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You’ve done it, you’ve made it into university! It’s time to take a deep breath, celebrate, and start thinking about your new life as a DMU student. Having enrolled just last year, I know exactly how you feel – excited, nervous, and hopeful all at once!

So here are my top tips to get you through those first few weeks and beyond:

  • Pack the essentials and some fun bits! It's hard to remember everything you need to take so, give yourself lots of time and make lists. Throw in a fancy-dress costume, trust me, it will prove itself useful.
  • Check out what's in store for Fresher’s Week and find out more about clubs and societies. They are the best way to be sociable and make friends - plus, you'll have loads of fun!
  • Start connecting with people before you even arrive. It's hard doing it all alone so, join the dedicated Facebook group for new starters. You can ask lots of questions. Plus, you might even get to know people from your course or accommodation.
  • Get into good habits now and check your emails! You will receive lots of important information, including key dates and course detail, so try to keep on top of it. I set reminders on my phone to make sure I don't miss anything.
  • Familiarise yourself with the campus. Even if you have seen it before, it's worth coming again, and that way you can confidently get about in those first few weeks. Now you've confirmed your place with DMU, why not book a tailored campus tour for new starters before you arrive.
  • Find out more about our exciting plans for teaching in September, created to maximise your face-to-face experience and be future proof.

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I hope these top tips help you in your new journey. Just don't forget there is always someone to talk to; you are not in this alone. If you have questions, chat with one of the Unibuddies - these are current students who can talk about your course and university life.

Welcome to the DMU community!

Will Tendler, second year Human Resource Management BA (Hons) student

What's next?

After celebrating securing your place at DMU, there are some more practical things you will want to consider. Here are our top things to tick off your list:

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Leicester: A city for students

When you arrive on campus, one of the first things you'll want to do is explore the city. Leicester offers everything you expect from a city and more – all on your doorstep. As a DMU student you have access to discounts, offers and unique opportunities to help make the most of the city.

See more about Leicester

Regardless of where in the world you're from, at Leicester you will find yourself at home. Renowned for being a culturally diverse student city, Leicester is the perfect place for any student to begin their journey.

Exploring your city

Check out Sorrel's video on some of the best independent stores to visit when you arrive.

Exploring your city

Leicester has so many exciting places to discover. Join Aashni on a tour as we show off some of the best places in the city!

Budgeting at uni

Devising a strategy for how to handle your money at university is crucial to financial survival and wellbeing. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways you can manage your finances, including budgeting, reviewing your spending habits and keeping track of your outgoings.

Hear Nikhila and Ben's top tips for staying on top of your finances.

Health and wellbeing

Starting university is a big step but, it is also an incredibly fun, and rewarding one. Making sure that you feel comfortable and supported throughout your journey is our top priority which is why we offer a range of support services from disability support, mental health, fitness, religious support and so much more. Explore our Preparation for Success webpages that offer practical hints and tips, including; staying active, mindfulness, and registering with a GP.

As a reminder of all the advice and support we offer, why not download our Health and Wellbeing poster?

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Start dreaming big

At DMU we understand that it's never too early to think about how we can help you prepare for your future. Your degree is a stepping stone to landing your dream role, and when it comes to helping students build their careers, DMU has been named the best university in the UK for doing just that.

An award-winning careers service
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How it started / how it's going

Fashion Design grad Mariah is now pursuing her dreams as a fashion designer and director with her collections available at iconic fashion retailer Browns.

"My advice for new students would be to believe in yourself, work hard and great things will come your way. Reach out for help when needed you will be surprised with the amount of help DMU has to offer."

Mariah's story
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How it started / how it's going

Sarah Rabin graduated from Speech and Language Therapy in 2020 and after a successful placement is now following her dreams as a Developing Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

"I always had the ambition to work as a transgender voice specialist speech therapist, but I thought it would take me years to achieve this professional goal. DMU helped me find a clinical placement at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health which I loved."

Sarah's story
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Your teaching and learning

We are pleased to let you know that our plans for teaching and learning for 2021/22 have been created to be future-proof, avoiding disruption to your studies even if national Covid-19 restrictions return (or if you are ‘pinged’ and have to self-isolate). We have focused on ensuring you receive a consistent, high-quality student experience, and our timetables and event planning have all been designed to maximise face-to-face activities where possible, retaining your on-campus experience and not disrupting your schedule during your time with us.