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Finding Your Independence at University

University can be a very daunting thought for someone who is just coming out of college/sixth form, and it may seem like you’ve been ‘thrown in the deep end’. But don’t threat – your time at university is the perfect opportunity for you to grow as a person and gather a greater sense of independence. With this in mind, we have written this article to give you some top tips on how to enjoy your newfound independence:

1) Look after your finances
Money is the number one stress that students have during their university experience, but this is a really important time for you to learn how to save and budget your money correctly. Although for some students this may seem overwhelming but finding a part-time job alongside your studies will help you on your journey to be financially independent (and teach you not to rely on the bank of mum and dad!). There are also a number of different scholarships available for both undergraduates and postgraduates, so it is worth speaking to your tutors or having a look at your university website.

2) Answer your questions
You can’t always rely on those around you – so make sure you are actively searching for information and answers independently. Self-teaching will be a key part in creating your sense of independence. Attend university workshops and check out online resources for a great way of skilling yourself up.

3) Ask for help when you need it!
Sometimes the most adult thing you can do is ask for help when you need it. Take advantage of your fellow students, roommates, friends, and tutors. Understanding when you are struggling with something and asking for assistance is one of the greatest forms of self-independence. Don’t suffer in silence – nobody will know you need help if you don’t speak up.
Aspen Student Life offers a unique living experience for all residents, empowering you to live, work, and socialise all under one roof – with spaces designed with your happiness and well-being in mind. We’ve got a great range of stylish living options to suit all budgets and needs – helping you gain the independence that you need!

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