Settling in tips for new students
We have pulled together these key top-tips to help you settle in at DMU. Some of our current students have also provided their own top-tips for new students as part of the DMU Vloggers series. In the video below, one of our Law LLB (Hons) graduates shares his top ten tips for university.
You might also want to have a look at the wider DMU student web pages for a fantastic resource to help you get the very best out of your time at DMU. We update the pages daily with the latest information on what’s happening around campus.
Tips for new students
Read your information
There is a lot to learn about your new university and much of that information can be found in the materials we send you before you arrive.
Attend Welcome and Induction activities
At the start of your programme the university will run a variety of events so you can meet and socialise with other new students. These events can provide a chance to join clubs and societies which is an excellent way to meet people, and gives you a chance to find out more about your university and the Students’ Union. More information about this year’s events will be published soon.
Try not to get overwhelmed
It's easy to get overwhelmed by living in a new environment; you may be away from home and distant from your usual networks. Remember that you are surrounded by people in the same situation. Things do settle after the first weeks; there are quieter things to do and people to talk to.
The De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) is a great way to speak to staff and students who have been through it all before. They can help you familiarise yourself with the campus and city centre. They also offer over 140 student groups, where you can meet likeminded students and are a really great and exciting place to make new friends.
Find people who can help you
If you have a question, are unsure of something or have a problem you want to discuss; there are people all over the university that are willing to help. You can speak to your Personal Tutor about academic matters and personal concerns, your Faculty Advice Centre is a good place to visit for learning support enquiries and the Student Gateway is our one-stop shop for non-academic issues, such as disability, finance, counselling, mental health and wellbeing, and careers advice.
DSU Advice is also available and offers a free, confidential and independent advice service for all DMU students. DSU Advice can help with housing, finance, academic issues and health. The centre also provides specific advice for international students.
Don’t forget we also have the Student Health Centre which is an NHS general practitioners’ surgery providing medical care for students as well as some local residents.
Get to know your surroundings
There’s a lot to do in the first few days at university, but you should try and make time to familiarise yourself with campus and your wider surroundings. Think about things like: Where are you going to do a food shop? Which building does your teaching take place in? Where is the city centre? Where is the Students’ Union? You might find the interactive campus map useful.
You are never going to know unless you ask. Your induction is a good time to ask questions of staff and students. Do not be afraid to ask questions, they were new too, at some point. If you want to know, the chances are, others will too.
Make a budget
Work out a budget and stick to it. UCAS have produced a handy budget calculator which you might find useful, or if you want to speak to someone about your budget you can contact DMU’s Student Finance and Welfare team.
Also, don’t forget, student loans might not come in straightaway and there can be delays, so make sure you’ve saved a little money for your first week at university.
The best way to meet new people is by getting involved. Attend events or join a club/society. Smaller events can be useful for the times when you may feel like chatting rather than partying.
Sign up for mentoring
At DMU we believe mentoring plays an important role in student learning and development, especially when settling in to your studies. There are various mentoring schemes at the university. Each one has a different focus – depending on what you are hoping to get out of it – whether it’s to get familiar with university life; improve your studies; boost confidence and self-belief; or explore options for when you graduate.
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