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Top tips for settling into uni

Starting university is an exciting yet nerve-racking time for all students. While some students will find it very easy to adjust to living in halls, others might feel homesick and some students living at home might also feel lonely or worried.

Well, your Students' Union is here to help and we've put together five top tips to help you settle into university life…

1. Get to know your housemates and course mates

Before you get here, find out who your housemates and coursemates are by joining groups on Facebook. Don't be afraid to message them and introduce yourself and once you have, suggest setting up a Zoom call or arrange to meet up in person. If you're arranging a video call, make sure your camera is turned on so that everyone can see you. Once you arrive at uni, get to know your housemates and coursemates a little better and head out to the pub or for a bite to eat, or take a trip out bowling or to the cinema.

2. Decorate your uni room

Adding those personal touches to your uni room can make a huge difference and will really make you feel at home. Decorate your walls with some of your favourite posters and photos of family and friends, put some comfy cushions on your bed or get some artificial plants or fairy lights to brighten up your room. Most home bargain stores or pound shops sell these things and lots of other cool stuff, and IKEA is also a great place to get all your uni essentials.

3. Attend our events during Welcome

If you're worried you'll be stuck for something to do when you get to uni, fear not. We have a huge list of events, fairs and activities that will be taking place during Welcome and beyond. Don't miss our Hallam Square Takeover on 23rd September and Freebie Fair on 24th September, then the week after we've got our Societies Fair at The Leadmill and The Inbetweeners film screening at Abbeydale Picture House. We're also taking over Peddler Warehouse at Kelham Island on 7th October where you can expect some of the best street food Sheffield has to offer, drinks, live music and so much more, so make sure you get the date in your calendar! Don't forget to pick up a wristband for Peddler at the HUBS from 20th September or from our other events! Find out more about what you can get involved in during Welcome and to book your place!

4. Discover our student groups

Joining a society is a great way to do something you enjoy and to make friends. Your Students' Union runs over 80 student groups, including social and academic societies, from breakdancing, knitting and darts, to hospitality, law and marketing! You can even get involved with one-off society events through our Give It A Go programme throughout semester one to give you a taster of what the society has to offer. This year, we'll be running our Societies Fair at The Leadmill for the very first time, where you can expect lots of music, fun and the chance to speak to our societies in person!

5. Get into a routine

Getting into a daily routine is a good way to get yourself used to uni life and living away from home. Try and get up at a similar time every day and find something to do. It can also help to make to-do lists to make sure you're organised from the very start. If the fridge is empty, get your housemates together and create a shopping list before heading out for a shopping trip, or put together a cleaning rota and get your rubber gloves on if your flat is looking a little worse for wear.

We understand that it takes time to settle into university life, and we know that some of you may be feeling a little anxious due to COVID-19. However, following these five simple tips will easily make you feel more comfortable at uni whilst making friends at the same time, and there will be COVID-19 messaging across campus to advise you on what safety measures you should take.

Find out everything you need to know about Welcome and your first few weeks at Hallam.