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As you pack up your things and get ready to leave your family home, you’re probably feeling a mixed bag of emotions. Happy, excited, nervous, curious – you name it, you’re probably feeling it. And there’s no doubt, that you’ll feel home sick at some point during your first few weeks or months at university. But there are a few things you can do that will help make settling into your residences even easier, and make it feel like a home from home.

Fill your cupboards
Just because you’re living in a different place, doesn’t mean you should go without. Stock up on all the essential day-to-day items of food and drink that you would normally find in your kitchen. Whether it’s milk and cereal or bread and spread, make sure you have everything you need for breakfast so you don’t feel like a stranger waking up in your own home.

Personalise your room
Add that personal touch to your new room and make it feel like your own by bringing along some items from home. Snap some photos with your school friends and family before you leave and pin them to your notice board – it’ll not only bring a bit of colour and life to your wall, but you’ll be reminded of the good times and people back home. But that’s not all, pack some soft toys, colourful cushions or decorative ornaments to soften your room and make you feel right at home.

Know your neighbours
Although you’ll be moving to university and your new home on your own, remember, you’re not alone. Everyone will be in the same situation as you. So, give your neighbours a friendly knock, say hello and get to know your fellow residents. You don’t have to be best friends, but it’s always nice to have someone to chat to instead of avoiding eye contact and conversation as you pass one another in the corridor. And to make breaking the ice even easier, we’ll be hosting numerous social events in the common areas at The Hub throughout the year for you to attend and mingle with other residents.

Stay connected
Ok so you’re leaving home, but it’s not goodbyes forever. In this day and age, it’s quick and simple to communicate with anyone from around the world, at any time. From Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp or Messenger, to Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, as long as you’ve got an internet connection it’s easy to stay connected. And that won’t be a problem when living with us at The Hub, as we provide free wired internet and Wi-Fi so you can speak, share and Snapchat until your heart’s content.

Explore the city
Ok, so you’ve managed to navigate your way through the city and have safely arrived at your accommodation, you have a rough idea of where your university is, but what about everything else in between? Take a walk outside your accommodation and spend the afternoon sussing out the local area. Find out where the nearest supermarkets, bars, shops, bus stops and train stations are so you’re familiar and confident with your surroundings. It’s worth finding out your local delivery takeaway outlets too – you never know when you might need some comfort food delivered to your door!