To-do list

Timeline of moving to uni

The process of moving to university can be scary, so here’s a timeline of what to expect when coming to Lincoln!

Results day

The day that most people dread – but shouldn’t! This is when you’ll find out if you’re coming to Lincoln and start your university journey.

Accommodation sorting

Picking where you want to live during your time at university can be stressful! Make sure you do lots of research around which accommodation you find best suited to you. You will have to rank your favourite accommodations from 1 to 5 and then you will be allocated one closer to the moving date. The student life page has lots of tours of different accommodations to help you get a feel for the different options.

Buying resources

You will need lots of different things before coming to university – so make sure you’re prepared. From kitchen utensils to comfy blankets, you don’t want to forget anything! Putting together a list of all the different things you need may come in handy.


There’s a lot to bring to university and it can be stressful to try and get everything packed. Using a list to make sure you have packed everything can take a lot of the stress out of packing. If you’re unsure on what to bring and what not to bring, check out Lauren’s article to help you make some of those decisions.

Two people holding large moving boxes. Their faces are obscured.

Spending time with your friends

Leaving friends from back home can be upsetting. Make sure to spend time with them before you leave and arrange dates that you can meet up!

Organising your journey to university

Whether you’re coming on the train or getting a lift with your family, you need to know the way! Plan a route or make sure you know the train times so you do not miss it! Make sure to set off a little early so you have time for unexpected stops or traffic. Remember to consider parking options and see if you can find a plan of the day if you’re moving into university-owned accommodation!

Lincoln cathedral

Moving in

This can be an overwhelming step when moving to university as there are so many people trying to move in as well. Try to make the process as efficient as possible so you don’t have to keep going back and forth. Introduce yourself to the other people you might be living with to make a good first impression!

Settling in

Try to unpack your things as soon as possible so that your room feels homely. Spend time in shared spaces and keep your door unlocked so that your flatmates can say hello and get to know you. Once you’re settled in and unpacked, aim to get to know your new friends by exploring Lincoln or cooking a meal together. If you’re not sure how to settle in and get the most out of university, then read Owen’s article to give you a better idea!

4 young people, 2 standing and 2 sitting, laughing together


This is when you can get to know your flatmates and coursemates better. It can often involve going out to pubs and clubs, but if this is not your thing, don’t worry! There are lots of other things to do, from quizzes to other activities. Try to make the most of this experience as it is a good time to get to know lots of new people.

Overall, don’t be scared about moving to university – it can be a great way to make friends for life. For more information and guidance, check out the Online Orientation hub, where you can find details on accommodation, skills, Lincoln and more!

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