Preparing for your first day of university

AmberStudenton 21 July 2021
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Get the ultimate top tips to prepare you for your first day of university. Find out what you need to bring with you and what your first few days will be like.

The first day at university marks the start of your new academic adventure and isn’t to be taken lightly.

It's natural to be nervous on your very first day at uni. After settling into your student housing, you’ll probably want to take some time to get your bearings to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

These suggestions for your first day will ensure you don’t miss a step in this exciting new chapter of your life. 

What you’ll need to know

The first step after securing your accommodation, whether in Cambridge or Bristol, is to prepare yourself for your inductions. There are plenty of great experiences waiting for you in your first week. Here are a few things to look out for: 

1. The registration process

Once you reach your university, you’ll need to let your institution know you’ve arrived. This can involve completing a lot of forms, particularly if you’re an international student. Here are some examples of things you may need:

  • Your ID and visa: Bring these with you when registering. At some universities, you can save time by sending these online ahead of your arrival.
  • Financial applications: If you’re applying for a grant or funding, be sure to bring these to the registration office upon arrival to ensure they are processed promptly.

Your registration office should be well-signposted on your opening day of university. 

2. Get your student ID

It is important to get your Student ID Card issued on your first day at university and always keep it with you. Some universities ask students to present their ID cards while entering a university building. 

It can be used for regular attendance in the class and many other purposes as well. 

  • You can apply by pre-registering online, or apply for it on the first day at university. They might necessitate a photo of you or request the same. 
  • They’ll give you a form where you need to fill in all the necessary details. This is all you have to do for your student id card to be issued in time. 

3. Get your bearings on campus

If your university has a large campus, it can be easy to get lost. It pays to explore your surroundings a day or two before lectures start to avoid running late to any of your inductions.

Look for shortcuts between campus and your accommodation and ask older students for tips on getting around. You could also use this time to research things to do in your spare time. Look for cinemas, bars, restaurants, or anything else you think you’ll enjoy during your studies. Universities like Nottingham have loads of places to eat and drink near their halls.

4. Look for orientation events

Orientation days are optional events designed to help new students get their bearings. They can be very beneficial for international students who are new to the UK.

You’ll learn about your campus facilities, university policies, upcoming events, and other information that will be beneficial for your first term. If your university is offering one, be sure to sign up.

5. Look out for clubs and societies

Research societies at your university and try to enrol in any that interest you. This is a great way to meet a wide range of students with similar interests to you, which can make settling in a lot easier.

How AmberStudent can help you

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Final thoughts

We hope this checklist makes your first day at university a smooth, enjoyable transition. Remember not to be nervous, trust your instincts, and put out your best foot forward.

Have a wonderful time as you embark on your adventure, and may your time at university be productive.

AmberStudenton 21 July 2021