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Make The Most of Your Time at Home


Whilst you have the time throughout the summer, it’s a good idea to start organising yourself to make sure you are well equipped to starting your first year.

Catch up with friends and family

When you arrive at uni it can be very easy to get caught up in the excitement of Freshers’ and your new found independence. Make the most of your time at home by spending time with friends and family while you’re still around.

Have a clear out

If you’re anything like we are you’ll have 18+ years’ worth of forgotten stuff stored up in your bedroom – this summer is the perfect time to have a bit of a clear out. You know how you work best, but it tends to help to do it in sections so it’s not so overwhelming – drawer by drawer or by categories like books.


Ensure you have registered and enrolled online. You need to create an Account on our Online Welcome site to register and enrol online, if you haven’t already done this. Upload a passport-style photo for your Campus Card here to save time when you arrive.

Disability advice

If you have (or think you may have) a disability which will affect your ability to study or physically access our University, make sure you contact the Disability Advice team before you arrive so that they can start discussing your support needs.

Get you course essentials together

You want to ensure that you have all the course materials before you set off. Pens, Paper and a few files for organising your notes would be a good start but there may well be more things to consider.  

Plan a budget

Knowing what income to expect and how you are going to use it will make managing your own finances seem a lot less daunting. There are always unexpected costs and you’ll have a better idea of your cost of living after a few weeks in halls, but a bit of planning now will mean you’re able to factor those in much more confidently. Take a look at our advice on setting a budget here.
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