Preparing For Residential College


If you are about to head off to university while living in a residential college, then you are going to have ensure that you are well prepared. The excitement and the emotions surrounding this can often overwhelm people but in order to make the most out of your time at your chosen university & residential college, it is vital that you get yourself ready before you leave home. Preparing for university is going to require some time, a checklist and a little bit of research can go a long way to make sure you get yourself well prepared.


When you arrive at college, you will more than likely be swept up with the general atmosphere of university such as going out, drinking and partying. Therefore, it is essential that you plan a budget now, rather than later to make sure you don’t dig yourself a financial hole you can’t get out of. Using a pen and paper or a handy budgeting app, work out how much you have now, how much you’ll be getting a month either from student loans, parents or work, and then ascertain what exactly you’ll have to spend money on. In many of these cases this will involve you guessing the amounts, and, in these cases, it is recommended to go with numbers in a worst-case scenario. Over-plan rather than under-plan.

Getting to Grips with Classes

The last thing that you need is to be missing university classes, when you first arrive at your college. Living by yourself can be daunting and you can easily forget things so make sure to create a schedule and make a point of learning where each class is. A handy trick here is to take a photo of your schedule and then make that your wallpaper on your phone, so that you are never without it.

Buying Essentials

Here is a quick checklist of some college essentials which you are going to need during your time at residential college.

  • Extension Cord for your tech chargers and gadgets
  • Fan or AC unit/ Portable heater
  • Basic Kitchenware like pots and pans, knives, utensils and crockery
  • Laundry detergent and cleaning supplies
  • Bicycle with a padlock for getting around campus
  • Bedding

However, it is important to note that this is quite a general list. For example, many residential colleges offer free meals as part of the accommodation package and also provide students with a heating or air conditioning system. So be sure to check your residential college before making your own list.

Making Friends

Residential college is the perfect time to make some friends. While it is hard to “plan” on making friends there are steps that can be taken such as joining residential college forums & Facebook groups. Even if you don’t contribute to the group on many occasions these places offer a lot of helpful information about the college itself.

Get prepped now so that you can really enjoy your first weeks and months at residential college and university.