Things we wish we'd known...

Handy hints from former residents about anything at all about student life at Carr-Saunders, LSE and London.

  • Acquaintances come and go, but if you recognise true and honest friendship, hold on to it for dear life, it doesn't come along too often

  • Either get there before 8pm, or buy tickets for the first week's Crush in advance, otherwise be prepared to queue the length of Houghton Street - 'one in, one out'

  • You get a duvet and pillow provided. So don't bring your own

  • It's not the hours you put in, but what you put into the hours that determine success!

  • OK, it sounds silly - but plastic flip-flops for the shower are a godsend!!

  • If you don't feel like cooking, try and eat upstairs in the restaurant - eating out can get costly and you can pile on the pounds!

  • Make friends with the reception staff - they can make your life easier or they can make it very hard! Get on their good side

  • Find out what time the cleaners do your nearest bathroom and try not to shower in these times

  • Label your food clearly with a permanent marker

  • Keep your food in plastic carrier bags to reduce temptation to steal

  • Any luxury goods such as Ben & Jerry's or alcohol should be consumed as soon as possible - it will go missing

  • Try buying a small plant for your room - it adds a homely touch

  • Do not bring back any items in Lent term that you didn't use in Michaelmas Term

  • Laundry room is very busy at weekends and evenings - try get it done during the day in the week

  • Register with the doctor and dentist - this shouldn't be left till needed!

  • If you have a laptop, invest in a security cable to make sure it stays put

  • Keep the bags and boxes you use to move in, store in overhead storage to use at the end of term

  • If you do not have enough of a certain colour wash, find a friend who may be able to make it a full load and split the cost

  • Do any readings you have as you go along. This will save hours when it comes to revision

  • Make good use of the University of London Union (ULU) facility. There are many events, classes, and sports facilities that are cheap and fun

  • If you are going to Crush wear clothes you don't mind having snakebite spilt down and shoes you don't mind being wrecked!

  • When leaving Crush, make sure you get your jackets in time to catch the 2am bus all the way home - safe and free!

  • Attend the dinner, quiz and talks on the first night - if you miss it people won't know who you are

  • Drink in the hall bar before going out - it's cheaper!

  • Be cautious of buying food that needs to be done in the oven. Carr-Saunders has no ovens, only a convection microwave - you can wait a while for your turn

  • Bring your own washing up stuff - sometimes the ones in the kitchens seem to make things dirtier!

  • If you're planning to have a guest, remember to request a mattress or someone will be sleeping on the floor!

  • If you have a problem with noise, report it straight away, or little will be done about it

  • Be friendly to the restaurant staff, it has its benefits!

  • If you have music software on your laptop eg media player or iTunes, import all your CDs to save you lugging them back and forth

  • Make careful selection of your courses - attend the initial few lectures and classes so you have the chance to change if you don't enjoy them

  • Go to all the hall parties - cheap drink and nice venues and music make a great night

  • Speak to people you usually wouldn't and branch out - you never know who you might meet

  • Take advantage of the cheap calling card on sale at reception, especially for long distance calls

  • Do not, unless you have to, rely on the computers and printer in the PC room - they can be unpredictable

  • Traditional meal times can get crazy in the kitchen. Try to eat a little before, a little afterwards or upstairs to avoid distress!

  • Pick up a copy of The Beaver Fresher's Guide from the student union - it has lots of useful information

  • Make sure you attend the school induction and your course inductions. Also get registration out of the way as quickly as possible

  • Take a set of four passport-sized photographs: two for Carr-Saunders reception to be handed in as soon as possible; one for an NUS card - you can benefit from discounts at hundreds of stores. Always ask when paying if they give NUS discount. The last one is for applying for the student discounted photo card for London transport - saves you 30% on all travel

  • Invest in a good mobile phone contract that gives you lots of free minutes or texts - whichever you use more. Phone bills can get out of hand

  • Look out for notices of people selling second-hand textbooks, you'll only need them for a while and it can get expensive to buy them all

  • Get a student account set up quickly, if you haven't already

  • To prevent drunken spending, never take cards to clubs. Only take as much cash as you intend to spend

  • Try and become a member, if not president, of a society. It will give you another set of friends and interesting things to do. Also looks good on your CV!

  • Become a member, or at least go to the Prince Charles Cinema just off Leicester Square. They show all good films just a few weeks late and it's very cheap

  • Become friends with the bouncers at Crush, you stand a greater chance of getting in and out without bruises!
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