If you’re starting at the University of Suffolk in September, you might have a few questions about life at uni. I’ve picked out a few of our most frequently asked questions to help you out. Of course, you shape a lot of your own experience at uni, so we can’t tell you everything, but hopefully this will go part of the way to helping you start university.
Should I get a part-time job?
This really depends on you. Before you come to uni, sort yourself out with a rough budget plan of you weekly or monthly spending based on your maintenance loan. Don’t forget to include things like travel! Then you can decide if you need a part-time job. My advice would be, don’t work more than 10 hours a week. Your timetable might look pretty empty, but you also need to do some self-study during that time.
The University of Suffolk has a great Student Ambassador scheme where you can work for the University based on hours that suit you.
What are halls like?
You might have visited some accommodation on an Open Day. Accommodation varies a lot between where you go and even what flat you’re in. Some flats will be more sociable than others and have different facilities. Ask current students about their experiences in halls on the Suffolk New Starters Facebook Group.
How much work do I actually have to do?
When you first get your timetable, it might look pretty empty. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have loads of time to sleep and watch Netflix. You’ll be expected to prepare for each lecture with reading or tasks, you’ll want to write up your notes after the lecture and do assignments and revise for exams. It might seem like a lot, but you’ll have support from your lecturers. You are expected to be independent, but if you put in the effort, you’ll find more support.
Will I get any support?
Lecturers will always respond to your emails and will be available for tutorials if you need them. Make sure you use them! If you have learning difficulties like dyslexia, Student Services can also offer extra support as and when you need it. You can also access support for mental health or financial difficulties from Student Services and the Student’s Union.
What if I fail something?
Sometimes, you might not do as well in an assignment as you hoped. If you fail something, you’ll be able to re-sit it. If you fail again, your lecturer might talk to you about re-taking the module or switching to a different route.
What is Freshers' Week like?
Freshers' week is one of the best weeks in the student calendar. There’s a whole range of events from parties to coffee mornings to sports. Click here to get an idea of what last year’s Freshers' was like.