College is an exciting time for most students. There is so much new to learn and explore that it can be easy to feel like you are missing out on the full experience. These tips will help you make the most of your time at the University of Washington.
1. Consider Off-Campus Housing.
The University of Washington doesn’t have an on-campus housing requirement. While living on campus puts you right in the center of the action, some students may prefer the quieter atmosphere or lower costs of other housing options. Students are free to live in the UW residence halls, in their family homes, or UW Off Campus Housing. Off-Campus Housing Affairs is a resource provided by the Associated Students of the University of Washington that helps students and parents find off-campus housing.
2. Explore the Campus.
Whether you are worried about making it to class on time or just want to discover all of the fun things there are to do on campus, exploring is a great way to figure out where everything is and how to get there. UW Campus Maps makes it easy to find building names and directions on your mobile device. UW Scout helps you find all the great places to eat and study on campus.
3. Form Study Groups.
Study groups are both a great way to stay on top of your classwork and to make new friends. To get started, talk to your classmates and ask if any of them are interested in joining a study group. You can choose to meet up in your favorite coffee shop, shady spot on campus, the library or even online. Pick a regular time that works for everyone. If your study buddies are all taking the same courses as you, feel free to create multiple groups for different subject areas.
4. Play Nice With Your Roommate.
Roommate situations don’t always work out as well as you might like, particularly if you were randomly assigned to someone who may not have a similar personality or interests as you. However, you will enjoy your campus life more if you work to resolve any conflicts you have with your roommate equitably, rather than bickering or gossiping about each other to your friends. Try to establish some ground rules that you can both agree to so that you aren’t unintentionally annoying each other and everyone knows what to expect.
5. Go to Some Campus Events.
There are over 900 student clubs at UW, so there’s almost always something going on. It would be impossible to attend every event on campus, but try to find some events that you think you would enjoy attending. Events range from educational opportunities, such as TED talks to fun events, such as movie nights and craft sessions.
Don’t stress yourself out trying to experience absolutely everything there is to experience in college life. However, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and take in as much of it as your schedule and comfort level allows.