous, just remember that everyone will be in the same boat. Make sure you give yourself enough time to finish your assessments and set goals to avoid procrastination. Get a good work/life balance and don’t worry if you have the odd day off.
Good luck and make the most of it!