How to Prepare for University

February 24, 2020

My classes of my first year of university start tomorrow! If you didn’t already know, I am studying a Bachelor of Laws with the intention of becoming an environmental lawyer. Since there is a lot to prepare for uni and it is a bit different to other levels of school, I thought it would be good to share the best ways to prepare for it 🙂

Attend O-Week:

O-Week (short for Orientation Week) is a good time to meet new people, become familiar with the campus, learn about societies and extra curricular activities and get tips about uni all before classes have started! I found it really helpful to prepare as I was able to locate where all of my classes were and get loads of information about studying effectively and resources available at my university. I also went to a few fun events, such as a party at the uni bar with my friends, which prepared me for the social side of uni life.


Shopping is necessary to buy all of the things that you don’t already own which will be needed at university. I actually only needed to go shopping for a bag for uni so I bought this black handbag from Colette which I can fit my laptop, water bottle and anything else I could possibly need!

Handbag from Colette

Checking Transport Times:

It is clearly important to figure out how you are getting to university, how long it will take and which specific time to leave and get places. This quick step about preparing for uni was figuring out which train and metro I would catch on the way there and back and what time I would need to leave my house.

Planning Meals:

It is important that I plan meals as otherwise you will spend all of your money at the food places on campus! It is a good idea to cook up a big batch of something, such as chickpea patties with salad mix, before the uni week begins and eat them for lunch at uni with accompanying snacks, such as chocolate and fruit. 

Packing Food

Planning Outfits:

This is super helpful as without knowing what you are going to wear the next day you could be sacrificing many minutes of your morning routine trying to decide on an outfit! I like laying out my clothes on my bed and rearranging different outfits until I decide on one I like.

Planning Outfits

Study Prep:

You need to complete any tasks that you have been told to do before classes, such as pre-readings, and generally just organise yourself. I have decided to create a list on Microsoft To Do with each of my units as a “task” and then each of my things to do as a “step” under the matching “task” so I can keep track of the study I need to do for all units.

Pack Bag:

Obviously you will need to pack all of the things you need to bring with you to uni in your bag. I am mainly bringing my laptop, purse, lunch boxes, water bottle, stationery and a pad of paper, but there are a few other small things that I am bringing, such as tissues.

Packing Handbag

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