Here’s a brief round up of useful links for our new freshers!
So, you’ve got through the seemingly endless paperwork of university applications and student finance forms, you’ve done the rounds of university open days, you’ve experienced the nerve-wracking exam results day and now, quite possibly, feel as if you’ve spent a small fortune on kitting your son or daughter out in preparation for them starting their course. Without so much as a chance to catch your breath, the time’s suddenly here for your son or daughter to take the next step in their life.
Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 6: Arriving at University
Freshers week is now well underway and our office in the Students’ Union is buzzing with students attending the Freshers Fayre today, along with a random assortment of strange characters wandering around in giant inflatable costumes. The event is organised by the Students’ Union and it’s a great opportunity to find out what’s going on within the University and around Birmingham in general. Students can sign up to get involved in one of the many sports teams or societies within the University and there is loads of free stuff on offer as local bars, clubs and sporting and leisure venues all queue up to promote themselves to this year’s intake of new students. Today’s goodie bag haul included free bowling tickets, baked beans (!) and posters from the Ikon gallery.
If you are new to student life in Birmingham or are thinking of studying here next year and want to find out what’s going on in the city then take a look at Keisha Thomson’s guide to the music and arts scene. Keisha is a Birmingham City University student with a blog at Birmingham Live and Learn
Starting university is an exciting time. Not only will you be embarking on a new course, but you’ll be meeting new people, possibly be living in a new city and adapting to university life – all at once! With so many things going on, here’s just a few essentials for new undergraduate students to think about when joining university.
Amidst all the excitement and upheaval, you’d be surprised the number of students who forget to sort out the essentials – like food! Think about the staple items you’ll need to tide you over for the first week and plan what you’ll need so you don’t have to make several trips to the supermarket. Stick within your budget – if you start out as you mean to go on, you stand a better chance of not running out of money by the end of term. Above all, make sure you eat properly.
Not sure of what to stock up on or stuck for ideas of what to cook? Get some ideas here http://www.studentrecipes.com/ and here http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/news_and_events/events_student1.shtml.
Register with a doctor and dentist
There’s only one thing that’s worse than feeling ill or having a raging toothache, and that’s feeling ill or having toothache and not being registered with a doctor or dentist. Hopefully, you’ll not need to see them too often, but it’s essential that you sign up with them when you arrive. Many universities have practices they have links with, so you should check with them to find out more.
Birmingham City University students can find out more about their local doctors and dentists practices at:
Find out more about healthcare services at Birmingham City University here. Continue reading Arriving at University
With freshers’ week now just a couple of weeks away, here we look at some of the things you’ll need to arrange before you start university.
Open a student bank account
Do some research into the different options and deals on offer and consider which one can offer you the most in the long term. Some banks offer deals like discounted travel for students which can help to save money, but always look at the wider picture to make sure that you really are getting the best deal.
Insuring personal possessions is important in case of accidental loss, damage or theft, as the cost of replacing valuables can be considerable in some cases. Many insurers offer specific insurance for students, but you may also be able to take out student insurance as part of your parents’ home insurance. Take time to find out whether this could be more cost effective than taking out separate cover.
Whichever option you choose, ensure that appropriate cover is arranged before you join university. Consider what valuables you intend to bring and pay attention to any specific cover requirements or additional premiums for specific items. Continue reading Before you arrive…