Our Advice for Students Starting University
It’s likely that you’ll feel a real mixture of emotions when you go off to university for the first time: excitement, nervousness, and even confusion.
To make things a little more clear, we’ve put together our advice for students starting university this September.
Join groups on social media
Before you actually leave to go to your university, you can connect with other students via social media.
When you find out which student accommodation you’ll be staying in, it’s a good idea to see if the accommodation provider has a Facebook group. This will allow you to chat with other students before you arrive and get an idea of who you’ll be living with.
Throw yourself into Freshers’ week
The first week of university is referred to as Freshers’ week and is an opportunity to settle in and make friends before you officially start lectures.
Make sure to really make the most of this week - talk to as many people as you can, get fully settled into your student accommodation and investigate all the different societies available. Many student societies will have free tasters so this is a great chance to find out what you enjoy and what you might be interested in.
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Stay on top of your workload
After the excitement of Fresher’s week has settled down, it will be time to start your university course properly. In this time period, it can be easy to get distracted by all the fun social events going on and neglect the actual learning part of your degree.
However, it’s really important to stay on top of your workload so you don’t suddenly feel overwhelmed. University is a big step up from school, and a different style of learning, so make sure to adapt and take some time to get used to it.
Form good relationships with your lecturers
With that in mind, it’s really important to create good relationships with your lecturers, professors and teaching staff from the very beginning. If you do begin to struggle with the workload, they are the ones you can lean on for advice and additional information. It’s really important to be able to ask for help when you need it!
Another bonus of getting to know your lecturers from the get go is that they will be able to give you a glowing reference for further study or your job applications.
Form good relationships with the people you live with
As well as having good relationships with your tutors, it’s also a massive bonus if you can get on well with your housemates. You will be sharing space with them and it makes life much easier if you can be pleasant to one another.
Be considerate, sociable and friendly - try to make an effort from the very beginning, even if you are shy or find it difficult. Everyone is in the same boat and they will appreciate an olive branch.
There’s a reason why so many people say that university is the best time of your life. Never again will you have so much independence, freedom and time. You have so many opportunities to socialise with people your own age and you get to study a subject you are really passionate about.
That’s why our last piece of advice is to have as much fun as you can! You don’t want to have any regrets, so try and pursue those things that will make you happy in your university years.