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3 realities of student life weekly: University of Hull


The vast majority of prospective students envisage university to be a place that people simply work hard, play hard), occasional clubbing and sticking to a routine. However, the sad reality is that is far from the norm, with many students experiencing what we call “Student Problems”

Here are 5 realities of student life at the University of Hull:


From sleeping at reasonable times and awaking at 6/7am, this routine diminishes. This could be making that lovely pasta bake at 2am before 9am lectures or having a much-needed breakfast at 1pm. Sadly, there is no in-between when. Despite this, fear not guys! as aiming to create alternatives such as an invisibility to lights and set meal times will remove you from this cohort. Forget what anyone says, remember it is you against the world!

You may think to yourself “Oh finally, I get my independence and can eat more how I please”. Unfortunately, the reality is that this could not be further from the truth. University rather consists of not knowing where your next meal will come from and a lack of effort and variety in food choice. You can be the change to this! For instance, pre-cook for the week and keep a food diary, we believe in you!

3.      SPORTS/GYM
First coming to university involves the excitement of joining sports teams and signing up for the university gym. However, the reality is opposite. Standard university days can be torture, causing fatigue and laziness. But remember, it is key to work out and the worst workout is the workout that never happened!

Student House Chronicles

First to second year of university. Not seen as the biggest leap in your university, but the transition of on-campus living to student housing. This is a change needed for university, where the experience becomes a lot more authentic and enjoyable.

3 reasons to move into a student house:

#1 Flexibilty /Freedom
In all honesty, living in a student house most definitely has its advantages over student halls. Especially based upon the fact that you can relax more and not have to escorted by the wardens in routine fire drills when trying to catch extra sleep. This encourages independency and a more standard way of student living!

#2 Living with potential friends for life!

Living in a student house gives you the opportunity to select flatmates who you are yourself around! This differs massively from student halls, in which flatmates are randomised, which more often that not risks you being with people that have clashing personalities. Therefore, student housing gives you time to develop friendships to a level where you will be in close contact post university!

#3 Gain independence
Of course, attending university helps develops independence, but student living develops this to a higher degree. This is because halls are associated with so called “babysitting”, in the sense that some meals are catered for and kitchens have regular communal cleaning service. However, student housing has none of this and requires for you to be more organised and take control of day-today life. This is because for instance, you will be doing activities solo, such as going to the library and simply living alone
What are your experiences of student living? Let us know below!

BY ASARPONG 201801864

Study tips for prospective students at the University of Hull

Coming to university and beginning semester 1 creates a new ball pool for you. This involves finding effective ways to study. Here I will explain a few methods based upon personal experience.

Room Bookings
Room bookings are most definitely an effective way of  learning effectively. This is because you can work collaboratively and acquire valuable pieces of knowledge from one other. Remember, we are all students in the same pool, and your weaknesses could be someone else’s strength and vice versa! Using this method of learning could indirectly boost marks in exams and assignments set!

Printing lecture slides

Printing lecture slides, predominantly in more important lecture material is imperative. Doing this allows you to write extra information from lecturers onto your printed lecture slides and highlight key information. This offers an advantage amongst other students, as you more likely to refer back to it than if using a laptop and adding footer notes. Hopefully by doing this, you will be able to plan essays and assignments with ease!


Consultation at university is vital for acquiring better knowledge and progress within each module. Your lecturers list office hours in the introductory lectures, use them! If you are unsure about any material prepare a draft of questions you wish to ask and take them to your lecturer’s office. Using consultation to your advantage ensures you have ticked off boxes for progress and do not fall behind!
Do you have any advice on how to study effectively? Let us know below!