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A Guide to Uni Life: The one stop guide to what university is REALLY like Paperback – 26 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Trotman; 1 edition (26 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844552160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844552160
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

After writing her first book - on student life - whilst still a student at Oxford University, journalist Lucy Tobin is now a seasoned author with four books to her name. She is an award-winning reporter, self-confessed money-saving nerd, and personal finance editor of the Evening Standard. Lucy is also a contributor to Radio 4's Broadcasting House, and Women's Hour, BBC TV's Breakfast and Show me the Money, plus Sky News and BBC News 24.
She can also be found in magazines including Grazia, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and the Sunday Times Magazine, and has written for newspapers including The Independent, Guardian, The Times, The Daily Express and The Daily Telegraph.
Find out more about her latest book, Ausperity, at ausperity.com, on lucytobin.com or Twitter @lucytobin.

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The guide to university life – by students for students

From the Author

`So, are you excited?' As a soon-to-be-fresher, these were words that I was asked over and over again as I started packing for my new life as a university student. The answer was yes - I was excited to make new friends, to start a new course, to learn to live independently. But I was also pretty nervous. How would I cook for myself every day? What should I pack? Would it be a big jump from A Levels to studying for a degree? Talking to my friends didn't help, since most of them had the same questions - and more. I arrived at my university halls squashed into the car alongside my mum, dad, and everything I thought I could possibly need. Ever. I didn't quite take the kitchen sink, but I did nick most of the contents of that sink. I thought that my college kitchen wouldn't contain so much as a teaspoon. But as it turned out, it was fully equipped and anyhow my room was so tiny that my parents had to return home with half of my belongings. Plus, I'd still managed to forget some vital items. (Boring though they sound, plug extension cables are really, really useful...) One drunken night in my third year at uni, some friends and I started compiling a list of all the things we wish we'd known when we started at university. Like the fact that turning up to library induction in freshers' week might actually have been the most useful hour of the whole of the first year. If only we'd done so.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan J. Panting on 1 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my daughter who starts Uni this year. There were so many to chosse from so I wasn't sure which would be best. I chose this one as it was written by student and I thought she'd know what she was talking about. I read it one evening before I paseed it on. What a great book! It's full of really useful tips on what to do and what to take and is written in an informative but humourous way. It also reassures the reader that any issues they have, have almost certainly been experienced by many people before them and the key is not to panic!
My daughter groaned when I gave it to her at first, probably thinking not more stuff for me to read, but she soon devoured it and it has proved a hit! - also has a few recipes in the back................;)
Money well spent in my opinion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By YS Levey on 21 Aug. 2011
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Bought this guide for my little bro who is off to Uni this Sept and gave it a sneaky read beforehand. Its pretty short and concise so is sure to hold the attention of even MY brother, and it just simply covers all the basics of things he'll probably need to know when he's come out of his drink-fuelled binge of Fresher's week. Its a really good guide to have sitting on your shelf, that you can reference if you've got questions, especially about the stuff that you wouldn't even think to ask about pre-Uni, like a simple guide to washing, how to go food shopping, and even health tips and advice. I reckon that he'll definitely find it useful (especially as dipping in and out of this book is much less effort than asking someone!) :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CeeAreGee on 22 Sept. 2009
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Pre-ordered this and got it sent to the university accommodation. It actually turned up earlier than expected so didn't have it before leaving home :-(. After delivering son to room & helping to settle in etc, left him to own devices to eventually find the post-room etc that took care of the packages & parcels. In a brief exchange the next day asking how the headache from the first night pub-crawl was and had he managed to cook something up, he did say, "Oh yeah, that book - not bad Dad, read a bit of it - not bad at all so far". For me that was money well spent. I hope the rest of the Freshers week leaves him time to read more...it will do him some good.. and probably some of his house-mates too !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sadoldgit on 18 May 2011
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My Auntie told me she had bought me a book about University life for when I go off in September and my reaction, of course, was 'why is she wasting her money on this now, i can find out everything on the internet'. It arrived today and I have only quickly flicked through but it seems so so helpful! I agree with the other reviews that it is written in a really friendly, easy to read kind of way and its really good to just have a quick look at as there are all different sections. the section that i have found most useful is the money one ! :) I have already signed up to many of the websites recommended in the book!

Amazing book, totally worth it! It's not just for freshers either, so it's a real investment 8)

Cat
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amibovered on 4 Aug. 2010
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I have been in the process in the past year of going to university and have been looking for some guidnace on what to do and expect. I first picked up this book in school and have never put it down since! It is one of the best books that i have read, giving great ideas, tips & hints of what to expect and do when time to go to university arrives. I can safely say it is that good a book that it has been the first book i have read fully in years, it kept me intrigued every step of the way and is superbly written by an excellent author. I would recommend this to any body! (Especially young people going to uni)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sunnydaze on 4 Oct. 2013
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Some really good tips on what to bring with you and what to expect. Puts a parent's (and student's) mind at rest about a lot of subjects they were perhaps a bit worried about but didn't want to voice. Some chapters won't apply so it's not a long read, I read it over about 3 evenings, skipping a few bits which weren't relevant to my son. My son has even taken the book with him to Uni to refer to. Would definitely recommend if it's your first child going to Uni.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 13 Mar. 2014
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Daughter has gone off to uni now, she found the book really useful, helped settle her nerves a lot. Useful book for tips etc.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara on 3 Aug. 2014
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A fantastic and informative read for anyone heading to uni, or already at uni. Covers all the basics and more. The only issue is the stuff on university funding which is obviously out of date, but other than that extremely helpful. Includes a wonderful list of what you should take (included a lot of stuff that I had not thought of) and teaches/advises you on everything from freshers to moving house in 2nd year.

I was quite nervous about going to university in September but this book has calmed me and made me very very excited to be heading off. Would definitely recommend.
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