Whether you have been planning your university adventure for a number of years or the current global pandemic has inspired you to study, this exciting new chapter is now only a matter of weeks away.
We know the start of university life is likely to be a little different to the one you may have envisaged before a world with Covid-19, but don’t let that stop you getting excited.
This is our 2020 guide to starting university.
Before you arrive
On accepting your offer to the University of Bedfordshire you will receive a number of emails and a welcome pack brimming with all the information you need to know. Take time to read through these materials.
In addition, you may find it useful to:
- Do some background reading on your course
- Start planning your timetable
- Order your study materials
- Check out what is available from the library
- Get to know your campus virtually by looking at site maps. This will be useful for when you can return to campus and for getting to know your local area
- Brush up on your IT skills and download useful software like Microsoft Office, which is available for free to all students
- Register with a GP in new your new local area
The Student Room website also has some brilliant additional tips.
Don’t let social distancing stop you from making friends
Although it could be some time before everyone is able to meet in person, there are lots of ways to start making friends both on and away from your studies including:
- Join our Facebook Student Community group. This is the place to find out who might be on your course, who is living close by or who might share your interests and hobbies
- Sign-up for events and activities that we will be running throughout Welcome Month
- Explore our wealth of societies to see if there is one or more that offer you an opportunity to meet people away from your studies
- Explore the faith centres available to you
- Start following both Beds SU’s and the University’s social media accounts:
Follow Beds SU
Follow University of Bedfordshire
As you start to explore our social media accounts you might come across other pages that are not officially linked to us. If you are looking for the latest information on what’s going on at both the University and the SU please refer to the above accounts. All official university events tickets and membership will only ever be sold to students via www.bedssu.co.uk or www.beds.ac.uk websites.
When you arrive
If you are moving into student accommodation settle into your space, make your room a home from home, enjoy getting to know your flatmates and get to know your local area.
The Complete University Guide has a great article with more details on this.
If you are balancing study with family life or commuting to campus, make use of the Facebook Student Community group or join one the many virtual sessions we will be running throughout September. Some of the events we’re planning are ‘Breakfast with the Execs‘ and ‘Introductions to Societies‘. These events will go some way to helping you meet others.
Look after your wellbeing
Studying, whether it be full-time, part-time, from home or in a new country or town can be challenging. You have to balance study with other commitments such as work, family, learning to cook and living with others.
This year you also have Covid-19 to add to the mix. One or a number of these factors could leave you feeling overwhelmed or anxious about how to find balance.
Fear not, as there is always help on hand:
- Find out more about Beds SU’s Be Supported team. They offer free, impartial and confidential advice on a number of matters from money, accommodation, student safety and appeals
- Find out who your Reps are from Academic, Student Voice and Campus Liaison
- Stay up to date with University’s plan for the start of term and all you need to know in advance here
- Check out the University’s Mental Health blog covering topics from home study to planning for university
- Visit the UK Government website for the latest information for prospective students
- There are a number of charities, podcasts and online services offering support and advice on how to manage various matters both during this current time and beyond. Find out more on the Beds SU website
Enjoy the build-up and make the most of Welcome Month. We’ve packed the calendar with lots of events, activities and sessions all designed to welcome you to the start of your student experience here at the University of Bedfordshire.