Moving to university can be harder than expected, but don’t worry you aren’t alone.
Everyone may look like they are having lots of fun, but most people find that it is a really challenging part of their life. We have put together some top tips to help you adjust to your new life at university:
1. Don’t spend too much time in your room
Although spending time in the safety of your room is sometimes easier, try to spend lots of time with your new flatmates or in the communal areas where you’re living. The more time you spend with others, the more friends you’ll make and the better you’ll feel. Suggest flat meals, film nights, games nights…
2. Explore your new surroundings
The quicker you get to know your new surroundings, the sooner you’ll feel at home. Take time to explore the university campus, your accommodation site, and the city centre.
The Student Mentor Scheme are running ‘Finding your Feet Tours’ on Monday 19th September from each accommodation reception at 11am. The Guild are also running events all the time. Click here for more information
3. Make plans
There are lots of events during the first few weeks of university designed to help you settle in and make friends. Get to know what’s on and make plans to go! Keeping busy and having a plan of activities each day will help you make friends and get involved in university life. Find an event that suits you at guildofstudents.com/welcome
4. Stay healthy
Starting university is a really busy time that may leave you feeling tired and run down. Do your best to avoid any illnesses by looking after yourself. Remember to eat well, drink lots of water and get enough sleep.
5. Don’t call home too often
The sound of a familiar voice can be really helpful, but can also make it harder to get stuck in to your new life at university. Try to contact home after something positive has happened like making a new friend, cooking your first meal, or going to your first lecture.
6. Bring a couple of reminders from home
A happy reminder of home can give you a boost during the first few weeks of University. Whether it’s a family photo, a special present from a friend, or just your favourite mug, a little piece of home always makes you feel better.
7. Get to know what support’s on offer
If you need a little extra support during your first few weeks at University, there’s lots of help on offer from both the University and Guild of Students. Get to know what help is available to you and use it if you need to.
Guild Advice is a free, impartial and confidential advice service for students of the University of Birmingham. Situated on the Ground Floor of the Guild of Students open 10-4pm during term time.
Global Buddies offer a peer to peer service that provides informal support and guidance for international students on how to engage in wider community activities. The scheme helps international students meet people from other countries and fully integrate into University life.
The Student Mentor Scheme Office is in The Vale Hub, so pop in for a chat. It is open Monday to Friday, 4-8pm during term time.
8. Get involved in University opportunities
Your time at university is unique. At no other time in your life will you have the same opportunities to learn new skills, make friends, volunteer and try new activities.
Joining Guild societies can also be a great way of meeting like-minded people, there will be a Society fair during Welcome Week, but it is never too late to join. Have a look at what you might be interested in by visiting www.guildofstudents.com/studentgroups
Volunteering is also a great way of meeting people, and really adds something to your CV. Visit www.guildofstudents.com/jsv/volunteering to find out what volunteering opportunities The Guild provides.
9. Take one day at a time
Settling into university can take time, so don’t expect to feel at home straight away. If you’re missing home or have had a hard day, take a deep breath, put the kettle on and remind yourself to take one day at a time.
10. Stay positive!
You are embarking upon one of the most exciting, eventful and memorable periods of your life. Make the most of your time in Birmingham – work hard, make friends, and embrace University life!