I’m moving back to York this weekend for my final year at university. Many of my friends are already committing to Masters’ applications, looking to continue their academic careers, but that’s not the path I’ve chosen to take for now; although I anticipate I may return to education at some point in the future, this will be my final ‘back to school’ season for some time. I’m still working out how to feel about that, but I know I can’t wait to be back in York and beginning this last academic year – a huge contrast to this time two years ago, ahead of my very first term at York, where I knew exactly how I was feeling: utterly petrified. I know that plenty of freshers out there will be feeling the same, so I’ve put together not one but two posts of my top tips for freshers.

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I’ve written a lot of content for freshers and current university students, but not much for those at the very beginning of their university journey (if we have to give it that kind of cliche title…). That’s going to change over the next few weeks, with this little university application series. I’ll be taking you through the big questions you need to ask yourself while choosing which degree and which university is right for you, and how I made those decisions myself. This week, I’m focusing on the application process as a whole. It feels like an enormous, daunting task, so hopefully these posts should help to simplify and even speed up the process. So, here are my top five tips for your university application:

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Last week in my student housing guide I weighed up the pros and cons of staying on campus for your later years at university, and those of moving out into a privately rented property. If you choose to stay in halls, it’s worth applying early on, and once you’ve applied there’s nothing more to do. In the rest of my housing guide, then, I’ll be focusing on the latter choice, and today I’m sharing your complete step-by-step guide to finding your second-year uni house.

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If university is one thing, it’s busy. Just managing all the work a degree requires is hard enough, even without your social life, downtime, and extra-curricular activities – once you factor those into the mix, it’s easy to lose your grip on time management. The transition from living at home to having to look after yourself alongside your studies and interests can be difficult, and it has honestly taken until this term (the midway point in my degree!) to figure out an effective system for organisation. Today I want to share my methods for keeping organised whilst at university, from daily scheduling to meal planning to finance tracking. Hopefully it might give you a few ideas for staying organised too!

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One of my biggest fears during my first term at university was where I was going to live in second-year. I couldn’t believe that after just ten weeks living in halls I was expected to have found the people I was going to live with and a house to stay in. In the end, I didn’t have any of that figured out until towards the end of term two, but it was a cause of major anxiety for about half of my first year. So this year I thought I’d put together a four-post guide to second-year student housing.

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