5 April 2018
Biomedical Science student Sandip, who studies in Cambridge, shares his top 5 tips for settling into university life in the UK.
For international students about to start uni at Anglia Ruskin or another UK university, it is a great decision to make as a stepping stone towards your future career. It is normal to have several questions relating to life in the UK: study, weather, sports, accommodation, working during your studies, and more...
Here are my top 5 tips to take into consideration, in order to start a good, easy and safe life.
Being independent is always the best experience to practice in life. However, students coming from international countries can tend to worry before they arrive in UK for the first time, in terms of what to expect for the first couple of weeks.
Freshers' Week is the best way to network with as many people as you wish (new friends, lecturers, university staff, the Students' Union). You get a brief overview of your course, meet your allocated personal tutor, get to know the Student Services staff members, and also attend a faculty fair.
Our students and staff members are very friendly. Feel free to join as many societies as you like by getting in touch with the Students' Union or attending the various welcome events. Also, don’t forget to attend the library sessions, campus tours, and Study Skills Plus events.
ARU has a wide range of sports activities to join. There's a campus gym and tennis court [in Cambridge] along with other sport facilities such as football, cricket, volleyball, basketball and many more. Make sure you join one of them at least, as it will be worth spending time to keep yourself fit.
Join the Employment Bureau and get advice on how to apply for your National Insurance number; without it you can’t work in the UK.
There is lots of temporary work around University to fit around your studies. I joined the Employment Bureau in my foundation year and started working as a Student Ambassador, then moved on to work in a temporary role for my faculty. Now I work as one of the Research Assistants for several faculties.
Work hard, study well and don’t forget to enjoy your uni life.