If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that you are about to begin your Anglia Ruskin journey and make the big move. Moving away to somewhere new can be scary, but, also very exciting. You have so many new opportunities, people and places ahead of you!
I remember moving to Cambridge to start at ARU back in 2019 before the pandemic hit. I felt inevitably nervous, but at the same time ready for it. If you think about it, the very fact that you have applied to university and have your stuff packed up to move shows that you’re mentally in a place where you think that you’re going to be able to handle living away. My main worries during the move were whether I was going to get along with my flatmates and how many times I was going to get lost around the campus. However, once arriving, these are things that can be easily remedied.
Meeting new people isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but your flatmates are in the same position as you and are likely to be nervous about meeting you as well. As for navigating around the campus, there are many opportunities to take a campus tour around ARU or to ask your Welcome Buddy to help you find your main lecture rooms.
A Welcome Buddy is someone that new students can be paired with upon beginning at ARU. These buddies tend to study the same course as you and will be there to help you to feel less alone in your new environment.
I know that your goodbyes before moving may not have been easy, whether they were said to family, friends, or pets. But like most changes in life, you will get used to living away, even if right now it doesn’t feel like it. Make sure to give those you care about your new address and stay in touch when you can. Bringing photos of them to put up in your room along with some other home comforts can be helpful, too.
My top advice would be to meet your flatmates as soon as possible and make sure you stay in touch with your Welcome Buddy. The longer that you leave meeting your neighbours, the more difficult it may be, and having a Welcome Buddy can be a great way to make a like-minded friend.
I’d also recommend signing up for some extracurricular activities, such as SU Societies. These don’t have to be academic based if you feel as though you can’t add to your workload. There are plenty of leisure-based ones too, such as the Film Society where people get together and watch movies.
I wish you all the best on your journey ahead!
If you've already applied to ARU remember you can ask ambassadors (like me) questions and start making friends early in our Facebook Group.
Ciéra studies Media at ARU in Cambridge. You can explore what life is like as a student at ARU at one of our Open Days.