New Year, New You | CityBlock
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Another year has come to an end, and what a year 2023 has been! So whether it was one of the best 12 months of your life or you faced some struggles and challenges, let’s take some time to reflect on the past year and explore what went well and what we’ll do differently next year.

In this blog, we’re offering some top tips on creating a new you in the new year. January is filled with a sense of renewal and is a perfect chance to set some new goals with an opportunity to reflect on how you’re living your life currently and make some positive changes. Whether you plan on improving your mental health, budgeting better, or transforming your style, here is some advice to get you started.

Develop Better Study Habits

More time in the library might be exactly what you need in 2024! So many students start an academic year with great intentions and are highly motivated to study. But then the pub crawls start, that new game gets released, or your favourite show gets put on Netflix, and many of those plans go straight out the window.

A new year is an opportunity to leave all that behind and get a fresh start on your studying habits. Spend at least half an hour to an hour a day revising subjects or working on that all-important paper, and you’ll see the results in no time! Choosing your bed instead of lectures seems like a cosy idea, especially during winter, but you’re only letting yourself down by doing this. In contrast, at CityBlock’s student flats in Reading, dedicated common spaces provide an excellent study atmosphere, allowing you to stay motivated and focused on your academic goals.

Make sure to seize every day and make the most out of your university experience by actively pursuing your degree and improving your study habits.

University student doing revision

Join Clubs and Societies

Universities are full of amazing clubs and societies, ranging from hockey to theatre, baking to gaming, and every other interest in between. If you didn’t join any in your first term, the start of the new year is a fantastic opportunity to sign up for that club you were interested in but never got around to joining.

Universities in Reading and Lancaster both offer an extensive selection of student-run societies with which you can get involved. Whether you are looking to pursue a passion, pick up a new hobby, or simply want to meet like-minded individuals, there is likely a club that aligns perfectly with your interests.

For those residing in student accommodation in Lancaster, be sure to mark your calendar for Lancaster University’s Refreshers Fair in the new year. This event offers you a second chance to meet all the societies, almost as if it’s Freshers’ Fair all over again. Societies are great places to meet people who share a common interest with you, making it the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends.

Get Organised

The first term of university can be a bit of a whirlwind. Aside from getting used to the new ways of learning, you also have to adjust to cooking your own meals, washing your own clothes, and generally learning how to take care of yourself without your parents around. It’s easier to stay organised when you have your friends around you, which is why our student rooms in Reading and Lancaster offer group bookings to make your university experience better by living with like-minded peers.

Still, moving into your student accommodation can be a lot to deal with if it’s your first time away from home. If you feel like you may have become a little disorganised as a result of trying to adjust to your new university way of life, get yourself a calendar and make a point of trying to get everything organised. Schedule your time for social activities, extra-curricular activities, study time, me-time, and anything else you can think of.

University student using a phone

Do Something Different

Make it one of your resolutions to expand your horizons! 2024 is the perfect opportunity to experience new things and develop your skill set. You could commit to pursuing something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the opportunity or motivation for before. For example, try to read one book every month for a year, give up unhealthy snacks, quit smoking or learn belly dancing. The options are limitless, so challenge yourself to accomplish something you will be proud of.

Perhaps your resolution to do something different involves getting to know new people. If this is the case, CityBlock is the ideal place to reside while at university. The teams behind our student accommodation in Reading and Lancaster organise regular pizza nights, game nights, and movie nights, which give you a great chance to get to know who you’re living with.

Be Savvier with Money

Another common resolution is to spend less money. After all, how many more times can you spend your entire student loan in a week before enough is enough? If you’re not used to living alone, getting the hang of budgeting and creating better spending habits can take a while.

Try implementing some small changes to see your savings grow. For example, walking instead of taking the bus, scaling down on eating out, and cooking homemade meals instead can help your budget go further. And remember that shopping for new clothes isn’t always necessary; often, the clothes you own already can be mixed and matched to create fresh looks. However, if you absolutely need new items, shopping in charity stores is a great eco-friendly and budget-savvy alternative.

Choosing your accommodation wisely can also make a significant difference in your spending. At CityBlock, our student apartments in Reading are perfectly situated just a 15-minute walk from the University of Reading, enabling you to save money on commuting. Plus, being centrally located also means you’re close to local amenities, so you can run your errands easily without resorting to often pricey online deliveries.

Also, try alternatives to nights out at the pub. If you want to spend some time with your friends, why not invite them to your student accommodation and watch TV together or play board games?

University students sitting together in a common space

Make a Plan

Graduation might be a while off yet, but that’s no reason to avoid thinking about the future. In 2024, why not try and plan ahead? Think about where you’d like to be after graduation and see if there’s anything you can do now to help get you a little closer to that goal. Whether setting up an internship for the summer, some work experience opportunities, or even just working on some killer cover letters, there are plenty of ways to get ahead in your future career, and the new year is the perfect time to get it all sorted.

Become a Healthier Version of Yourself

Whatever this means for you, whether you want to become physically fitter or work on improving your mental health, January is a great place to start. There are plenty of gyms that offer newbie discounts during the new year, and your university may even have a gym or sports clubs to help you work on your physical health.

University student doing workout at the gym

Importantly, our student housing in Lancaster and Reading is designed with your well-being in mind. The architecture and layout of our properties aim to foster a sense of community among students, as we believe that interactions with others play a significant role in mental well-being.

Additionally, if you’re struggling to get out of a rut and want a happier 2024, then getting help as soon as possible is the best solution. CityBlock staff are mental-health-trained and are here to support you and guide you in the right direction, should you need it. Similarly, your flatmates and others at your university may be going through something similar, and a problem shared is a problem halved, so never fear speaking out and asking for help from those around you.

Follow Through

Finish what you start. Year after year, we tend to make promises to ourselves that we end up not keeping, so set achievable goals and make a change in your life. Your future will thank you for starting now.

Being a university student is one of the best times of your life, so take advantage of it by doing everything you ever wanted to do! Here at CityBlock, we make it our New Year’s resolution to help you get the best accommodation for your student needs. Get in touch with our team today to make your booking for the New Year!

Posted on January 10th, 2024