Whether you have been planning your university adventure for a number of years or the global pandemic has inspired you to study, this exciting new chapter is now only a matter of weeks away.
We know that whilst life is gradually returning to normal some aspects of university may still be a little different this year due to Covid-19, but don’t let that stop you getting excited.
This is our 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.
- 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 online learning or concerns about meeting people face-to-face stop you from making friends
Although plans are underway to welcome everyone back to campus for face-to-face lectures and social events we know that plans may need to be modified at times and that for some it won’t be possible to join in person just yet or you may be concerned about meeting people in group situations. If this is the case don’t worry, 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.
Prospects has a great article on what to take when heading to Univeristy.
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. There will also be a host of daytime and on-demand activities to allow you to meet new friends and participate at times that work with your other commitments.
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.
Over the past 18 months there has also been 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 Advice 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
- 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.
Enjoy the build-up and make the most of Welcome Week. 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.