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Settling in to your new home

You’re about to move into your new student home, and chances are, you’re feeling a mix of excitement and apprehension about it.

But there’s no need to worry. There are things you can do to smooth the transition, and help make settling into your new accommodation that bit easier.

Make your room your own

Moving into your new room can feel a little strange and unfamiliar to begin with, especially the first night you spend there. It can help to bring some home comforts with you, like photos, keepsakes and posters to stick on your notice board, so you can start bedding in and making your room feel like yours.

Get to know your housemates

Make time to get to know the people you’re living with. It sounds simple, but it’s so important. Often, the people you live with at university will become friends, but aside from that it will help you understand each other’s habits and their likes and dislikes so you have the best chance of living well together.

Get stuck in

There’s more to university life than books and lectures. Getting involved is a big part of the first term, and the great thing is everyone is in the same boat. As well as all kinds of societies, sports and social activities to tap into on campus, we have HallsLife online networks for each of our student residences, so you’ll be able to join yours to find out about events happening throughout the year. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and feel part of our vibrant student community. There’s even a competition where you can win points and the residence with the most at the end of the year wins a budget to plan their own party.

Need some extra support?

Moving away from home is a big step and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. But if you’re struggling, let university staff know. From help with your studies through our Student Support Advisers, to counselling with our Wellbeing Practitioners, there’s a lot on offer to support you as you adjust to your new life and deal with extra pressures.

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