The process of applying to uni and becoming a fresher can be overwhelming, to say the least, but it doesn’t need to be…
In this guide:
- When is A Level Results Day 2023?
- Freshers’ Week | What Is It & How To Make The Most of It
- Everything You Need to Know About Student Finance and Tuition Fees in 2023
- University Maintenance Loan Payment Dates 2023/24: England, Scotland, Wales and NI
- Student Maintenance Loans Guide 2023/2024: How Much You’ll Get
- What Is Freshers’ Flu? Cures, Symptoms & Causes
- VIDEO: What I Wish I Knew Before Moving Into Halls
- Clearing 2023: Everything You Need to Know
- When Do You Move Into University Halls? Your Questions Answered
- Cheapest Cheapest Cars to Insure for New Drivers in 2023
- Coping with and Combatting Loneliness at University
- Best Student Credit Cards 2023: Interest, Overdrafts and Cashback Rewards
- Transferring or Dropping Out of University: Things to Consider
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about results day, student finance, freshers’ week (and the dreaded freshers flu), maintenance loans, moving in, whether to take your car with you and much more in this helpful guide!
When is A Level Results Day 2023?
We know that waiting around to find out if you’ve been accepted to your first choice uni is stressful. But rest assured, you aren’t going through it alone.
A Level Results Day 2023 is Thursday 17 August 2023, with results will coming out anytime after 8am. You won’t be able to see what grades you’ve achieved on UCAS Track, though, you’ll just be able to see if you’ve got into your chosen university/universities or not.
Freshers’ Week | What Is It & How To Make The Most of It
Get ready for freshers’ week 2023 with our ultimate guide on what to expect!
You’ve got your results, you’ve confirmed your uni place and now you’re probably busy preparing for the next chapter in your life. If there’s one thing you’re probably hearing lots about as a prospective uni student, it’s freshers’ week. But just what is freshers’ week and what does it involve? Well, we’ve got all the info you need to know about just what to expect from your first week of uni.
Everything You Need To Know About Student Finance
If you’re planning on applying to uni this year, or are starting uni soon you may be left wondering just how do student loans work?
The truth is, it’s actually a lot less complicated than it might seem and we’ve got all the answers to your questions about student finance, how student loans work and everything you can expect from your maintenance loan, from borrowing it to paying it back.
The cost of going to uni in the UK is currently up to £9,250 per year, plus you’ll also need to cover the costs of your accommodation as well as your social life and everyday utilities. Luckily, the student loan scheme in the UK will help you cover the costs of all of this, and here are the basics that you need to know.
University Maintenance Loan Payment Dates 2023/24
Three times a year you’ll get a payment from student finance with a portion of the student loan money that you’re entitled to. If you’re budgeting term by term, you’re going to want to keep note of these important student finance dates.
The exact student finance date will depend on your course and your university. As instalments are split between terms you can normally expect a payment at the end of September or the start of October, at the start of January and at the start of April. To track the exact dates you can expect to be paid your maintenance loan in 2022, log into your Student Finance England account to see the exact schedule.
Student Maintenance Loans Guide 2023/2024
Your student maintenance loan is one of the crucial parts of going to uni. Maintenance loans are designed to help you out while you studying, paying it back after you’ve graduated. However, student loans can also be complicated to get your head around as there are a lot of technical terms.
Everyone is eligible for a different amount of money from the government, which depends on a variety of factors including location, age and parental income.
So, if you’re wondering how much maintenance loan you’ll get, here’s what you need to know.
What Is Freshers’ Flu? Cures, Symptoms & Causes
You’re getting out there, meeting new people, attending events. Until you wake up with a hangover that’s hitting differently…
Whether you’re currently wrapped up in a duvet praying for freshers’ flu to end or just trying to make it through freshers’ week without getting sick, we’ve put together everything you need to know about uni freshers’ flu and how to beat it.
Clearing 2023: Everything You Need To Know
The thought of not getting into your chosen university and, instead, going through Clearing might feel daunting. But Clearing, which is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have vacant on their courses, can sometimes be a blessing in disguise — matching you with universities you hadn’t considered.
It also gives you an opportunity to pursue higher education, even if you don’t make your grades.
What I Wish I Knew Before Moving Into Halls
Are you moving into halls for the first time? Well, we spoke to graduate Charlotte Cropper and asked her what she wished she knew before moving into student housing for the first time.
Here’s everything you should know about bonding with your flatmates, navigating any cohabitation drama and making the most of your new home.
When Do You Move Into University Halls? Your Questions Answered
Moving to university is a big deal and it’s normal to have loads of questions about the big move. To start with, check out our university checklist so you know what to bring with you and — more importantly — what to leave at home.
If you aren’t sure about your move-in date, don’t know the protocol about moving into student halls or simply want advice surround student accommodation, have a gander at our guide below.
Cheapest Cheapest Cars to Insure for New Drivers in 2023
We’ve rounded up the cheapest first cars to insure for new drivers so, if you’ve just passed your driving test, read on to find our top picks for cheap cars to insure and the lowest insurance groups for new cars.
The cost of car insurance for new and young drivers can be sky high, but cheap first cars include the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and SEAT Ibiza — all of which are staples on British roads. Insurance groups range from 1 to 50, but the same model of car can be in different groups depending on engine size, added extras, wheel size, cost of the car etc.
Coping with and combatting loneliness at university
Struggling with loneliness? More than one in four students feel lonely at University, after all, it’s likely to be your first time living away from home, with all new people, routines and expectations. So, go easy on yourself. Remember you aren’t the only one who’s probably struggling to settle in.
For some, university can be a tough adjustment period — which can lead to isolation, culture shock and other things that affect our ability to make new connections. Throw covid into the mix and it can feel difficult to establish the friendships you want to make. Below, we take you through the why and how of combatting loneliness at uni.
Best Student Credit Cards: Interest, Overdrafts & Rewards
Student credit cards can be quite scary and if you don’t understand how they work or use them irresponsibly you can end up in a lot of debt. However, credit cards also have lots of advantages and benefits when used properly. For students, a credit card can help your money to go further, improve your credit score and give you some cool perks too. Here’s everything you need to know about credit cards and how to responsibly use them.
These are the best student credit cards and how to use them.
Transferring Or Dropping Out Of University
Not happy at your current university? That’s totally okay. It’s possible to transfer universities and this guide will show you how to do it the right way.
Changing universities in the UK is quite simple. The only complexities that arise are when you’re changing to an entirely different course, a university of a higher standard of entry and whether the course actually allows transfer mid-year. Let’s dive in!