I’ve been commuting back and forth whilst at uni for over two years now and whilst I don’t regret that choice at all – it’s not always fun. Especially when you’re tired. Here are my three tips for surviving the journey in one functioning piece.
1) Have something to listen to
Not that you’re likely to sit in silence for your journey – but you know what I mean. Be it a new album or a specific playlist, queue up some good music and sing your heart out on the way to uni. I like to have my own concert in my car.
That’s if I’m not listening to a podcast – they can be both motivating and entertaining too. Here’s a post about the ones I recommend (but Rhett & Link’s Ear biscuits is my guilty pleasure).
When you’re coming up to exams or studying for something – it’s a good idea to listen to something more topical. I’ve listened to audiobooks of the set reading on the way to class. No shame.
2) Try to find discounts
It’s no big secret that uni is an overwhelming expense and whilst I save living at home, I personally have to get the bus into town once I’ve parked. Although it’s only £3.50 a day, that definitely adds up.
My university offers a discount card for the bus service and so does the council. Shop around, work out who has the better travel discounts and save yourself money to spend on a pitcher of Purple Rain at Spoons instead. P.S. how great would student discount on petrol be?
3) Be prepared
Leave ahead of time. If I have a 9am lecture, I have to leave the house at 7 just to beat traffic, even though my journey is 40 minutes. Never underestimate the idiots on the road.
Make sure you eat and drink before you leave – if only to assist you in waking up. Nowadays, I have to down two coffees before I can even get in the car because I get so tired driving and that’s not okay.
Get an adapter to charge your phone in the car so you don’t have to keep annoying your friends in class. (Lol, sorry Mill). I’ll never forget the time my phone died and I had to wait an hour for Charlotte outside her flat in the rain, to get my bag. I had no idea where she was and was just hoping she’d come home eventually. Seriously, my phone has about as much energy as a toddler after a birthday party.
Try to keep your car clean (this is actually the messiest part of my life). I’m all about tidy environment, tidy mind and need to get my car cleaned as soon as possible.
Got any tips of your own for commuting? Let me know, I need all the help I can get. Be sure to check back tomorrow for more university content for #BackToUniWeek.