Sorting Out Everything Else
UCAS – I’ve applied, what next?
So what about when I’m an undergraduate? What’s life like as a student? Going to university is a new experience from college, particularly if you move away from home. Outside studying, you will have lots of opportunities to make new friends, join clubs & societies, sports teams or the Student Union. Either way these are ways of making many more new friends who are not necessarily on your course, and when you first arrive there will be many social activities during Fresher’s Week as a welcome.
Where will I live?
Most 1st year undergraduates are guaranteed a place in halls of residence on the uni campus, or very nearby, if they attend their 1st choice university, or alternatively students may choose to live in shared lodgings or a youth hostel. The above picture is an example of what accommodation is like at Solent University. All universities have an Accommodation Office who are there specifically to help new and existing undergraduates find somewhere to live and hold lists of local landlords happy to rent property to students which the university has approved*. Some students return to live on campus for their final year which is largely spent doing research for writing their dissertation so prefer to be near the campus library resources etc. You will generally receive details about the offer of halls of residence between May and July from the university that you have made your firm, first-choice university and a deposit is likely to be required.
*see Student Services for information on things to look for in rented accommodation.
The student experience:
But becoming an undergraduate is about much more than gaining further qualifications; being a student at university widens your experience of the world – you meet new people from all over the UK and overseas and from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. An increasing number of young people entering higher education are the first generation in their family to go to university. You are also offered a range of exciting opportunities for your social life as well as your studies, and you have the opportunity to leave home if you choose to. This makes your time in higher education an all-round experience as well as a chance to develop a range of skills which are highly valued by employers.