Going to university is a daunting yet exciting experience for new students. There are a lot of important decisions to be made, so you’ll need the reassurance, especially in the first few weeks, that you’ve made the right choices.
Extensive research into potential courses and universities will increase your chances of being happy with your final choice. Plan ahead, research different locations and compare courses to make sure you find the right one for you.
Open days give you a real insight into university life and what you can expect from your new home. By walking the grounds and speaking to tutors and existing students, you can guarantee nothing will shock you in your first year. Check all university open days on our Open Day Calendar here.
Studying at university is different to GCSE and A Levels as you’ll be studying the same subject for three years. By choosing a course you love in a location that interests you, it’ll help you to pull through those tough bits of coursework.
After moving away from friends and family to a new city or town, you may feel slightly homesick which is perfectly normal. Use your free time to get to know new housemates, classmates and other students; you’ll realise everyone is feeling the same way, and it will soon pass.
Your lecturers and personal tutor are there to help you settle into your course and general university life. Whether it’s a question about your workload or advice on which books to buy, they will be happy to help to make the first few weeks as easy as possible.
If you’re unsure about your new town and want to know the best places to visit, why not speak to your housemates? It’s a great way to break the ice, and they may be able to give you some handy tips.
Contact your personal tutor or advisor at your university and explain what it is you are not enjoying. If there is no other option but to think about changing courses, they will discuss your options with you. Talking about your problems with a member of staff will help to de-stress you, but remember that switching courses will mean you will have a lot to catch up on.
This can be a very difficult feeling, and the best thing to do is to talk about it with your personal tutor, your advisor and your friends & family. University is a lifestyle change that takes a lot of getting used to. If you’ve given it your best shot but are unhappy with your choice, you can start fresh the following year or go through Clearing in the summer to apply for another university. Just make sure you know how to prepare for Clearing if that is the route you take!
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