Tips for new students
Read your information
There is a lot to learn about your new university and much of that information can be found in the booklets that are sent to you.
Attend Welcome/Fresher's Week Events
This is a great time to meet and socialise with other new students at DMU. It's also a chance to join clubs and societies which is a great way to meet like minded people, and gives you a chance to find out more about your university and your Union.
Try not to get overwhelmed
It's easy to be stressed by living in a new environment away from home and usual networks. Remember that you are surrounded by people in the same situation. Things do settle after the first weeks; there are quieter things to do and people to talk to.
Keep an open mind
You will be meeting other students from different parts of the UK and the world. Remember that we are all different and that is exciting. People may speak, act, dress and believe different things from you, embrace it!
You are never going to know unless you ask. Welcome/Fresher's Week is a great time to ask questions of staff and students. Do not be afraid to ask questions, they were new, too, at some point. If you want to know, the chances are, others will, too.
Go to your local shops, walk around nearby streets, who knows what kind of things you'll find!
Leave time to find your classes before they start. Also remember to turn off your mobile phone during class times.
People to help
There are people all over that are willing to help; look for the Welcome Crew, Student Ambassadors and Fresher's reps who can answer any questions you have or talk to you about any problems you are facing. They can also help you to get involved and tell you what’s going on during the week. The Welcome Crew are here to support new students settle in at University.
The best way to meet new people is by getting involved. Attend events or join a club/society. Smaller events can be useful for the times you may feel like chatting rather than partying.
Drinking at events
Keep in mind that there are a lot of fun alcohol-free events during Welcome/Fresher's Week.