Preparing for University: A Guide for Freshers


So, you’ve got your exam results and your acceptance letter, all that’s left is to get started with university life! At aparto, we not only believe in providing the best student accommodation possible, but we also aim to create a community our students can call home. From in-house pets to group activities, everything has been designed to give students a place to relax, socialise, and be themselves.

Part of our ethos includes supporting the students who live in our accommodation if they need any help or advice. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate guide to surviving Freshers’ Week, diving into all the rewarding experiences university has to offer. Whether you’re staying in Arbury Court at our Kingston location or you’re moving into Dublin’s Binary Hub, Dorset Point, or Montrose, you can expect the same amazing experience in all aparto student homes. 

Packing Essentials

This guide is designed to help you decide what you need to bring to university – and what you don’t. From your treasured childhood keepsakes to an endless supply of notepads, this is the definitive list of what you should bring and what you should leave behind to make sure you’re properly equipped for university life.

Moving In and Making Friends

Even the most sociable of people find the first few weeks of university daunting, especially because this is the time when you’re making new friends and finding where you fit in. Don’t worry though, everyone is in the same boat and our guide to moving in and making friends will have you feeling like a social butterfly in no time.

Money Management

The skint student is a regular feature in the media, but you don’t need to be living on rice and ketchup to get the full student experience. Manage your money properly and be the envy of all your friends when you can still afford a takeaway in the last week of term with our guide to all things money at university.

Surviving Fresher's Week

Freshers’ Week is your fun-filled, action-packed introduction to university and the time when people will be out making friends and trying new activities. Join in without having to spend an entire week in bed afterwards with our survival guide to all the socials, societies, and themed club nights you’ll be attending in Freshers’ Week.  

Safety Tips

Living alone for the first time is a big step and it’s important to be responsible when it comes to your safety. From locking up your bike to looking after your friends, these tips are just some of the ways you can keep yourself, your friends, and your belongings safe at university.

Student TV Licence Guide

All your household bills will be included in your aparto accommodation, but getting a TV licence usually falls to you and your housemates. If you watch TV and are not covered by a licence, you may find yourself with a hefty fine. Work out if you need one, whether you’re already covered, and how much it will cost with this definitive guide to getting a TV licence while you’re at university.

Student Council Tax Exemption

In England, Scotland, and Wales, properties are charged council tax to help fund the services of the local council. If you and your housemates are students you may be fully or partially exempt from paying council tax. Read our guide to find out what council tax is, whether you are exempt, and how to prove an exemption if you don’t have to pay council tax on your property.