Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsHi, I'm Puja, and I'm your presenter for this week, and we will be focusing on the part before you come to University, to help you prepare for those big decisions. You'll start by looking at what options are available to you to carry on with your studies, hear from prospective students, who will share their stories about what University means to them. You will explore the term academic community, and the part that students play. You will also hear from some of our academics about how they support prospective students before coming to University. We will also touch on open days, and how to make the most of these events.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to ‘Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University’, a three week course produced by the University of Reading.

Starting university is an exciting prospect but it can bring its own set of challenges, especially ones that come unexpectedly. And when these start to build up, the experience can become overwhelming. If you’re thinking of continuing your studies or you’re ready to go and you want to know what university life is like – this course is for you.

In this course, you’ll gain an insight of what university life is like and you’ll receive lots of tips and advice from current staff and students, which you can use to help build your independence and life skills. We aim to answer common questions that often come up during the transition period which covers the practical and emotional side of things, and you’ll find out how universities can help you with each step. The course is split into three sections:

  • Week 1 – Things to know before you start university
  • Week 2 – Things to know when you start
  • Week 3 – Things to know after you start

In this Week, to help set your expectations and prepare you for the changes, you’ll explore what uni culture is and what’s expected of you as a uni student.

We want you to make the most of this course and there are several activities for you to take part in which include videos, audio interviews, articles and discussions. We also provide you with practical exercises which we encourage you to take part in and share your experiences back with your fellow Learners.

We’ll be using UoR as a case study throughout the course, but much of what you hear or read will apply to other universities too. If there’s anything you feel we’ve missed out, please let us know! We’re also looking at ways to improve the course and we want to hear from you.

We hope by understanding a little more about university life, you’ll feel more prepared to make the next big steps towards your future and that you build some key skills that’ll help you make the most of your time and experience whilst you’re there. Good luck with the course!


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Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University

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