Preparing for your studies
Here’s a checklist for you to make sure you’re ready for the start of your course.
Apart from waiting for exam results, check whether you need to do anything else to get your place.
Your university or college might have given you further requirements, like health or financial requirements, DBS checks or proof of your qualifications.
If you have a student loan or funding, check that all the details are sorted. Before you can be paid your first loan/grant instalment make sure:
- you've submitted your application and all the correct supporting evidence
- your bank details are correct on your application – check your online account
- you've signed and returned your declaration form
- you've registered at university or college
- your university or college has confirmed your attendance to SLC
- you’ve allowed a few working days for the funds to be paid into your bank account
Go to our money management area for advice on banking, budgeting, debts and part-time employment that your uni or college may be able to help with.
Many students choose to open a student account with a bank or building society – these are tailored to your needs, and sometimes come with freebies!
We're working with the National Extension College (NEC) to produce a set of study skills guides to help you make the transition to higher education study.
If you’re going somewhere new make sure you’ve got somewhere to live, and think ahead to insurance, bills, supplies and a TV licence.
Contact your uni or college if you need to arrange accommodation. Even if you’re waiting for exam results, it’s best to check where you could live if you do get the place.
If you’re moving away you’ll need to plan your moving day and how you’re getting there, as well as what transport routes you might need to get to your campus.
Do you need to get any course materials or do any preparatory reading or research over the holidays?
It’s important to keep yourself safe wherever you are, but especially so when you’re somewhere new, like at university. Student houses are often brimming with the latest tech and gadgets, making them an easy target for criminals. Stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your stuff at all times! Here are ten top tips from the police for staying safe at uni:
- Make sure your doors and windows are always locked securely. Don’t let opportunist burglars get in!
- Leaving keys, phones, laptops, or any other gadgets out on display can be like an invitation to burglars, so keep them hidden away.
- Not expecting visitors? Don’t answer your door to anyone you don’t know or aren’t expecting!
- Keep a list and photos of your personal property, including serial numbers and descriptions. In most cases, insurance companies won’t pay out unless you can prove your claim, so sending them photos/precise descriptions of your stolen items will help. You can use an ultraviolet pen to mark your property – this is invisible to the naked eye, but can be detected with a special light.
- Always back up your personal data and uni work to a separate source, in case your laptop gets stolen, lost, or broken.
- Heading on a night out? Make sure everyone gets home safely and no-one is left by themselves.
- Each area of the UK has its own safety initiatives, and the police often visit campuses for you to talk to them about any safety concerns you might have.
- Think about your online presence and what other people can see about you. Set your privacy settings accordingly if you only want family and friends to see your posts. Visit www.getsafeonline.org for more guidance.
- Worried your housemate is struggling with drink or drugs? Take a look at www.talktofrank.com for advice.
- Spotted a crime in process? Call 999 straight away! Want to report a crime which has already happened? Call 101.
The different police forces across the UK will be able to provide you with specific advice about the area you’re living in and what they can do to help you. Find your neighbourhood.