With 9am lectures, assignments, hobbies and a social life to balance, being a student is busy, but it’s also a great opportunity to try new things and meet people. With that in mind, here’s some of our favourite student life hacks to help maximise your time and make life a little easier…
- Set up email forwarding from your Uni account – You get a lot of important messages through your University email address, whether that’s from your Personal Tutor or a Careers Consultant. You should check it every day, but if you’re likely to forget, make sure you don’t miss out on anything by forwarding your University emails to your personal email account.
- Bookmark Me@Reading and Essentials – Your Me@Reading student portal gives you access to everything you need, all in one place – from your inbox and academic timetable, to links to useful resources like Blackboard and RISIS. It also has news, events and reminders tailored to you. The Essentials pages are your online student handbook for all things ‘student life’. Make sure you keep up to date and by bookmarking them both!
- Manage your money – Budgeting is a good way to avoid money stress, so you know you have enough left over to book that summer break you’ve had planned or even just to buy enough food for the month. If you want to speak to someone for advice, see our Money Matters page. It’s also worth getting an NUS extra card from RUSU to save money on loads of things, whether you’re going out for dinner or buying some new stationery.
- Get cooking – Buying and planning the ingredients for your meals in advance can be a great time saver, and it’s also cheaper and healthier than ordering that late-night takeaway. com has some great ideas for cheap, quick and healthy meals. Planning one day a week to cook a big meal with your housemates is also a great way to bring everyone together and save a bit of money.
- Register with a nearby GP – You never know when you might need to see a doctor, and there’s nothing worse than having to sort everything out when you’re not feeling your best. Register with a GP early on in the term so you can easily get an appointment when you need one.
- Look after yourself – You don’t necessarily need to pay loads or take a lot of time out of your day to keep fit – why not look for a half an hour workout on YouTube, or go for a walk or jog with friends.
- Stay safe – We have an amazing Security Team here at the University who are always around to help if you need it. If you ever find yourself in a difficult position, it’s a good idea to have their number ready on your phone -0118 378 6300. It’s also good to be aware of Chaperone Service, where you can ask a member of Security to walk you through an area of campus if you feel unsafe.
- Apps to help you out – There are a lot of things you can do to make your life easier, but it never hurts to have the help of a handy app on your phone. Here’s our pick of the best for students:
– Blackboard – You can use this to easily check your lectures and assignments on your phone.
– Sleepyti.me – This app tells you the best time to go to bed if you have to be up at a certain time – a good way to avoid falling asleep in lectures!
– RescueTime – RescueTime shows you how you spend your time and offers tips on how to become more productive – you can set goals and block distracting websites like Facebook and Instagram.
For more student life hacks, take a look at the Student Room’s guide.