School of Humanities

Personal and social challenges


University may be your first taste of independence and the social side of student life can be one of the most enjoyable aspects. You'll make new friends, discover exciting opportunities and get involved in things you've never tried before. However, some people are unprepared and struggle to deal with some of the responsibilities that come with this new-found freedom, such as:

  • dealing with changing friendships
  • coping with new financial demands
  • balancing social life with academic life

If you are returning to study after working or travelling, or studying part-time, you may need to fit university around many other commitments. 

The challenges

The personal and social challenges you may face include:

  • finding accommodation
  • adapting to a new culture and lifestyle
  • increased independence, freedom and responsibility
  • the possibility of losing old support networks
  • establishing new friends 
  • managing your finances
  • achieving a manageable study/life balance

How the University can help you

The University provides a number of support services and resources to help you adapt to university life.

How to overcome the challenges

There are numerous things you can do to help overcome the personal and social challenges involved in university life:

  • allow yourself time to settle into the new environment
  • check the Student Intranet for events and opportunities
  • develop a study timetable to balance study and life responsibilities
  • be prepared for friendship groups to change  
  • introduce yourself to others in your lecture or tutor group
  • make a realistic budget and stick to it
  • join a sports club or society
  • use the gym or go to a group fitness class
  • become a volunteer

School of Humanities

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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