Top tips for new students

As you take a step outside of the comforts of home and into the big wide world, it’s bound to be a steep learning curve for you. But just remember, there will be loads of other students in the same boat as you. As we’ve seen it all before many times, here’s our top five list of things to remember when starting uni.


1. Pack the essentials

There are loads of things you might want to bring to uni, but take time to think about which are essential and which are a luxury. Remember to pack things like important documents you’ll need for enrolment, but also be aware that lots of things (such as kitchen items) will go unused because there will be multiples of the same thing. Don’t take anything too expensive, and don’t take too much. Once you’ve arrived and seen what’s available, there will be shops nearby so you can always buy things when you get here that you discover you just can’t do without.


2. Don’t hide in your room, but don't feel pressured either

We know it can be nerve-wracking arriving at your new halls with so many different faces around, and it might be tempting to hide behind your door for a while. But take a deep breath, prop open your door and try and be social! After all, you’ll be living with these people for the next year. Consider having a stash of biscuits or teabags for group situations. You’ll be instantly loved!

There are hundreds of new students starting at the same time, so you’re bound to find things in common with someone, you just have to get out there and find them! Fresher’s week is probably going to be one of the most exciting and memorable weeks of your life, but that said, it is important to pace yourself. If you stop for some food and a nap every now again we’re sure you’ll feel much better for it!


3. It’s normal to feel homesick sometimes

Moving out of home for the first time is a big step. That coupled with a new town, new people, new studies and a load of new responsibilities is enough to give anyone touch of the blues sometimes.  There are loads of people in the same boat as you though, and what you’re feeling is completely normal, and will pass in time. Just remember you’re not alone! Chat to your friends and family about how you’re feeling, or contact one of our University support services and we’ll always be there to help.


4. Believe in your abilities

You might be worried about whether you’ll be able to cope with studying at degree level, and whether you’re ‘clever enough’. Making the step up to the next course level will of course be a challenge, but we’ll ease you in gently and help you every step of the way.

We’ve got brilliant academic support services such as our Learning Development Unit who can help you with how to reference your assignments, go through essay feedback with you, and teach you effective research skills. They also offer workshops and short courses to help you get a head start with uni before you’ve even started! Remember that you’ve chosen to study this course for the next three years for a reason - because it’s something you really have an interest and passion for. The challenge will be worth it in the end.


5. Make the most of opportunities available to you

Whether its work experience or placements as part of your course, additional skills training through the students’ union, or joining a new club or society, there are so many additional opportunities for you to get involved with during your time at Bucks. Of course predominantly you are here to study, but the additional skills, contacts and networks that you could also gain during your time here will all add value to your degree and your CV, and may open up more doors when you graduate too.



Some of our 2015 and 2016 graduates have also looked back at what they’d tell their first-year-self. Check out our Bucks Graduate website and see if you can pick up a few tips from them too!