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How to prepare for student life

So you’re coming to start a degree at Newcastle University? Congratulations! Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to prepare in 8 simple steps.

1. Celebrate

After all the hard work you did for exams, you deserve a treat. Make sure you celebrate in style! While you’re out partying, we’ll be busy sending you a welcome pack that’ll help you start planning your move.


2. Accommodation

We suggest that you get your accommodation sorted before you arrive. Take some time to think about what will suit your needs and budget. House or halls? Ensuite or share bathroom? Catered or self catered? If you’ve not thought about it yet, take a look at our accommodation website for more details.


3. Finances

Think about how you are going to budget so you don’t end up spending all of your money in the first week! You can find some top tips about managing your money on our website. If you have not already, you can still apply to Student Finance for a loan or grant. It might also be a good idea to set up a student bank account. If you’ve got any questions, get in touch with the University Finance Office.


4. Go shopping

This is your chance to stock up on student essentials. Don’t panic though – student life doesn’t have to be expensive. Newcastle city centre is packed with markets and charity shops where you can find essentials at bargain prices. Many of the books you’ll need can be found in our library. Our self-catered accommodation comes stocked with kitchen essentials and you’ll soon be a pro and making budget-friendly meals.


5. Register

You’ll need to provisionally register with the University before you arrive. In late August you’ll receive a letter or e-mail telling you how to access the University computing system. Once you log into your email account, you’ll find instruction on how to complete the registration. Once you have done this you will see your registration document. Don’t forget to print it out and bring it along with you when you arrive so that you can collect your Smartcard.


6. Find friends

Once you arrive there will be loads of opportunities to make friends. One great way of meeting people is getting involves in Freshers’ Week. You can buy your wristband in advance on the website. If you want to find before you arrive, try our thread on The Student Room website or the live #ticket2ncl wall. You can also connect with the University on social media.


7. Travel

Get packing and plan your journey to Newcastle in advance using the maps and guidance on our website. You’re moving to one of the UK’s best student cities, so you can start daydreaming about the exciting experiences coming your way!


8. Arrive

Great news. You’ve made it! You’re a Newcastle University student.

Once you’re here, there will be lots of other tasks to complete as part of Arrival, Welcome and Registration period. You’ll have induction sessions at you’re School and there’s also the fun of Freshers’ Week to enjoy. You’ll soon have friends, academic tutors and other people who can support you as you settle in. If you have any concerns, you can always contact the Interaction Team.

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