Living alone for the first time

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So, you’ve moved into your new flat and of course, it’s Liberty Living (so the fact that it’s amazing goes without saying) – but you’re a little unsure about whether you have nailed the whole ‘living alone’ thing down. When you live with your parents, things can be overbearing, sure… but they’re quite frankly pretty easy, too! There’s no need to fret though, as there’s no reason to say you can’t learn to be independent soon enough (at least passably, anyway!). We’ve come up with a few tips to make the entire transition easier…

Budget

People aren’t going to be impressed if you’re the one begging for cash just three weeks into the university term. A student loan is probably the most amount of money that you’ve ever had in your account at any one time, but remember that it’s got to last you a while. The start of term will bring loads of fun new activities to try, but remember not to get too carried away. I know – it’s so tempting to drink it away or splurge it on those a-maz-ing sales. But trust me; you need to find the balance between seeming like you’re sociable, but not taking risks you frankly can’t afford. Your student loan has to cover a ton of stuff, and you’ll sadly have to look to other means if you run out of money… and by that I mean getting a job.

Learn to cook

Now, nobody is saying you need to be the next Jamie Oliver or Delia Smith, but learning a few recipes will come in handy for everything from your wallet to your waistline. Plus, you’ll win a few brownie points with your new flatmates, who will most likely be pretty impressed by your culinary skills. There are some fab ideas on a load of blogs, but this aptly named site, Student Recipes, has some great free ones too. Just be sure to learn communal kitchen etiquette pretty quickly. It’s fairly simple – don’t steal (‘borrow’) people’s stuff, don’t put meat in a vegetarian’s pan, and for the love of god, clean up after yourself! But on that note, don’t be the super moany flatmate, either.

Personalise your room

Liberty Living’s student accommodation is perfectly designed with students in mind, but we know that you’re all individual! There are loads of ideas to make your room feel like home – just remember not to modify it too much, as you may be breaching your tenancy agreement. For some tips, take a look at our great guide to making the student flat a home here.

Make new friends

There’s never, ever a better time than now to make a whole load of new friends. There’s minimal effort required, and the great thing about living in student accommodation is that you don’t have to look far to meet new people. You’ll soon figure out which are more ‘your kind’ of people, but you know what? Give people a chance! Learn to say yes (within reason), try new things, get to know something new about your flatmates, and try and learn and explore the new city together. You’re all in the same boat, and it can make everything about university life way more exciting to have friends that you live with – just like in all those TV shows you’ve grown up with!

Don’t forget your old friends

Your old friends don’t need to be whitewashed out of the picture, and there’s no reason they can’t come to see how well you’re doing once you’re settled in. You might want to give it a little time before they visit (so you’re not leaning on them too much), but if you’re getting along brilliantly with your new pals, there’s no reason that other, like-minded people won’t as well! Just remember that when the time comes, you should let Liberty Living know your plans, just for boring old safety reasons (but you know it makes sense!). In the meantime, take loads of pics to show off to everyone from school back home, update your social media (duh), and maybe even start a blog like I have with Claire Louise, as it’ll really help you document the experiences to those back home, in a fun (and honestly addictive) way.

Good luck in your new adventure! Liberty Living are always on hand to help you settle in, or give you any advice you may need… and don’t be afraid to ask if you need help.

Liberty Living provides accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in Manchester, student accommodation in Newcastle, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.

Posted on 26th September 2014 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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