One of my friends told me that her main reason for going to university was so she could escape from her parents. As a student, it’s far more socially acceptable to eat cereal for every meal and sleep in until 7pm. Of course, that also means you’ll have more responsibilities, like food shopping and calling the doctor yourself – but while Adulting™ can be scary, it’s also great fun.
At Surrey pretty much everything you could need is close by, allowing you to gradually ease yourself in to adult life. Guildowns University Medial Centre is opposite Millennium House, so you don’t have to trek into town for that important appointment. There are also launderettes dotted around both Stag Hill and Manor Park accommodation, complete with TVs so you can catch up on your favourite shows while you wait. Simply Fresh, found underneath the library, and Tesco, on the way to Manor Park, contain all your food and cleaning essentials.
If living away from home doesn’t treat you well (it’s not for everyone!), there are wellbeing services at the university that can offer the support and advice you need.
Presumably you’re heading to university to learn about the subject you’re passionate about, and if so, you’re in for a treat! The courses are designed to be as informative as possible, with some offering optional modules from the get-go, so you can study what interests you most.
If the course content alone doesn’t satisfy you, then there are extra opportunities. The Global Graduate Award in Languages or Sustainability is a free course that can help you learn a language or give you the chance to explore our environmental impact on the world (there will be lectures on these during Fresher’s week if you want more information). There are also regular talks and workshops outside the curriculum, from outside speakers on a whole range of topics.
As well as this, the library isn’t just home to science textbooks; there are fiction novels and non-fictions books to fulfill your thirst for knowledge. It’s also open for twenty-four hours and complete with free blankets, perfect for all your midnight studying.