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23 Pieces of Advice For First-Year University Students

Below is a list of 23 nuggets of advice courtesy every single one of my friends, from Nottingham and beyond. If you’re starting uni in September, memorise these; they’ll get you far. Don’t miss out on huge opportunities because you’re scared. This could be a chance to study abroad, solo travel, attend a conference or …

Being An LGBT+ Student At University

Going to university as a member of the LGBT+ community is incredibly exciting. It’s usually the first time we get to introduce ourselves to a whole new set of people as our own most authentic selves. But as well as that excitement, it can also be very nerve-wracking. Being away from home with all of …

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 …

How to Make the Most out of Freshers Week

Ahh freshers week…there’s nothing quite like it. It’s one of the most exciting yet terrifying weeks of your life. Read on to find out how to make the most of it !! Put yourself out there Starting university is scary. You’re in a new city, living with strangers, and without the home comforts you’ve grown accustomed …

What to Pack for University

The big question everyone has before moving out for the first time: what do I pack? Before coming to university, I read so many articles and watched so many youtube videos about this exact topic. The truth is that your packing list will be very unique to YOU. You need to consider what are some …

Being a Musician at University

“I’m a musician. Are there many opportunities for me at uni?” It’s a question I hear time and time again at open days. And my response is always: “I’m a musican too! And I’ve never once felt like there weren’t enough musical opportunities at uni!” Even based on SB campus, I immediately had access to …

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 …

When Nottingham Wasn’t Your Firm Choice

For something that happens to so many of us, we don’t talk about it enough. When you open your results envelope and see that you’ve missed the grades for your firm choice. When you log into UCAS to find that it’s your insurance choice that’s been confirmed. That heart sinking moment when you realise that …

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 …

Looking back on welcome week, three years later…

Back in 2016… I started welcome week at university as a fresh-faced, just-turned-18 year old with four A Levels, zero life skills, and a long-held ambition to become a vet. Now I’m a just-turned-21 year old with a degree, a fair few more life skills than I started out with (I hope), and a slightly …