After celebrating their A-Level results and confirming their places, students across Huddersfield are gearing up for university.

And the town will welcome an influx of undergraduates from across the country when Freshers' Fortnight at the University of Huddersfield kicks off on September 22.

The next few weeks will be a blur of Ikea shopping trips, packing and panic for many - and it's easy to feel overwhelmed when starting the next step of your education - and moving out of your family home to live on your own for the first time.

But never fear - we've spoken to graduates who have been there and done that, and asked them for some sound advice for this year's undergraduates.

From making friends to saving money, cooking advice to course choices, here's some wise words from alumni.

Get ready for university with these top tips from graduates:

  • Don't worry about fitting in, be yourself.
  • Get out there and get involved! Clubs/societies/teams - all great for making friends and getting a new routine established.
    University of Huddersfield men's tennis team
    University of Huddersfield men's tennis team
  • If you do have the misfortune of every having to ring the Student Loans Company, prepare to be on hold...
  • Get a job or some work experience to go alongside your studies, it will make you more employable.
  • Try and enjoy it and know that everyone feels a bit out of place at first, but stick with it and you'll find your home.
  • Dried pasta.
    Dried pasta - the backbone of the student diet
    Dried pasta - the backbone of the student diet
  • Do not under any circumstances get a credit card!
  • Although it seems like it at the time, a student overdraft is not free money.
  • Don't give up! The next few weeks can be scary but it does get better.
  • Shop at indoor and outdoor markets, it saves you an absolute packet.
    Save cash at Huddersfield Open Market
    Save cash at Huddersfield Open Market
  • On the day you move in, keep your door open with cans of beer visible. It's like making lifelong friends 101.
  • Do give up! Very few people get it right first time. Don't be scared to change courses and start again. It's better to take an extra year and enjoy the course rather than hate the years you are there.
  • Get out of the student bubble, if you can. Having come back to the city where I went to uni, I realise I missed out on lots by sticking to the familiar bits/same areas.
    Why not take a day trip to Holmfirth?
    Why not take a day trip to Holmfirth?
  • Stock up on vitamin C and paracetamol because you WILL get ill!
  • Learn to cook.
  • Find a non-course related society to join, it will help you feel like there is something other to your life than drinking and course work.
  • Treat the locals with respect.

Got some sound advice for students heading off to start their degrees?

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