15 Student Survival Tips for Settling in Your New Varsity Lodge Accommodation in Pretoria

Are you about to start your first year of university? You have probably been waiting for this moment to arrive since you were in grade 10. Finally, you have taken the leap from high school to university. You have heard many tales, and you have been told by many graduates that their university years were the best years of their lives. You have probably also heard that the friends you make at varsity will be the friends you keep for life. Well, it is all true. Life begins at varsity – and it all starts once you have settled into your student accommodation.

We Provide Safe Accommodation in Pretoria and a Friendly Environment

Whether you are a student at the University of Pretoria, CSIR, or TUT in Pretoria, you have probably already got your space at one of several Varsity Lodge properties. As specialists in the provision of clean, upmarket, and affordable studentaccommodation acrossPretoria and Johannesburg, we provide a structured, safe, and friendly environment where students can make friends easily, do assignments together in the study, watch satellite in the entertainment area, clean their clothes at the laundry facilities, and even cook meals together in the kitchen. 

At Varsity Lodge, we firmly believe that the next few years to come are some of the most important years of your life. You will be learning how to be independent, you will be making new networks, and on weekends, you will be venturing off to new and exciting places with new friends. University is probably one of the only times in life where you will have the opportunity to meet a diverse range of interesting people – all of whom will be looking to make friends just like you.

It Is Normal to be Nervous and Homesick

If it is your first time away from home, then it is understandable to be a little nervous and homesick – especially when surrounded by new personalities. But know that you are not alone because the new students around you are feeling just the same. Having said that, we have put together some handy survival tips to make your transition process easier, smoother, and more enjoyable:

  1. Add calmness to your room with plants 
  2. Be open, friendly, and put yourself out there
  3. Brighten up your room with the right lighting and lampshades
  4. Choose your friends wisely
  5. Create a comfy bed with two sets of nice bedding and cushions
  6. Eat right and exercise when you can
  7. Get involved in community activities
  8. Familiarise yourself with your new neighbourhood and city
  9. Get a routine going quickly – and stick to it
  10. Get the right healthy, comfort foods to lift your mood 
  11. Give your walls personality with family pictures and posters of things you love
  12. Tidy your room regularly
  13. Manage your money carefully
  14. Reach out for help if you need it, and 
  15. Give it time.

Follow our top survival tips – and before you know it, you will be calling your new Varsity Lodge student accommodation in Pretoria home.