University is an exciting new chapter in many people's lives. Studying for a degree will broaden research skills and offer graduates wider employment opportunities and career paths that may not be available to non-graduates.
New students sometimes require additional support in managing their time, as although class time is likely to be less than when they were at school, even first year university students are expected to carry out independent research and further reading totalling 30 hours every week. Therefore we recommend students should not work or undertake more than 15 hours of other commitments per week.
All students will receive a welcome pack which contains lots of helpful information about their academic studies and support available.
Before arriving, get them to brush up on some key life skills. Knowing how to make a couple of basic food dishes, how to do weekly shop, budget their finances and how to do their laundry will allow them more time to get to know other people.
When a student goes to university it is often their first prolonged time away from home or sharing space with non-family members. Some students settle quickly. They may keep in touch and let you know that things are going well, or they may contact you less than you'd expect.
This is not the case for everyone. Some students will feel homesick, miss friends, family and familiar comforts. This feeling usually fades as they get used to their new environment and start to make new friends and should not concern you unduly.
For some students though the transition proves more challenging, however, there is support available. Student Support run settling in workshops in the halls of residences during the first couple of weeks and we would encourage all students to attend if they are struggling to settle.
Encouraging them to try new things and to develop new skills can help some students to settle in and meet new people. Beds SU runs a large number of sports teams and societies. More info can be found at www.bedssu.co.uk
Our professional teams support students in difficulty: