How students can adjust to university life

Leaving home for the first time and starting university life is a big milestone in every young adult’s life.

The BelievePerform team look at tips on getting students ready to adjust to this new and exciting time with practical guidance on how to look after student’s well-being and health.

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  1. Studying – get organised early on. Develop a timetable you can stick to that is dedicated to revision and study.
  2. Social – connect with people who you share common interests with. Don’t feel pressured into doing things you don’t want to.
  3. Finances – organise your finances so you understand how much you are spending and on what (bills, food, social).
  4. Self-care – don’t forget to look after yourself. It is important that you do things that promote positive wellbeing.
  5. Tutors – use your tutors for support, guidance and help. Don’t be afraid to talk to them if you are struggling.
  6. Physical – look after your physical health. Eat a well balanced diet, get into a good sleep routine and exercise.
  7. Family/friends – keep in regular contact with family and friends who are back home.
  8. Talk – talk to people about your feelings, thoughts and any problems (friends, relatives, uni counsellor).
  9. Independence – Get used to doing things on your own. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Do one thing 1 step at a time
  10. .Support – build a support network of friends who can encourage, listen, motivate and be there for you.
  11. Nerves – you are starting a new experience so you can expect to feel a bit nervous. Breathe, slow things down and stay calm.
  12. Mental health – pressure, stress, worry and anxiety are common factors whilst at uni. Develop positive mental health.
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