Starting uni this year? Here is what you should know

Dipping your toe into the world of higher learning is pretty daunting. But fear not, on the Student Places website, you’ll find loads of information – from what will happen in your first year of uni to how to get your letting deposit back for your student home when you leave. To make everything a whole lot easier for you, we’ve repackaged all of our best student advice in this handy guide.
What will happen in my first year of uni
(and where will I live next year)?
Your first year of uni will be quite a ride. From meeting new people (spoiler: there’ll be a lot of them) and getting to grips with the demands of uni work, you probably won’t spare a thought for next year’s accommodation. After all, most first-year students live in Halls of Residence and next year can wait till next year, right?
Actually, the best time to start your search for next year’s accommodation is between November to February of your first year. Plus, it is always a good idea to get a feel for areas and work out who you’re going to live with before your hunt begins.
How much is everything going to cost?
Tuition fees, rent, bills… it all adds up. If you’re not careful, your expenditure can spiral so it (literally) pays to get a handle on how much everything is going to cost. If your savings and your student loan are buckling under the weight of all this, it might be a good idea to get a part-time job. From casual work to a regular evening and weekend gig, Canterbury and Medway are full of employment options for student’s great for an easy way to earn some cash, add some experience to your CV which will help you stand out in the current competitive job market!
Where’s good to move to for students in Kent?
With universities dotted all over Canterbury and the Medway towns, these areas have their share of property stock aimed exclusively at students. In either location, it’ll come as no surprise that the best areas to live for students are all within walking distance of the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church campuses. Wincheap, St Dunstan’s, Northgate and St Stephen’s are your best bet in Canterbury, while Chatham and Gillingham should be at the top of your list in Medway.
What should I look for in a new student home?
Sure, it’s important to make your student room homely, but bear in mind that next year’s house share won’t be like living in halls of residence. You’ll have your own room, sure, but there’ll also be communal areas you’ll be using. Make sure to read our guide on what to look for in a student house and what to ask during a viewing.