4 tips for preparing to move to university 

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Health Assured team

18 August 2022

Preparing for a new chapter can bring up a range of emotions, from excitement to stress and nervousness to anticipation. Moving to university is a big step. It’s probably the first time you’ve moved away from home—and that requires a lot of preparation and planning.

The experience will be different for everyone. This might depend on whether you’re moving into halls, a house share or student apartments.

Preparing for your move will help you to feel on top of the changes that are occurring and make it easier for you to make that transition into your new environment. Below you can find five tips to help you get set to move.


1. Visit your new home town or city 

It takes a while to get your bearings when you are somewhere new. By planning a day trip to your new home town or city, you can explore the streets that you’ll be spending your time in. Familiarising yourself in this way can make the initial move that little bit easier. You know where the shops, bars and restaurants are, and you can get to grips with how to get around your new home.


2. Start packing slowly

All big tasks seem daunting when you look at them as a whole. Packing up everything you need might seem overwhelming, and sometimes this can lead people to put off starting a task. But if you break it down into small, manageable chunks then you make your life a lot easier. Start with your bedroom one day, then gather kitchen items the next day and begin your wardrobe on the next. This way you can figure out what you need to buy, what you already have and what’s left to do.


3. The power of the list 

When there are lots of things to remember, and big changes up ahead, your mind might be racing with thoughts about things you need to do, pack or buy. When thoughts start to race in this way it can cause feelings of stress or anxiety to bubble to the service, and over time this takes its toll on mood and mental health. A list can help you to gain some space from your thoughts and emotions. By clearly pinpointing what you need to do in a given area; then you can plan a course of action and take control of the situation.


4. Connect with others 

The good thing about this big move is that there are plenty of other people in the same boat. You’re not alone, so use this to your benefit. You don’t have to wait until you arrive to build friendships at university, many people find that social media is a great tool for connecting with future housemates. If you search for your university online you can often find classmates who might be on the same course as you or neighbours who might be moving to the same halls as you. Reaching out in this way makes the move a little less daunting and boosts your network of friends before you even arrive.  


Health Assured is here to support you 

Moving to university is a big step. If you’re worried about the move or have been feeling down about the moving process, remember we’re here to support you. You can speak to one of our counsellors via the My Healthy Advantage App. We’re just a few clicks away.


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