Adjusting to student life

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Starting university is an exciting time, but it can also be a big change from school or college. With lots of opportunities to take advantage of - some students can find this quite daunting.

These pages contain some useful information about the support available to help new students adapt to life at DMU.

If you 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 emails we send before you start your course. It is a lot to take in, so do consider also attending a FREE summer school or a preparation day on campus for undergraduate offer-holders. Look out for an email invitation a few weeks before your course commences.

Know Before You Go - Student Minds

Student Minds has produced a really useful guide for Year 12-13 students preparing to go to university to help with the transitions from school/college to university. This life skills resource helps you to anticipate, identify and navigate situations you will encounter when entering higher education. It contains information on many topics including paying bills, study skills, housemate issues, identity questions and embedded throughout is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed.

If you are a current student, you may find the Transitions into Univesity guide useful. This resource focusses on time management, relationships, identity, finances, sexual activity and more.

You might also find the Universities own #HealthyDMU Hub of use as it contains lots of information on where you can find advice and guidance at DMU.


In the weeks prior to starting your couse you may also receive an email giving you access to the DMU e-Inducation (depending on your programme of study). The e-Induction is designed to help new students prepare for university life. The information contained in the site varies depending on your programme and mode of study. Make sure to check your emails frequently before starting your course so you don't miss out on accessing this system.

Settling in

Starting university anywhere can be 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.

Have a look at some of our top-tips to help new students settle in.

Contact us

Transitions team
Student Gateway
T: +44 (0)116 257 7825 / 7872

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