4 Top Tips for Final Year University Students

If you’re currently in your final year of university, the prospect of graduating may seem daunting. As you have sailed through the first two years, your final year is what matters most– so make it count.

Your year will be packed with exams and dissertations and finding a graduate job, as well as having to face up to the fact that you’re soon to be entering the real world of work. While it may seem like a total minefield, bear in mind that is all about planning and preparation to ensure your journey is as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

In this article, we’re going to look at some of the key ways you can truly make the most of your final year at university:

Prioritise your mental health

Although you may be geared up to succeed in your final year, you’ll likely become drained very quickly if you don’t put your mental health as a priority. You’ll be spending most days of the week revising for exams and completing assignments and while this is all of high importance, taking a step back from time to time for self-care ensures you’re getting the correct work/life balance to remain happy and healthy.

During the evenings or weekends, make time for yourself around your other commitments — whether it be spending time with friends, joining an on-campus society, or enjoying hobbies.

Get searching for graduate jobs early

The graduate job hunt is a minefield. Thousands of graduates will be searching for jobs at the same time as you, so it is wise to get ahead of the game and start your search as early as possible. In doing so, you’ll spot the very best jobs in your sector and have the chance to apply months before the start date. You can find a whole host of graduate jobs and internships in and around London at Inspiring Interns.

Find accommodation for your final year of university

While many students are typically housed in student halls during their first and second years of university, those in their final year are often expected to find alternative student accommodation such as a house or apartment-share. Don’t leave it to the last minute, as the best and closest accommodation to campus is likely to be booked up. Whatever city you’re
keen to move to, you’ll find a whole host of accommodation options including studios, private bedrooms, apartments, and shared bedrooms at Uniplaces.com. Explore things to do and see, places to eat, travel info and so much more in Uniplaces City Guides and learn tips about moving and living in a new city on our blog Unipalces Stories.

Build a support network

While studying for your degree is largely an independent effort, don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it. This may include asking one of your peers to share their lecture notes with you if you were unable to attend, or even booking an appointment with your tutor to keep track of your progress.

Additionally, make use of your university career centre, if you require help and guidance about your next steps.

The final year of university comes with new challenges, therefore, whether they be academic or emotional, make use of the additional help available for the sake of your wellbeing and development.

This article is written in collaboration with Uniplaces.