University Survival Guide | CityBlock

Your time spent at university will be one of the best of your life, and hopefully you’ll remember it for all the right reasons.

While being a student is great fun, it can also be pretty hard to get through the year at times. At CityBlock, we want to make sure you have a great time at university, so here is our university survival guide.


It’s boring, it’s hard and sometimes it will keep you up at night. However, whether you want it to be or not, budgeting is a necessary part of student life.

There will be certain points of the year where your pockets are feeling emptier and you’ll be desperately waiting for your loan payment, so it is important to make savings where you can.

Work out how much you will need each week for your food and rent, and try to cut back on all non-essentials. Shops like Poundland, Aldi and Lidl will also help you save a lot of money on your groceries.

Student budgeting sites offer lots of deals and vouchers for rare savings, which can be anything from 20% off video games to a free bottle of soft drink. These sites are great for times when you need presents for friends and family, or if you want to treat yourself without breaking the bank.

House Sharing

House sharing can be one of the best, but also most testing experiences of your life. You will start to get annoyed when your flatmates don’t do the washing up, come home making lots of noise at 4am or never take out the recycling (and they’ll get annoyed at you if you do the same!).

It can be hard to find the right balance between having a good friendship and being good housemates. Try not to nag, and be considerate of others by being as tidy and helpful as possible. If they really don’t contribute, politely ask them every once in a while to help out. If you’re helping alongside them, it’s far less confrontational.


Yep, coursework. It may be the last thing on your mind when you come to university, but without some work and organisation, you could find yourself buried in essays and on the verge of a breakdown.

Never fear. Try to plan out your coursework as far in advance as possible. This will give you time to do your research, change your mind about topics and see your tutor if you are stuck without having to lock yourself away and miss out on all the fun that university has to offer.

University is a great experience, and with this survival guide you have nothing to fear. Finding the right accommodation is also important, and if you are looking for student accommodation in Lancaster,  student accommodation in Reading or student accommodation in Durham, CityBlock offers modern, en-suite student rooms in convenient locations. For more information, contact us today.

Posted on March 10th, 2015