The first week of university is a daunting time; moving away from home for the first time, or just embarking on something new poses many challenges. But, there’s no need to put your head in the sand or worry, your first week can be exciting and productive. Just follow our Top 5 Tips to make the most of your first week!
Don’t miss Freshers’ Week
Freshers’ Week is a great opportunity to find out what’s on offer, sign up to try new things and get lots of free swag! Don’t miss a minute, make sure you check out your campus Fresher’s schedule.
One of the key things to do during Freshers’ is find sports clubs and societies to join. Often sports clubs will offer introductory sessions or try-outs if you’re new to the sport, so don’t worry if you like the sound of something but have never tried it before, there’s no reason not to go for it.
If sports aren’t your thing, then you are sure to find a society to join: from films, Pokemon and debating to motorcycles, have a look at what’s available at your campus.
Don’t be shy, rock on up and have fun!
On top of that, as part of Freshers’ there’s a whole host of advice and support services on hand to answer any queries you may have about starting this next phase of your life, so it’s worthwhile taking advantage.
But Freshers’ isn’t the only way to mingle. Invite classmates out for a drink, play pool in the student lounge, play cards or board games with your housemates – whatever your activity take the time to engage with those around you. It can be nerve-wracking making the first move but remember that everyone is in the same boat as you!
Watching films, cooking and going shopping together with classmates or housemates are also other great ways to get to know each other.
Keep an eye on your money
Being let loose with your full maintenance loan may be a bit much! Think about your purchases carefully – do you really need those designer sunglasses? It’s wise to budget your money to ensure it lasts until the next payment. You want to be able to make the most of every opportunity so expect to spend more in your first week, just make sure you take this into account when you budget the rest of your money.
When you go out, it’s advisable to carry some cash on you in case the places you go out to don’t take card payments.
Throw yourself into your course
In amongst all the fun, remember the reason why you are at university – your course. Have a think about how you will manage your assignment workload with any extra-curricular activities you undertake.
Remember, to take advantage of your resources. Make sure you have your ITS login and email set up; this way you can use Moodle and Solar and receive important information from your tutors via your university email.
It is also advisable to attend your weekly tutorial sessions. Although not mandatory, tutorials give you the perfect opportunity to discuss your class material that week to further your understanding of the material. Plus, you can receive feedback on your assignment work before submission.
Explore the Library and Learning Services (LLS) too; begin to borrow books and learn how the e-resources can be used. Become comfortable in this space, and in the open access IT rooms so you know where you can study on campus.
Familiarise yourself with your campus
Even if you are local, you’ll find the city becomes an entirely different place now that you’re a student. Take the time to familiarise yourself with the city, where you can do your weekly food shop and hang out but also where the local facilities are, such as the GP, dentists, Student Support Services and the library just to name a few.
Make sure you know your route from your accommodation to your study building and time how long it will take you to walk/get the bus to your classes. The last thing you want is the stress of running late!
So there you have it…it’s natural to feel overwhelmed but following our tips should help. Above all remember to stay positive and have a good time. We hope your time at CU Coventry, London or Scarborough is enjoyable and wish you every success with your course.