Congratulations! You’ve landed a place at the University of Chester and you’ve got a little under five weeks until the start of Induction and Freshers’ Week. We hope you’re as excited about it as we are!
We have a whole range of activities planned for your first week, so whether you’re moving into our halls and living on campus, or commuting from home, we want to help you settle in as quickly as possible.
Your first week of university is Induction Week, more commonly known as Freshers’ Week. It’s going to be packed full of social events and activities to help you make new friends and memories. It also provides you with the perfect opportunity to explore your academic departments, find your way around our campuses and complete your enrolment if you still need to!
For those of you that have decided to live in university or partnership accommodation, your moving in date is Sunday the 24th of September 2017. You’ll finally get to meet your new house mates and pick up the keys to your new home for the next year.
We know that it’s only natural to feel apprehensive about moving away, and when the day comes, it will be a real mixed bag of emotions. We have blogged about what to bring for the big move already to help make sure you don’t forget anything essential. But we also understand that packing is only a small part of the day, which is why we have a team of dedicated student volunteers, organised by Chester Students’ Union, to help you unpack the car and move in. We also employ a fully trained team of Hall Wardens for each block of accommodation to provide a welcoming face. And we have an award-winning team of Porters who keep all our sites and accommodation safe and secure, 24/7.
If you’re still feeling apprehensive about the move, we have some tips that should help you settle in:
1. Be yourself
Don’t feel the need to change to fit in. At university you are free to be whoever you want to be. With thousands of students across the University you’ll no doubt find somebody who has similar interests to you. Who knows, they could end up becoming your friend for life.
2. Put yourself out there
Don’t hide in your room; go out there and meet new people. Wander the corridors, or head to the kitchen and pop the kettle on. You’re bound to bump into somebody in no time. Chances are they are experiencing the same feelings as you, so you already have a conversation starter!
3. Explore the local area
Whether you’re studying at Warrington or Chester, there are lots of things for you to discover nearby. Grab your new friends and go and explore.
4. Try something new
University is the time to discover a new hobby and step outside your comfort zone. With over a hundred different clubs and societies to sign up to, you’ll be overwhelmed with choice.
5. Take advantage of the services on offer
We have multiple support departments including Student futures and the Students’ Union. Don’t be afraid to talk to any of them, as they’re on hand to offer information, advice and guidance throughout your time at University.
6. Nerves are normal
It’s okay to feel nervous about coming to university. In fact, if you speak to anybody moving in on the day they’re more than likely to be a little nervous too. Just take it slow, find your feet, and you’ll forget about your worries in no time.
In the Meantime
If you have any questions then just get in touch, we are more than happy to help:
E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01244 512800