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Welcome to our new students

September starters, these pages are where you'll find all the information you need before you arrive.

How to prepare yourself for university

Understanding and preparing for what life at university will be like is important to ensure your transition into higher education is as smooth as possible.

It’s best practice to come to university with a simple monthly budget worked out in advance. Calculating your income and outgoing expenses will make sure you aren’t left short at the end of the month. Paying bills on time and not exceeding your overdraft limit will ensure you don’t encounter any unexpected additional charges. 

If you’re moving away from home to attend university, it’s likely that you’ll want to change your GP practice so you’re able to sort out any medical issues easily. As well as being a more convenient option, doctors near university campuses are well-equipped to deal with student-related health issues such as mental health, travel clinics and sexual health.

All new university students aged 25 and under are strongly advised to have an MenACWY vaccination before they arrive at University or as soon as possible after arrival. We recommend you contact your GP to arrange this. Full information on protecting yourself against meningitis and septicaemia is available here. The Health and Wellbeing team at UEL can provide advice on registering with a GP.



Studying at university requires a fair bit of independent study and self-motivation. If these skills don’t come naturally to you it’s worthwhile to avoid distracting social media websites or pair up with a study buddy who can help you stay on track. Productivity apps such as Momentum, Wunderlist and Google calendar can also help.
If you want to get ahead with your studies, you should get started on your reading list in the summer before you start your course. Come September you’ll have more time to settle in and socialise if you’ve gotten some of your reading out of the way. 
Managing your time effectively is one of the most important skills you can come to university with. Once you’re here you’ll have to prioritise tasks, stick to deadlines and get to lectures and seminars on time. Keeping a to-do list and setting yourself goals can help to make sure you don’t miss any important dates or deadlines.
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