Monday, 15 September 2014

Settling In

Welcome to your University! Whether you are living on campus or commuting from home, travelling from the other side of the country or already living in Chester, attending university is a big deal. Here at the University of Chester we want to show you that making that big leap into the unknown will seem like an easy step.


Your first day at University can be a complete whirl of unpacking, organising and introductions, but it is one of the most exciting days of your university career. When you arrive on site you will experience every emotion possible inside your first couple of hours as a university student. There will be hundreds of people in exactly the same position as you, eager to unpack, say bye to their family and throw themselves into University life, with Freshers’ Week kicking off that night and continuing throughout the first week,  

When you arrive on campus, members of staff, student helpers and the Students’ Union will be there to point you in the right direction and make sure you have everything you need. At Chester, you will always find someone willing to help you in any way they can, be it a member of staff or a fellow student. Chester is just like that, with everyone contributing to a friendly, exciting campus atmosphere. It’s that unique atmosphere that makes it so easy to settle in here.

Here at Chester we want to make sure all our students are supported whenever they need it, and we have a number of options students can use. All students living on campus will have a Hall Warden assigned to their hall, who is a second or third year student tasked with ensuring you always have someone to turn to if you need help or advice.

 
We were also the first university in the country to have a 5star Student Support and Guidance department, meaning the level of support you’ll receive at Chester will literally be ‘world-class’. Add in the support you get from your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and the friendly porters team, who are on campus 24/7 just in case you need them, and it shows why the University of Chester will feel like a second home in no time at all.

Top Tips

  1. Be Yourself – Don’t feel you need to change yourself just because you’re now at University. Be the person you are and you will make a load of new friends in no time.
  2. Try Something New – University is the perfect opportunity to try something new, so if you see something you fancy at the Freshers’ Fair, don’t be afraid to give it a try.
  3.  Strike a Balance – Living by yourself for the first time can be an extremely liberating experience, but don’t get too lost in that feeling, as the responsibility to complete your assignments and attend all your teaching hours lies with you. Try and find the right balance, as University is about life experience as much as it is about a degree.
  4. Take Advantage of the Services on Offer to you – We have multiple departments whose main task is to help you if you need it. Student Support and Guidance, the Students’ Union and Learning Support are just a few examples, and they are there if any aspect of University life is becoming problematic. Don’t be afraid to talk to any of them, as any problems will be confidential and they will offer you any of the support or help you need.
  5. Nerves are Normal – Don’t worry if you are a bit nervous about coming to University. It is completely normal, especially if you have never lived by yourself before. The words most used to describe the University include “fun”, “community” and, the most popular by far, “friendly”. So if you have similar worries, be assured that a good proportion of your fellow students will have exactly the same worries, and they will be laid to rest when you arrive.
Visit Us

If you haven’t already or would like to see the campus again, why not book onto a campus tour and see what the university has to offer in person.

Want to know more?

Want more information on how easy it is to settle in at Chester? Watch our Settling In video and find out more. 

Ben

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