Adjusting to student life


Starting university is an exciting time, with lots of opportunities to take advantage of - some students can find this quite daunting, particularly coming to university as an independent student or with additional responsibilities if you are a carer.

If you are care experienced, estranged or a student carer and would like to speak to someone about preparing for university, or you are finding it difficult to adjust to your new environment, the Transitions team can help you cope better with the challenges of academic study and independent living.

Early preparation

There is a lot to learn about your new university and much of that information can be found in the handbooks and emails that are sent to you before you arrive at DMU. It is a lot to take in, so do consider also attending any preparation days on campus for undergraduate offer-holders. Look out for an email invitation a few weeks before your course commences.  

Settling in

It looks as if absolutely everyone is having a great time. Lots of students worry that they are the only one who needs more time to settle in.

In fact, we know that:


  • Up to 40 per cent of students feel homesick during Welcome Week
  • Many new students feel isolated and worry that everyone else is settling in better than them 
  • Partying in large crowds is not to everyone's taste 
  • Despite the stereotype, one in five students do not drink any alcohol. Don't allow anyone to pressure you into drinking, or drinking more than you want to.


Starting university anywhere is like moving to a foreign country. The impact of the culture shock is often underestimated. It doesn't hit everyone at the beginning. Some people find the period just after the Christmas break difficult; others experience low mood at the start of term. DMU has a variety of support services, peer support groups and Student Union activities which can help you feel a part of the student community.

Contact us

Transitions team

De Montfort University
Transitions Team
Student Gateway
Gateway House