My tips for settling into life at Aston

Guest BloggerFirst Year, Guest Blogger

Welcome to Aston University – we hope your Freshers’ Week was more fun than you imagined!

By now you’ll hopefully be starting to settle in. Settling into campus might seem a bit daunting, especially if you are not from around Birmingham. But, like a lot of things, it gets easier over time.

A huge tip for settling in is making friends, especially friends on your course. You can discuss your work, and it can also help you to stay in the know – not just about your course but about a lot of things on campus such as societies and events.

Another great tip, although very cliché, is to ask questions. There are many information points on campus, which could assist you with settling into your new life. Amongst others, the most prominent would be the reception on the ground floor of the Main Building. Asking questions can save you a lot of time, time that you would otherwise have spent guessing and figuring things out on your own.

Asking questions can also help you with finding your way around campus. But most of all, when looking for a room or lecture theatre, it is the little details that count the most. Your timetable will probably have additional information next to the room number (e.g. via C Lift) to help you find your way to the room, so you have to pay attention to the signs on campus. Or if that is too much effort, you could just use the “Find A Room” feature in the My Aston App, which has a directory of all rooms on campus.

“Don’t worry, everything will work out great and the next three years should go really smoothly. So just take each day one step at a time.”

I know how it must feel to move to a new place so far way from home all by yourself. You might even be feeling a bit homesick. Not to worry, this happens to the best of us. My first tip for dealing with this is: owning your space. If you haven’t fully unpacked, do so and decorate as much as you can. A few posters on the wall or pictures of family would go a long way to making you feel at home. Another method for dealing with being homesick is going for walks; doing this allows you to explore your new surroundings without the pressure of rushing for a lecture.

Lastly, there are many student support services based on campus, just to make your experience more of a team-effort. All you have to do is ask or simply search online. For example, if you need careers advice, there is a dedicated Careers+Placements team located on the 1st floor of the South Wing in the Main Building.

Don’t worry, everything will work out great and the next three years should go really smoothly. So just take each day one step at a time.

Bolu, Final Year C+P Associate