Understanding the first year

Students walking

Starting university is exciting but it can be a daunting time for students. During the first few weeks some students may struggle with homesickness, worry about managing their money or wonder whether they made the right decision to come here in the first place.

We can help students deal with many of these pressures but they are also likely to turn to you for support. By knowing some of the issues they are facing and what support is available you can help them cope with these challenges.

We allocate every new undergraduate and postgraduate research student with a Welcome Buddy from their course or area of study who will act as a friendly face and will get in touch with the student before they even arrive. Welcome Buddies are there to sign post students to further support, share their university experience and help with any first year nerves. They will also help students settle in and we hope it will help students by having someone there for them from the start of their ARU journey.