• Ryan Calleja Urry

First Year At UOM? Here's A List Of Crucial Tips To Get You Through The Semester 👇 🤓

Uni is always going to be a challenge, but you knew that already. The good news is that difficult times make you grow, so don't face this new phase with fear, face it confidently with the understanding that you're going to be trying your best. With that being said, you'll need a little help along the way, so here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.


Parking is a killer

You've all heard the stories and complaints, and none of them were an exaggeration, you're screwed. I'm not even going to try and give you the bright side here because it doesn't exist, you really are screwed. There are a couple of things you can do to reduce your pain though...

Tip 1: Offer to give students that are leaving campus a lift to their car, then use their spot 😉

Tip 2: Don't just circle the parking lots in uni, sometimes the national pool area outside of uni could be your lifesaver.

Tip 3: Go early in general to find spots.

Tip 4: Go really really early, then sleep in your car till your lesson starts to make up for the lost sleep. (don't forget to set an alarm)

also, don't hit and run like this guy


Learn your school layout & lecture routes NOW

Less hassle and more calm is a good rule for life in general. Now, running between lessons, mixing up faculties, and tripping over your own shoelaces is not a very calm experience.

So, my recommendation would be to spend a good hour or more of your time at home or on campus to memorize where everything is. The less time you spend walking into the wrong classes, only to awkwardly walk back out moments later, the better.


Manage. Your. Stipend.

Managing your money is a skill that you're going to need to survive once you leave uni, so you have to start developing that skill now. If you were a 6th form student that was always broke and struggling with cash, take this new chapter as an opportunity to be a little more responsible. Easier said than done, I get it. The trick is just to try.

A lot of us leave it up to fate and spend what we spend, and although that's easier in the short term, you'll regret it in the long term.

If you just try to be aware of where you're spending each week, you could save that precious stipend for times you'd actually need to buy something important. Create spending limits for each week, download money management apps, always leave a cut for savings etc.

manage your money, asap


Make use of the tools designed to help students

Shameless self-promotion time. FreeHour was designed by students, for students, and each one of our app's features really does help streamline your uni experience. If you don't believe me, see below.

Tip 1: Use Lecture Reminders to never be late to a lecture again

Tip 2: Use our Student Offers tab for free weekly discounts on a large variety of brands

Tip 3: Use our Tasks & Assignments tab to control your workload and never miss a deadline

Tip 4: Keep track of what's going on through the Student Events tab, or find some part-time income through the Student Jobs section, officially powered by keepmeposted.


There you have it, nail all of the above and you'll be sure to get started on the right foot. If you still feel a little wary, we're gonna have way more helpful content coming out as the year progresses.

So stay tuned 😎