7 Things No One Tells You About Going To University


7 things no one tells you about going to uni. The realities of being a student in the UK
Having just finished second year, I am now technically in my third and final year of University, eek. Where has time gone??? I know I say it all the time, but going to uni has been the best experience of my life thus far, and I honestly wouldn't change it for the world. I've met some amazing people, I've done things I never imagined I'd do, all whilst living with my best friends. Life is good, boys and girls. That being said, there are quite a few things I hadn't realised about uni until I got there, so I thought I'd compile a list of a few of them 

1. Being an adult is expensive

It's only when you move out and have to fend for yourself that you realise that daily life is expensive. There's no magic fairies around restocking toilet roll and laundry detergent, and every month there are utility bills that unfortunately aren't optional. School never prepared me for the heartbreak that is spending £30 on a water bill. 

2. Making it to 9ams is an extreme sport for only the bravest

Now that I'm at university I have no idea how we all went to school for 8am every day, no hassle. 9ams are always the emptiest of lectures and there's always that sense of achievement when you do actually make it to one. It's not like 9 is even that early, there's just something about 9ams lectures...

3. Going out gets boring

Lol, am I allowed to be a student and say that? I don't know, there's something pretty dull about dancing around in a club to the same exact songs for a fourth night in a row that just doesn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, I loooove a good drunken boogie with my friends, just not 10 day benders, please and thank you.

4. Your housemates absolutely make or break your experience

Obviously, there are far more people at your university besides just your flat, but your flatmates are the ones you see all the time, day in day out. You argue with them all the time about washing up, being messy and taking the bins out, but at the end of the day, there's nothing that binds a friendship better than cleaning a sick covered toilet together. Whilst it's not the end of the world, being put in a 'bad' flat definitely puts a huge dampener on the whole uni experience. 

5. Cooking and preparing meals is a chore

Before uni I was so excited for the freedom of cooking and eating whatever I want when I want. Spoiler: that gets boring real quick. After 7 laps of Aldi and only a packet of custard creams in your basket, the novelty really does wear off. On the plus side, if you want garlic bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, heck have garlic bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

6. Freshers week is 10000% overrated 

Yes, it's a week (we had two) of all sorts of activities, but no one knows anyone yet. The best nights at uni are the most recent ones with your best friends, and not Tom, Dick and Harry who you met at the common room 5 minutes before heading to the club, and will inevitably never see again.

7. Everyone knows everyone

I think I say 'uni is such a small world' at least three times a week. Despite going to a fairly big uni, it seems that everyone knows everyone, literally. No matter who you meet there is always a link back to someone you know or things you've done. It's so weird that in a uni of 24,000 people, this happens on a very regular basis. Madness. 

Do you have anything to add to this list?

If you've gotten this far and want to read more, I've since written a post including another 5 things people don't tell you about going to university


  1. Thank you for this! I'm always so interested in reading stuff like this about college like how hard it actually is etc. You would think more people would talk about stuff like that!

    Sabrina || www.thedutchbloggergirl.com

    1. Yeah, I haven't seen many posts like this before, I'm glad it was helpful!

  2. Couldn't agree more about 9am's being an extreme sport, I missed way too many this year and I feel like it might continue into next year - oops!

    Lucy | Forever September

  3. Hahahah the 9ams soon become the 10ams and before you know it you've missed a whole semester!

  4. I've just finished my second year for psychology too and I genuinely agree with every single thing. You're so right about the cooking stuff, I fully intended on cooking healthy meals but it's deffo been a lot of microwavable/frozen food quick and easy living not gonna lie. Also glad to know your uni feels small too because my uni has only about 9000 people so glad bigger unis feel the whole small world vibe too.

    xx Shameta

  5. Hahah I loved reading this post! I've also just finished second year and everything here I can literally relate to so much. It's nice to know other people feel the same, especially about how going out endless times starts to get very boring..

    Katie x