Adapting to life at university: my top tips

Guest BloggerFirst Year, Katie Oliver

Moving to university can be overwhelming. You’re faced with many new feelings, people and places, all whilst trying to learn how to wash and cook for yourself. However, it is also one of the most exciting new chapters of your life that will be full of amazing memories, friends and experiences.

You might be sat there thinking, ‘how do I meet people?’, ‘how do I stop feeling home sick?’ or even ‘how do I make the most out of my first year at University?’

These are all the questions I had when I was dropped off three years ago on the 12th floor of James Watt. In short, I personally think the best tip to help you settle into University as quickly as possible is one which you have all heard before… get involved in university life! Here are my recommendations based upon how I got involved as much as possible:

Firstly, try a club or society! Think about your hobbies, interests or new things you’d love to try and just get involved! You’ll meet so many new, like-minded individuals that you already know you have something in common with and it is one of the best ways to connect with fellow Aston students. I personally found a great group of friends this way whom I’m still close with going into my final year and it wouldn’t have happened without getting involved with the Netball club in my first year!

Another thing I’d recommend is getting to know your flatmates. These are the people you’ll be living with for a whole year – they are a significant part of your first year experience so try to make an effort to arrange things as a group and really get to know each other. If you’re like me, you might end up with new best friends and end up living together every year!

Finally, attend all extra lectures on your timetable. I know first year can be full of introductory lectures and workshops, however you will feel a lot more settled and comfortable at university if you know your course and campus well. Getting to grips with the library system, where The Hub is or even the essential aisles in Tesco all help with making you feel much more at home in your new environment.

Katie, Final Year C+P Associate