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15 Pieces Of Uni Advice Nobody Gives You Until It’s Too Late

Heed our warnings. Heed the hell out of them.

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1. Don't buy the books until after you go to at least the first class to make sure you will use them.

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2. Also, all those books are probably in your library anyway.

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3. If you don't live in halls, you have to make a MASSIVE effort to find out when stuff is on and an even bigger effort to socialise...

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4. ...and, in fact, if you're an introvert, don't live at home – even if it's in walking distance from your uni.

The extra chances to make friends you'll have will be invaluable. Trust us.
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The extra chances to make friends you'll have will be invaluable. Trust us.

5. Make friends with all of the nightclub bouncers and beat the queues.

Those guys can be your best friend...or your worst enemy.
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Those guys can be your best friend...or your worst enemy.

6. Read as many books as you can.

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You'll never have this much free time ever again.

7. If you make friends with your estate agent, you'll make your life so much easier.

By offering them a cup of tea / paying rent on time / not destroying the house, you can subtly ask them not to mess you around.
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By offering them a cup of tea / paying rent on time / not destroying the house, you can subtly ask them not to mess you around.

8. Don't associate with proper lads – they're usually a pretty...uhh...bad influence.

Unsurprising, really, considering they willingly spend their free time shouting "BANTER!" into each other's faces.
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Unsurprising, really, considering they willingly spend their free time shouting "BANTER!" into each other's faces.

9. If you want to join a sports team, join lacrosse. It's easy (because no one knows how to play it), and it's usually a pretty fun group.

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10. Don't worry if you miss something important in your lectures, they're almost always available online – meaning you can catch up at your leisure.

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11. Join a few societies that you don't even care about, just to make new friends.

Don't worry. Nobody at Slam Poetry Club is there for the slam poetry.
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Don't worry. Nobody at Slam Poetry Club is there for the slam poetry.

12. Be careful what you wear to Freshers' Week.

You really don't wanna end up being known as "weird shoe girl" or "that guy who carries his folders everywhere because he's clearly never heard of a locker" for the next X amount of years.
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You really don't wanna end up being known as "weird shoe girl" or "that guy who carries his folders everywhere because he's clearly never heard of a locker" for the next X amount of years.

13. All-nighters in the library are not only acceptable, but encouraged, and you can usually get takeaway food delivered there.

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14. Some universities let you split your first or last year into two years – perfect if you need to earn a bit of money, travel, or to do a work placement.

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15. While your first year is obviously really important, remember that it's also important to spend it making great mates and contacts.

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And for sleeping. Don't forget about sleeping.

Don't underestimate the importance of meeting new people at university. The people you meet could shape your lives. Watch Jon and Pach's story to find out how.

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