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  1. I’m about to start uni so I’m going to bookmark this post and get back to you in December about my first term experience. I already know I’ll be bored of going out, I have to be in a certain mood to go out out, definitely couldn’t do it every day or week. As for budgeting, call me the saving queen because I love saving, I get high off seeing a healthy savings account hopefully I don’t stop this at uni

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    • Ah yay, please do! It sounds like you’re prepared for university already, I wish I had saved more during my first year. Uni is such an amazing experience, I hope you have the best time!

  2. I have never related to a blog post so much in all of my life – the money disappearing, the night outs and especially the last minute essay writing. I once wrote two two-thousand word essays in one day and it was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made. I wish I’d had this post before I started. ?

    • Haha I feel like it’s something a lot of students go through, but 2 two-thousand essays? God I wouldn’t have slept! Haha I just hope some people find this post useful so they don’t go through the same struggle. Thanks for reading ?

  3. Being an adult is so expensive and even though I didn’t go to Uni I moved out at 16 and wow it hit me like a ton of bricks!
    Some really good tips for someone starting out though, its definitely not all nights out and shopping trips.

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

    • Yeah it’s a learning experience for sure! Thank you so much, hopefully some people find it useful! Thanks for reading ?

    • Thank you! Yeah it would have made uni a lot easier haha, but I’m hoping that it helps others from making the same mistakes. ?‍♀️

  4. I completely agree! Going to college has made me realize that I need to be more responsible, it’s also made me really assess how hard I work and what I need to do to succeed

    • Yeah responsibility is a big one, having to learn how to manage time effectively and look after yourself can be quite overwhelming at first. And yeah definitely, if you want to achieve something, you have to put the work in! Thanks for reading x

    • Oh my god yess haha, that came as a shock to me too, and little things like laundry detergent ? haha thank you!

  5. This is great, you don’t understand how much I relate to this whole post! I struggle with the worst FOMO ever, so it has been a big learning process to realize that going out every single night isn’t the b-all and end all! And let’s not get started on money!

    • Thank you so much! Ah that was my problem too, I didn’t want to miss out on anything, especially if so many people were going! But something a quiet night in is much needed. Thanks for reading x

  6. Being an adult is super expensive and you definitely don’t have to go out every night!

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

  7. I didn’t actually move out for uni and I ended up dropping out in second year but I can resonate with a few of these. I barely remember the names of half the people I met, let alone anything else! And I worked my absolute ass off throughout the time I was there but it still wasn’t enough. I barely speak to anyone I met there sadly, I wish I’d known that it’s okay not to meet your “friends for life” there as I had my heart set on it!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • Yeah university definitely isn’t for everyone. I won’t lie when I say I debated dropping out a few times, especially as the work intensified and the stress started to build. It’s good that you realised it wasn’t for you though, your own happiness is most important! Thanks for reading x

  8. It’s been so long since I’ve been there, like 20 years but it was super awesome to read and I hope that one day when my kids get there they will see the things you see and learn what you have learnt ❤️

    • Thank you so much! I hope others find it helpful – it’s a learning experience after all! Thanks for reading x

  9. Yes it can be expensive! I am filling my boys in on College life right now. My oldest will be a Junior in High School. I tell them often you will have to WORK! Good luck and wish you much success!!

    • Thank you so much! Ah I hope he enjoys it, but yes definitely! You need to put the work in if you want to achieve!

  10. Being an adult has definitely shown itself as something expensive, especially since I’m a student in London! With meeting so many people too it means although you won’t see half the people again, it’s easier to avoid people you don’t get on with and have a more positive time than it is in school! Great post x

    http://www.beesytimes.co.uk

    • Oh I can imagine! Yeah 100%. Life’s what you make it at university, and now I choose to only surround myself with positive people and do what makes me happy. Thank you! x

  11. I’ve just finished second year too. I can’t relate with the moving out situations but I already buy all my own stuff pretty much so hopefully that’ll come in handy when I do. Uni is such a weird place for friendships, I’ve only just found out who my true friends are over the last few months and ditched a few people that weren’t encouraging me to do better things with my life. Truthfully, I rarely go out. The thought of blowing so much money on alcohol just disturbs me haha. But the odd night out every now and then doesn’t go a miss. Great post!

    Luce xo

    • Yes that will definitely come in handy! I couldn’t agree more, I’m the same in terms of friendships – I was spending time with people who didn’t really bring the best out in me and have finally realised who my true friends are. Haha I don’t blame you really, I regret spending so much money, it wasn’t worth it! Thank you! x

    • Yay I’m so hapy you found it useful. University/college is such an amazing experience and you’ll learn so much about yourself. Good luck! x

  12. Some of these don’t quite apply to me as I still live with my parents but I understand most of it haha I just started uni this summer semester and even though I only took one class I can already tell this is gonna be a looot of work. Well, a lot since I want good grades and I want to actually learn the shit that I paid for lol still struggling with starting up discussion though because the tense silence is unreal!

    • Yeah you need to put the work in if you want to do well! Ah I know right, the silence is so awkward sometimes, I can’t bare it haha. Thanks for reading!

    • Ah thank you so much! I just hope others find it helpful so they avoid making some of the same mistakes! Thanks for reading x

  13. I agree on everything here! You don’t realise just how much money you’re going to spend at uni and I definitely had fomo for most of first year and never wanted to miss a night out. I’m finally realising that sometimes a night watching tv in bed is better than clubbing! x

    Beth x | https://bethrebecca.com/

    • Yeah exactly! Fomo was a big one for me as well, especially when there were so many people going to the same place. But I couldn’t agree more, I love myself a quiet night in! Thanks for reading x

    • Thank you! Yeah it is definitely a struggle haha. Ah thank you so much I’ll make sure to check it out! X

  14. Big thing for me was how can expensive food is, and the fact that the fridge isn’t magically full like at home. “Where’s my money gone? Oh just on the weekly shop!”

    • Yess, I found things like cheese and laundry detergent so expensive at first, parting with the money is such a struggle haha. Thanks for reading! x

  15. I think that this is such an important post and I definitely wish it had been around before I started a few years ago! Being an adult is expensive is just a great life lesson too and something which isn’t discussed with teens enough before they have to go it alone!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Yeah I wish there were more posts like this before I left for uni, but hopefully others will find this helpful! Thanks for reading x

  16. I only went on a night out once ? University is cheaper if dont go out shop at cheap stores ? I dont understand how so many students drink out and get take aways everynight ? like you I wish I knew how much work it would be ? I thought it would be easy but I was wrong ?
    Abi xx
    https://simple-joys.blog

    • Haha I was one of them students during my first year and looking back, it wasn’t fun! Yeah it definitely comes as a shock haha, thanks for reading x

  17. I’m thinking of going to uni either this autumn or in 2019. Since I started working this summer, I’ve realized how easy is to spend money and I don’t need to spend it on daily groceries or bills. Now, imagine if I had to! That’s what it must feel at uni. Still, I love the fact that you meet a lot of people because I am a people person and love that. Great info, thanks 🙂

    • Yeah! At first I was spending money on everything, treating myself to new clothes way too often. Having a budget is really helpful though. Ah you’ll really enjoy it! Thanks for reading x

  18. Yeah uni hangovers were the worst so I totally agree when you say that you don’t have to go out every night. There’s so much pressure to join in with that sort of thing and sometimes you just need a night or two to recover. I can also remember those seminars when no-one wants to say anything. I did photography at university and so we also used to have to make critical comments on each others work and sometimes the silence was deafening! Good on you for speaking up!!

    • Yeah the odd night is fun but I never gave myself the chance to recover – I think I was ill for like 6 months straight haha. Ah it’s the worst right? Thank you!

  19. This is a great post! I never went to uni but I moved out pretty early than most and it really makes you grow up! Living on your own is so expensive so I bet doing it at uni is the same! X

    • Thank you! Yeah it definitely came as a shock but exactly, you learn independence and budgeting is something I can’t live without doing now! X

  20. This is really interesting to read Evie! I did my degree through the Open Uni so the nights out and social side was never an option. Although I doubt I would have got my degree if partying was an option for me ??. I also agree, being an adult is so expensive! Great post girl ? xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • That’s great! Haha going out so much did hinder the studying side of things a little during my first year, but you live and you learn! Thank you! ?

  21. These are valuable things to know before going to university. I can’t believe how expensive things can get! AND YES! You don’t have to go out every night. You have the rest of adulthood to go out at night once in a while. Oh man, I remember those vodka shots, haha. YES on needing to work hard. Don’t expect a handout in university. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  22. I really wish someone had told me how small the social scene was going to be at my uni – i was really disappointed with it and i didn’t make a single friend from my uni course over three years! Coming from Newcastle where the parties were 24/7 it was a big change! (I went to a uni just outside of london) although watching a channel four documentary with the fam is always good! x

    • Ah that’s such a shame, but tbh, I’ve found it difficult to make friends with coursemates, especially when I have such little contact hours with them! Yeah I can imagine! Haha, thanks for reading x

  23. I’ve just gradated uni but I didn’t move away from home and I’ve no interest at all in going out or drinking- its literally my idea of hell haha! I’m hoping to progress on to a masters this year and I’ll still be staying at home; its waaaay too expensive to move out, especially as I’m trying to set up my own business and need to save as much money as I can lol I completely agree with people needing to speak up though, I’ve been in so many lectures and lessons where no one will engage with the tutors and its so awkward!xx

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

    • Oh how exciting! Yeah I’d say staying at home is definitely a great option, especially if you can commute! Budgeting has been a life-saver over the past year for me. Ah I know right? It’s unbearable sometimes! Thanks for reading x

    • Ah how exciting! Yeah it’s great that you already have the experience of living alone, hopefully you’ll avoid a few of the mistakes I made haha. I hope you have the best time at uni, thanks for reading! X

    • Yeah it’s so easy to miss home when we’re in unfamiliar environments! It’s great that you got through it! Thanks for reading ?

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