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What do you wish you had known before you started university?

Students from around the world share the advice they wish they had known before heading off to college

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Seeta Bhardwa

Editor, THE Student
July 24 2017
What I wish I'd known before going to university


University is a funny old place. Will there ever be another time in your life when you can make friends just by standing outside your bedroom? Any other place where you can learn to salsa dance and join a Harry Potter society while expanding your knowledge of your favourite subject?

Most people who have been to university or are currently at college would probably agree that studying at university has a steep learning curve. You will learn so many new things while you are there – some useful and some not so useful. 

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So we asked some students from all over the world about the one thing they wish they had known before going to university, to prepare those students who will be heading to university this autumn. 

Share your advice – you could win a prize worth £350!

Now it's your turn! If you are a current or former university student, think back to your first day of university and the things that you have learned since then. What would you tell that nervous fresher about university to prep them for the next three years of their life, knowing what you know now?

If you fancy winning a Samsung smart watch worth £349, then simply send us a short video clip telling us the one thing you wish you had known before you went to university. You can film it on your smart phone or tablet – it's the advice we are interested in, not your production values!

Follow the competition on social media at #THEuniadvice, and don’t forget to tell us your full name, the course you study and which university you study / studied at.

All video entries should be sent to

The smartwatch was gifted from Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in South Korea. 

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