Friday, 30 May 2014

Things to do before you start university

Although it may seem ages until you start university, it’s surprising how quickly it will come around. While I’m sure you have got lots of exciting things planned for the summer, it’s also worth spending a little bit of time getting ready for university. You may think there’s not much to organise other than packing all your things up ready to move, however there are a few things you can do before you arrive so there’s less to do when you start. This means you can concentrate on getting used to your new surroundings and getting involved with everything else happening during Induction Week.



PASS



One of the first things to do is to log on to our 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.



Accommodation


If you want to live in University owned accommodation, make sure you have submitted your online accommodation application by Sunday 27th July 2014. Applying for accommodation shouldn’t take you long. All you need to do is log on to PASS and select your accommodation options. You will be notified after results day with more information about your accommodation allocation.

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.

Money Matters


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,

Sarah

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