Written by Imogen Byers
BA (Hons) Communication & Media
If you are looking at going to university, there are always going to be rumours and expectations about what it is really like. But are they always true?
You will always be skint.
Ok, you many not be able to afford to dine out with 3 course meals every night but you definitely don’t have to stick to beans on toast. Your maintenance loan should cover you enough to feed yourself properly, buy everything you need for the house AND should also leave you with a bit of money left over. Whether you decide to spend all your money on cocktails or holidays is up to you, but if you don’t go out every night and spend £60 on drinks, you should be able to afford to do the things you want.
Every night is a party.
The correction of this myth should be: every night CAN be a party, but it doesn’t have to be. When you start university, you normally have a fresher’s week where there is a special event on every night of the week which allows you to meet new people and get a general feel of what your uni and town has to offer. There is no obligation to go to all of these though, and plenty of people don’t. Throughout your time at university, there will probably be something going on every night, whether it be a club night, a gig or a comedy evening. If you have a big FOMO (fear of missing out), this can be quite challenging. But, you will come to see, that a night in with the house/flatmates, eating good food and watching rubbish TV is also a very frequent feature of an undergrad’s social life.
A high percentage of students (more than ever!) don’t drink so there is no need to worry that you won’t fit into others boozy behaviour.
Your lecturers won’t know you
When you first realize that there could be 300+ people in your lectures, it’s easy to believe the misconception that you will never get a chance to talk to or meet the lecturer, and if you think about it like a school classroom, that probably would be the case. However, at uni, you will have seminars as well where the lecturers will speak to you with only the fifteen or so others in your group. In seminars, you can get to know your lecturers and you may find that what they research is really interesting. There’s a much smaller gap between lecturers and students than teachers and pupils. You can call lecturers by their first name and, horror of horrors, you might even realize that they have a life outside of uni too.
Every uni will be different, I’m sure. But here is what I have found about studying at BU so far!