10 Things They Don’t Tell You About University

A list of all the things that you don’t normally find out until you’re half way through the year and wish you knew it all before you went to university.

Being a Student Is Expensive! 

You don’t realise just how much you need to pay for and buy! Food, books, alcohol, cleaning products, fancy dress outfits, laundry, tablets to cure hangovers…the list is endless! At home, you get so used to other people buying all these things for you that when you get to university it’s kind of a shock how quickly your student loan starts to disappear when you start buying things you didn’t even know you needed.

You’ll Be Thrown into The Deep End

You arrive at university on your first day and suddenly your parents leave and you’re left completely independent. I love the freedom uni gives you, but with that also means that suddenly you have to learn how to look after yourself!

It might sound stupid, but you have to do things you might never have done properly before, like cooking every day, cleaning, making sure you get all your work done, finding your way around and being surrounded by a bunch of strangers. You’ll learn from your mistakes and figure it all out, but it will definitely take time.

10 Things They Don't Tell You About University

Your Flat Will Be a Mess, CONSTANTLY

You think you can keep up with the cleaning and to begin with you might. But soon you will realise that by the time you clean the kitchen another pre-drinks is held at your flat and it’s a mess again by the next morning.

There will also pretty much definitely be a messy flatmate, unless that’s you, who leaves their food everywhere and therefore adds mould, as well as mess, to your flat.

Laundry Will Be Your Worst Nightmare

I began by doing my washing every week until I realised that the washing machines in the laundry room were possible the worst thing about university life. It will take you twice as long as it should do because there’s always a machine that’s out of order, one that takes your money without doing anything, one that only works on the setting you don’t want and the rest will be in use.

Then you’ll figure out how to limit the amount of washing you need to do so you don’t have to face the laundry room so often. My way of doing this was buying double the amount of socks so I’d never run out!

You Won’t Like All of Your Modules

It’s bound to happen. First year means that most of your subject modules are compulsory and as much as you love your course (hopefully), you probably won’t like all of the modules you have to do. So, you basically just have to suck it up and look forward to the next year when you can pick more of your modules.

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You Might Feel Lonely Sometimes

It seems kind of impossible to feel lonely in a place where you’re surrounded by so many people doesn’t it? But you really can. It didn’t happen often for me but on the days you don’t feel your best or you’re having a hard time, it can feel lonely being in a place where you haven’t known the people for that long.

I didn’t want to speak to people about my problems because I thought I didn’t know them well enough but honestly, speak to them. You’ll feel better and they’ll know you’re there for them as well.

You Probably Won’t Go to The Library Until The Last Term

Let’s face it. Your first year of university is such a whirlwind of meeting new people, making friends, joining societies, going out, becoming independent and just generally having a good time. So for a lot of people, your actual degree is put to the back of your mind in the beginning.

I’d of course keep up with my work, but it was often while I was sitting in the kitchen with my flatmates and catching up at the same time. It was only really in my last term when exams were approaching that we all started taking revision a lot more seriously and ventured to the library to avoid getting distracted.

There Will Be a Time Where You Turn Up to a Lecture Without Showering

It’s going to happen. It will be a 9am lecture, you will wake up late and hungover after clubbing the night before and you don’t have time to shower as well as eat breakfast. And in that situation I’m not going to lie, I’d pick the food. Everyone’s done it so there’s nothing to be ashamed off, just spray a bit more perfume than normal and come back and shower and nap straight after.

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You Will Meet a Lot of Different People, Some That You Won’t Like

Because there’s so many students there, you meet a lot of people that might not be similar to your old friends or people you went to school with that live near you. And that’s okay.

I loved meeting people that I wouldn’t normally meet, some of them are now my closest friends! But with that means that there will probably be a few that you don’t see eye to eye with or just aren’t the type of people you want to be around for whatever reason.

You Will Have Arguments

Kind of leading on from the point above, some of those people that you don’t agree with how they act/the things they say can lead to arguments. I’m not an argumentative person at all so when I say arguments, that can be to completely varying degrees. I’ve never had any sort of shouting argument or anything like that, but I’ve definitely seen a lot of them happen.

Being constantly around the same people in your flat can get a bit much sometimes so that’s why disagreements can happen. My advice would be to try and say anything you’re annoyed about in a nice way so that it doesn’t come across like you’re having a go at them, that’s the best way to avoid arguments.

And Finally…You Will Have The Best Time

I thought I’d end on the most positive one. University isn’t for everyone and some people don’t like it, but for me and most other people, it will be an amazing experience with so many happy memories. You make incredible close friends, try new things, experience new adventures, study the subject you love, and most of all, you learn a lot about yourself and how to be independent.

What did you experience at uni that you didn’t expect?

Beth x 

Other posts in Uni Life:

How University Will Change You

20 Ways To Save Money at University 



  1. July 26, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Great post! I remember those days fondly!

    • July 27, 2018 / 7:05 am

      Thanks! Yeah I love uni so much!

  2. July 27, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    having just graduated, I completely agree with this list! Uni is a completely crazy 3 years, but enjoy it, you’ll miss it when you graduate and you’re working everyday (I know I do!) 💗 x

    • July 28, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Yeah exactly, it goes so quickly!

  3. Beth
    July 27, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I’m going to start university in September and this post has definitely helped me to envisage what uni life is going to look like so thank you! 💜 x

    • July 28, 2018 / 9:26 am

      That’s okay! Overall uni is great though so don’t let any of these negatives put you off! Good luck!✨ x

  4. July 28, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    This post has actually given me a little more courage to start university in September, thank you so much!

    • July 29, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks! I was so nervous before I started uni but it’s honestly been my happiest year! x

  5. jessicr
    July 30, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    i love this – you’ve explained uni life perfectly (and you couldn’t be more right about laundry being awful!)
    also, if you don’t mind me asking, what do you use to edit your photos? – they look so good! x

    jess | jessicr.com

    • July 30, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks! Yeah the laundry was probably the worst thing about first year haha!
      I use an intagram filter Gingham most of the time and then edit them using the facetune 2 app! x

  6. July 30, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    This is great. All so spot on! Especially not entering the library until the final term haha…also I feel your pain about the fancy dress outfits, although now I look back and think i must’ve been pretty much naked every time I went out!
    Beth x


    • July 30, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Haha I know, I barely knew where the library was before then! Oh god I know, my outfits were awful! x

  7. August 1, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Loved reading this! Even though I live at home I agreed with a lot of them ahah. Especially the one about not liking all your modules, I hated one of mine in 2nd semester. Xx

    • August 1, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Me too! I can’t wait until next year when I can actually pick my modules so that I like them all xx

  8. tara xox
    August 1, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Great Post x😁 hoping to go to college in September, if I can get on the bus first without gettin a panic attack. 😒😔

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks! Starting is always so scary but once you’re there you’ll love it! Good luck x What’s your blog name so I can check it out?

  9. August 2, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Some really great tips in here for those going off for their first year soon! Great post!

  10. August 14, 2018 / 2:19 am

    I so enjoyed the social aspect of college that I kind of skipped studying :p

    • August 14, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Hahaha me too, but in my opinion that’s one of the most important parts of college anyway

    • August 19, 2018 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks! I’ll check yours out now!

  11. August 29, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    This is a very helpful blog post. I loved how you told your own experiences instead of just listing the facts about starting out in univeristy. I also loved how you listed so many things and not just only listed 1-3 things! Your writing is very well done as well. ❤️

  12. September 30, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    This is such an amazing blog post!! i’ve just gone into my second year and wish I had seen this as a fresher, so so helpful for anyone going off to uni for the first time!! especially agree with the feeling lonely bit … first year can be tough but like you say, it turns out to be one of the best times of your life 🙈🧡 thanks again for the fabby post xxx

    Love Fi x

    • BethRebecca
      October 1, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you! Yeah first year can definitely be tough but I agree, I had such a great year so hopefully 2nd year will be the same! xxx

  13. October 1, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Great post! The feeling lonely point is spot on – no one ever tells you this. It’s amazing how you can be surrounded by people 24/7 yet still feel alone. Xx

  14. baybythesea
    October 1, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    It’s a while since my student days, but nothing much has changed, I see… Yep, it’s not always easy but I agree that you will have the BEST time!

    Tracy xox


  15. November 3, 2018 / 12:47 am

    This was so great to hear! I’m heading to University next year so all of these tips and tricks were so useful- thank you for sharing!

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