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What to Expect during your First Few Weeks of University

Your first few weeks of University are going to be a lot to handle. Probably for the first time in your life you’ll be totally independent which can at first seem liberating, no parents or carers to tell you what you what to do – total freedom. However total freedom can also be a bit …

Coping with Homesickness – An International Student’s Perspective

When COVID-19 first made its appearance, students were asked to return to their permanent addresses for the foreseeable future. For international students, like myself, this meant flying across the world to cities we had left years ago. Now, rounding out my 5th month back home, I realise that this is the longest I have spent …

University Bucket-list: Five new things you must try

How do you know if you’re really making the most of out University ? My last post covered ways in which you can make the most out of Freshers week. But some of you may be wondering, how do I do as much as I can at University? Well look no further. I’ve compiled a …

Everyone’s Favourite Spots in Nottingham City Centre

A quick note from UoN: these blogs are here to provide you information that will be useful to you throughout your time with us, whether that be a year, three years or many more. But our class of 2020 is, as we all know, joining us under difficult circumstances so we ask you to follow …

Things I wish I knew before starting university

Before coming to uni, I didn’t even know what questions to ask! In fact, in most cases, I didn’t even know what I didn’t know. Mostly, I figured out these things by myself – but you don’t have to! Trams They’re the easiest mode of transport between the university and the city! It takes about …

Adjusting to The Academic Step-Up of Uni

The journey from school-goer to university student is rife with challenges. And that’s not including the academic hurdles. Pursuing a higher education will offer you a lifetime of opportunities, experiences and lessons learnt. Of these, the academic step-up is one of the most obvious road-blocks and one that is easily overcome. With time and support, …

Adjusting to Self-Motivated Study

One of the massive differences between A levels and your degree is how much of your study is dependent on you. Of course, you have a lot of freedom in terms of your attendance and optional exercises, worksheets and assignments – but what does that freedom really mean? It turns out that having that much …

How to navigate Online Assessments

Starting university in the midst of a global pandemic is going to be a bit strange. Many universities have had to adapt teaching and move courses online. With this move towards online learning, much of your assessments will also be online. Like many first-year university students, online assessments were completely new to me when I …

A Shopper’s Guide to University: What to Buy & Where to Shop?

I absolutely love shopping. I could spend hours strolling around my favourite stores; and that’s no exaggeration. Ironically, shopping for university was one of my least favourite aspects of moving into my dorm room in first year. If you’re heading to Nottingham in September, keep reading to learn more about what to buy and where …

Coming to University through Clearing

If you’re thinking about coming to university through clearing, read on to learn about my experience of applying to Nottingham through clearing, and how that impacted my preparation for starting university. Research the University It’s important to make sure that the university and location is somewhere you can see yourself living for the next three …