As you may or may not know already, I am living at home while studying for my degree. There are many factors that lead to this decision which I have wrote about already in my ‘Why I chose the University of Suffolk’ post, but living at home doesn’t mean I miss out on student life. So here are my top tips for getting involved in student life when living at home!
Go to Freshers' events
This might sound obvious but going to Freshers' events is an easy way to learn more about student life from current university students and you can meet new students who are probably just as nervous as you are.
The key event to attend is the Freshers' Fair, which is full of societies and businesses with the added bonus of lots of free stuff. This also gives you the opportunity to meet staff from the Students' Union who offer lots of events and activities throughout the year to get involved in.
Join a society
An easy way to settle into uni life quicker is to join a society. There are all kinds of societies ranging from course specific societies set up purposely so that students from larger courses can meet up and spend time with one another, but there are also societies for people with similar interests where you can meet people who are interested in the same sort of things as you are!
Most societies meet weekly and offer a range of events and socials over fresher’s helping you to settle in and enjoy uni life.
Meet up with your course mates outside of lectures
Arranging to see your course mates outside of lectures is a great way to get to know one another better and a fun way to spend your downtime. My course is fairly small so we all know one another well and we like to meet up outside of our timetables to relax between the hard work!
This also means you build a good support network for assignments and exams as you can help one another if you are struggling or stressed!
Look out for job opportunities at the uni
Whether you have a part time job or not, it is always good to expand your work skills and your CV, and this can be done by looking out for job roles offered at the University. This can range from being a Student Ambassador helping at open days and showing prospective students around, to writing for the University blog, like I do!
Make the most of your spare time
Now this might sound strange but a lot of the courses at the uni have shorter timetables in that you do not have lectures 9 – 5 every day. This can be a great way to set time aside to get involved in extra curriculum activities or spend more time with course mates. By using your time wisely you can insure you have an active social life at uni, even though you are not living on campus.
So those are my top tips for getting involved in student life when living at home. If you have any tips for me to try or you tried any out then let us know in the comments. Thank you for reading!