Travelling a distance of over 7000 kilometres away from home, to begin your studies can be hugely overwhelming. It is a busy period of saying goodbyes to loved ones, and getting all the things you need to settle down in a new country. In the previous list, I mentioned the things you should look out for if you are heading to RGU sooner or later this year. Shortly after posting it, I realised that there are a lot of other smaller tips I have, that I would like to share with you, to save you some money. So here goes:
If you are moving to one of the RGU accommodation sites, you will be presented with the option to buy bedding online that will be ready in your room on your arrival. This is extremely convenient, should you choose to take up the offer. However, if you walk ten minutes away from the RGU Garthdee campus, you will find a superstore, Asda (which you will slowly appreciate in your time here, trust me!). Bedding is sold at Asda for a much cheaper price than what you will find online, and of good quality too!
Bedding usually consists of a pillow, pillowcase, duvet, duvet cover and a bedsheet. A duvet is just a thick blanket that becomes necessary in the Aberdeen winters. Unless you have the space to carry a thick blanket in your luggage, I recommend that you buy one in Aberdeen itself, as they are better suited for the weather here. What you can carry instead, are bedsheets, as you will find good quality bedsheets for a lower price at home.
Unless you are really particular about the kind of pens that you use, you do not need to carry any stationery with you when you come to RGU.
This is because RGU hosts a Freshers Fayre in the first week or so for its students. At the Fayre, you will find all the stationery items you will need for a year, handed out for free. This is a kind gesture extended by the clubs, societies and departments at RGU towards all their students. You can expect lots of pens, highlighters, paper bookmarks/tabs, keychains, and also lots of chocolates!
In addition to these, you can also sign up for these clubs or societies, get invites to the parties in Aberdeen and gift vouchers and discount coupons. You can buy notebooks from any of the supermarkets here, however I feel you find better quality notebooks in India for a lesser price. Do not buy a lot of notebooks, as most of the assignments, and course material is handed out online.
(Pro tip: Watch out for free muffins at the entrance of The Sir Ian Wood Building in the first few weeks of the semester. You may just find me there too!)
You can save money on the items listed below by getting them from India:
• Storage jars
• Charging cables/HDMI cables
• Bath mat/ Shower mat
At this point, I have shared every money saving hack and tips I can share with you in advance. I hope these are of help to you. You can use this page to reach me if you have any questions. See you in September!