Pre Arrival Student Site (PASS). This is where you can upload a photo for your university ID card and enrol online. By doing these tasks prior to starting, you will save time during Induction Week, leaving you plenty of time to get to know your new friends and attend events such as the Freshers’ Fair.
Make a list
Whilst you’re thinking about accommodation, it’s a good idea to make a list of all the key things you will need such as bedding, towels and kitchen utensils (if you’re not in fully catered accommodation). You can then buy bits and pieces over the summer to spread the cost.
It’s important to apply for Student Finance ASAP in order to ensure that everything will be in place for the start of term. In order to guarantee getting your finance on time you need to submit your application by Friday 30th May. But don’t worry if you have missed this deadline you can still apply for Student Finance after this date.
It’s a good idea to set up a student bank account so that you can take advantage of the benefits. It’s worth having a look at what’s on offer and seeing which the best is for you; don’t just go with one because your friends are as this might not offer the best incentives for you. Now might also be a good time to start thinking about budgeting while you are at university.
Keep in touch
You probably don’t need me to tell you this but social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends as well as make new friends. So use your social networks to find out what Chester is really like and share your story: #mychesterstory
We’d also recommend joining The Student Room so you can chat to other students starting in September, as well as some of our existing students. This should hopefully help you with the settling in process as you’ll already be familiar with what Chester is really like and may even have made some friends before you arrive!
Look forward to seeing you in September,