With the new academic year just around the corner, now is a great time to start getting yourself prepared for the months ahead. Check out our 5 top tips to help you avoid stress and start your year calm and prepared:

  1. Sign up for a new hobby

After the adventures of a great summer, getting back into a routine can feel like a bit of a drag. A commute combined with shorter days can put a lot of returning students off from getting out of bed. To try and ease your way back in, check out your University’s extracurricular activities and get signed up to learn something completely different from your subject. This study shows that your academic performance is more likely to improve if you also engage in creative activity. Lots of academic institutions run crafting, sports and music clubs, which will help you stay creative, active and will give you something other than lectures to look forward to.


  1. Get organised

Getting your paperwork, finances and time management sorted now will mean so much less stress when the first day back arrives. Take some time to go through any outstanding forms, set up your shopping budgets for the year and work out a weekly schedule to help you organize your time so that you feel calm and prepared. Here are some fantastic free printable timetables and schedules to get you started.


  1. Make new friends

Networking is a great life skill to have so if you can make strong connections with your fellow students and lecturers, not only will this help when it comes to preparing for exams and assessments, but you may find that it could lead to work opportunities further down the line. Check out this great networking guide for students.


  1. Get a head start on your reading

You will thank yourself when the new year starts if you have already given yourself a heads up on what to expect. Have a quick look through some of the course content you will be covering over the next year and make a note of anything you’re unsure of so that you can focus on it when it eventually comes up.


  1. Sort your accommodation out

If you haven’t done this already, now is a great time to get your living situation organised so that you can start the new year with minimum stress. Packing and moving in to your new digs can take a lot of time and energy so it’s a good idea to start thinking about what kind of place you need. Do you want to be close to the University? Near good public transport links? Living with other students or alone? Furnished or unfurnished? There is a lot to consider. To find out how we here at Urba Life can help you with your new accommodation, call us on 023 8124 4161 or email us at info@urba-life.co.uk