Congratulations if you’ve got a place at university!
Now the long and nerve-racking wait for results is over and you know you’re definitely going to university, it’s time to start getting excited, and to begin preparing for student life.
We’ve put together five top tips to help you settle in and make the most of your first weeks – whatever university you’re going to.
1. Get organised
You don’t want to have to bother with too much admin when you arrive on campus – you’ll want to get out there and have fun! Of course you’ll have some tasks you need to complete in order to officially register as a student, but try and do as much ahead of time as possible.
At Manchester, you can confirm accommodation, set up your University IT account, and complete registration before you arrive – look out for emails from your chosen university, or check their website to see how you can get ahead of the game!
2. Say hello
The friends you make in the first few days at university often turn out to be friends for life. It’s a unique opportunity to get to know people from all over the world, and from all walks of life.
Say hello to everyone you meet, knock on the doors of your neighbours in halls, or leave your door open when you’re in, so people know you’re happy to talk.
You could offer to cook for your flat mates, or invite your neighbours around to watch a film. Some people even bring cupcakes or sweets to offer round on the first day.
3. Get stuck in
At Manchester we offer a fantastic programme of Welcome events ranging from distinguished lectures to UV club nights and film screenings. Going to as many as possible to have fun with your new friends and get to know each other better.
Sign up for clubs and societies! You’ll be amazed at the just how many there are – at Manchester we have over 350, ranging from bhangra to astronomy or community volunteering. It’s a great way to meet new people, gives you an important mental break from academic life, and will look great on your CV!
4. Find your bearings
Explore the campus, and the town or city where your university is located. Your university should provide you with a campus and city map on arrival, and at Manchester we offer guided campus tours as well as city bus tours to help you find your feet.
Take time to explore with friends, and find some places you really like going to – shops to suit your style, parks and green spaces for studying in summer and importantly, restaurants and bars with the best student deals!
5. Create a home from home
If you’re moving away from home for the first time, you might be worried that you’ll feel homesick. There are little things you can do to make it easier. Bring photos of friends and family to hang on your wall, and make sure you call your old friends for catch ups now and again. Some people also like to bring posters, pillows or decorations from their old room to help the transition.
Most importantly, enjoy celebrating your achievements with old friends, and if you’re coming to The University of Manchester, we can’t wait to welcome you in September!