Take a look at some simple ways to make sure you settle in well to University.
Introduce yourself to others
Introducing yourself to new people can feel a little daunting, but remember that everyone is probably just as nervous when starting university. A good idea is to bring a door-stop to prop the door open when you’re moving in; the chances are that someone will walk past your room which is an opportune moment to say hello. Another approach is to arrive prepared with some cake or biscuits to offer and share with your new housemates.
Make your room a ‘home away from home’
As for many students starting university, it will be your first time living away from home. Why not put up some posters, buy a house plant or a rug to make your accommodation a nice and welcoming environment, and put up some pictures of friends and family.
Give it a go
Moving to university is a big step, but is also the start of an exciting new chapter in your life. Be brave and take advantage of the opportunities on offer, which might lead to new friendships and even develop new interests or hobbies that you might not have thought to get involved with before!
Give yourself time
Do not worry if you haven’t made your new life-long best friend on your first day. Friendships can take a while to form and bear in mind that during the first couple of days you will only have had the chance to meet a small group of people. Make sure you introduce yourself to course mates, neighbours and friends from societies or clubs as well as your housemates.
If you’re struggling to adjust to university life and are missing home, don’t panic as there is plenty of support out there to help you:
• Support from your peers
• Counselling and wellbeing
• Support for international students
• Religious and spiritual care
For hints, tips and advice from other students, take a look at our Student Stories blog.
To read about practical wellbeing and health advice, check out the Life Tools blog.