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Settling in

Settling in

Starting a new university course is exciting but also daunting for many students – especially when it means leaving home and travelling to a new country.


Tips for your first few days at Nottingham

  • Take care of the practical stuff – the following will make you feel more settled and prepared for your course: Set up a UK bank account, get registered with the National Health Service (NHS), take care of any immigration-related tasks and attend university registration.
  • Attend your inductions – introductory lectures and inductions for your course will give you a useful headstart.
  • Have some money available – it takes around two weeks to set up a UK bank account so make sure you have enough money to last you until this is sorted. Find out more about managing your money. 
  • Get out there – join some societiessports teams, start volunteering and attend events – especially during Week One or the International Welcome Programme
  • Explore Nottingham – there is plenty to discover, including great places to visit, shop, eat, drink, dance, watch sport and much more. Find out about some of Nottingham's highlights.
  • Take care of yourself – be sure to make time for yourself to adjust to all the changes. Creating a routine for yourself, getting enough sleep, making new friends, and trying not to worry too much.
  • Try not to go overboard – it's very easy to get swept up in the excitement and do something you'll later regret. Know your limits and stick to them.
  • Use your common sense – take care and use your common sense: don't flash large amounts of money about at an ATM or leave your smartphone unattended; walk home with a group of friends and know who to contact in an emergency.
  • Stay in touch – someone at home may be anxiously awaiting to hear you’ve arrived safely and how you're getting on. Save your family and friends the grief and let them know you are alright!
  • Look for second-hand textbooks for your course – you can get them online, from local charity shops or previous students. Noticeboards in your department building will often display useful adverts as well.
  • Look out for the Study Abroad Fair – this takes place during November each year. You will be able to find out the variety of opportunities on offer.
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 Top tips to beat homesickness

  • Acknowledge your feelings and accept them. These feelings will pass. 
  • Try to remind yourself why you wanted to come, remember some of the things you were looking forward to.
  • Make an effort to join clubs and societies. It may seem difficult at first but the more you feel part of campus life the less homesick you will feel.
  • Try to establish a routine as soon as possible. The fuller your days the less time you will have to feel homesick or lonely.
  • Make sure you get enough rest and try to eat well and get some fresh air and exercise every day.
  • Talk to other students. They may be going through these kind of feelings too, and if you start a conversation with someone they will probably be very pleased.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if things get too much. If you feel you are having a lot of difficulty settling in you may want to talk to the University Counsellors. Remember there is a lot of help available for you. 
  • It's normal to experience culture shock as you adjust to living in the UK, and this can make you feel lonely and fristrated, but it usually doesn't last for long. Read UKCISA's guidance and tips on dealing with culture shock.
  • See more tips on how to cope with living away from home
  • Read what our student said about coping with homesickness while at university

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