Student Life Skills

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University provides you with a wealth of experience, but unfortunately it can be an eye-opening experience when moving away from home for a lot of students. Many have no previous experience with things like laundry, cooking, cleaning, and budgeting, so it is important to learn the basics before you make the move to Uni!

With regards to cooking, there are always quick and easy options to get you by, and cooking can seem quite daunting if you have never done it before. However, there are lots of different student cookbooks and online recipes available to keep things simple but get you practicing your cooking skills. Over time, you will become more confident in the kitchen, learn more difficult recipes, and make dishes to your own taste. If you are sharing your accommodation with housemates, it can be a great way to learn and much a cheaper option if you all chip in and cook together.  

Whilst washing and cleaning may be a very dull task, learning how to use a washing machine before you leave for Uni will serve you well. Take a moment at home to learn about the basic wash settings. Having a clean and tidy accommodation is not only good for your health and wellbeing, but it will improve your relationship with your housemates and even your landlord!
Again, budgeting is hardly fun, however it will definitely help you spend more wisely and know how much you have left over after the essentials. Firstly, establish your income, whether that is from your student finance, bursaries, parents, salary, or savings. Then, estimate your essential outgoings. Most student outgoings look similar to this: rent, groceries, bills, transportation, study materials etc. Then factor in other non-essential items you would like to include, such as nights out, takeaways, cinema, gym membership etc. Once you have done this, you can set yourself a reasonable weekly/monthly spending budget and you should be able to keep things on track. 

But most of all, enjoy the experience! You will find your independence at university and learn things along the way, so enjoy the process and don't be scared to reach out for help when you need it.
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