Whether you’re an upcoming university student, or know the life far too well, this list will either warn you for what’s ahead or just roll off the tongue. Here is the A-Z guide to student life:
A is for Aldi
Every student knows Aldi is where it’s at for student food shopping. The discounts are unbeaten and the cashiers don’t mess around either, if you know, you know. You can be in and out within 10 minutes with proper bargains.
B is for Bills
For many, coming to university is the first time most students will be hit with legally binding contracts and bills. Bills can include electricity, water and many more. It’s no fun I’ll be honest, but it’s life apparently.
C is for Clubbing
University had us all clubbing on a Monday evening, thinking it was socially acceptable. Successful nights out at the club often mean your ears will be ringing, and you’ll find yourself at the nearest 24 hour McDonalds at 4am, with your face in a box of warm chicken nuggets.
D is for Discount
When you enrol as a student at university, the amount of discounts you have access to practically doubles. That little university ID card that you thought was useless, it’s now priceless. You’ll never go to a shopping centre without it…
E is for Exams
Exams season can hit hard at university! With the semester 1 exams being just after Christmas, you’ll have to find a new way to juggle the Christmas excitement with having your head in your books… Who planned deadlines and exams after Christmas anyway?
F is for Fresher’s Flu
Take this as a warning, Fresher’s Flu is real! Most of us get a bit too ahead of ourselves during freshers week, so keep yourself hydrated and well-fed or else you’ll be feeling it for weeks. Remember slow and steady wins the race (and to not mix drinks).
G is for Graduation
Just thinking about graduating gives me goose bumps. I literally cannot wait to be in the gown and hat, collecting my scroll. Graduation calls for one huge class reunion and drinks on the parents! This day, for many, will mark your years in education as complete.
H is for Halls
Halls is an experience and a half. Student halls are iconic honestly and although they’re often the home of 99% of things that put students off from coming to uni, if I could go back in time and do first year again, I would.
I is for Ice-breakers
By far the most awkward part of university, the ice-breakers. Don’t ask me why my professor at 9am on a Monday in first year thought it’d be fun if we all danced to break the ice… surely not. I can see the good intention but I’d rather strike up an awkward conversation than have a dance battle during my lecture.
J is for ‘Juice’
You’d be lying if you said that you didn’t live with someone in first year who described every alcoholic drink as, ‘it tastes like juice’. Sorry, but a straight shot of Vodka will never taste like juice. What kind of juice are these people drinking? You definitely won’t be stealing some of that out of their cupboard.
K is for Key cards
I couldn’t find a picture of the iconic Unite Students key cards, but in my first year I must’ve gone through at least 10 of them. They’re a recipe for disaster, I lost one key card in the fridge, and another in my wardrobe. But we all knew the drill of sticking them in the back of our phone cases.
L is for Library
So despite paying rent, you will, at some stage in your degree, practically move into the library, making it a second home. You’ll find your seat and desk, and sit there day and night. You’re going to find some right characters in the library, it’s more fun than it sounds.
M is for Modules
Not your elective modules that you wish you never chose… elective modules can either be your best or worst choice at university, as there is no one to blame but yourself. They are a great way to try new things and learn about different fields within your industry.
N is for Noise Complaints
Your time in halls frankly doesn’t count if you didn’t get hit with a noise complaint, but equally we’ve all wanted to make a noise complaint at times too. It seems your neighbours only have parties on the nights where you want an early night, convenient, huh?
O is for Open Days
Just like in freshers fairs, open days will provide you with enough pens to last your entire degree, and you always leave with the most random things. As a current uni student, I love seeing sixth formers come and look around on open days. I wish I knew how brilliant the uni experience was going to be back then, like I do now.
P is for Prees
Prees is such a good time. Whether you’re hosting or just attending, it’s a great time to catch up with friends and honestly, sometimes it’s more fun than the clubbing itself. Pree’s is where the DJ of the group comes out, as well as the ‘tastes like juice’ person, and of course, the lightweight.
Q is for Queuing
On a night out, you often get into your dress or jeans and a nice top, and head out to town. We are somehow surprised every single night when there is a queue outside the club, and that believe it or not, it’s cold at midnight in December. You get used to the queuing, kick start a conversation with the people behind or play some music and it’ll fly by.
R is for Rent
Probably the biggest payment students will face each year if they choose to live away from home is the big rent bills. Now, it does hurt your heart a bit when you pay the rent, but the rent in the real world is normally 10x worse, so we’ll take it on the chin.
S is for Societies
We are all encouraged to join societies at the start of university, but even if you don’t, you get a glimpse of societies when you’re out and about. When a bunch of rugby players walk into the club dressed in mini skirts, and the cheer society walk in wearing plastic bags for the anything but clothes night, you know the drill, leave them to it. If they’re happy, we’re happy.
T is for TV license
University students in the UK will know about the TV licensing letters for sure. Smacking you with all the threats of hefty fines despite never showing up, the fearmongering is real. It doesn’t count if you watch live TV on an unplugged laptop though (except for BBC) ?
U is for Uber
Whether it’s getting a taxi home after a long night, or getting your dinner delivered to the library on UberEats, a lot of your money will somehow go straight into Mr Uber’s pocket. The temptation is just far too high for us students.
V is for Varsity
Varsity is the biggest sports event of the year for universities across the country, and somehow we all become an expert and commentator when watching, but the competition is real. The insults get creative, and the pubs are always full to the brim.
W is for Washing-up
The washing-up will cause at least one argument a week in first year and as the university experience goes on, our cleanliness will fluctuate. Top tip: if you do want to ‘borrow’ a flatmates plate without them finding out, you’re going to have to wash it up, or else it could become obvious very quickly.
X is for X-ray
We all know one person who has had one too many, and found themselves sitting in a griming A+E waiting room in the early hours of the weekend. Look after yourself on a night out, and try not to encourage too much dangerous behaviour!
Y is for Yawning
The 9am lecture mood. Say no more.
Z is for Zoom
A more modern take on student life, but Zoom calls have taken over universities and schools across the world. Zoom encapsulated student life throughout 2020-2021 and I think we all started to miss the walk to uni, which is something we never thought we would.