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Meet your presenter for this Week 2, Lilian, and find out what you'll be covering about things to know before you start uni.
Welcome back to Live Smart. I’m Lilian, your presenter for week two. This week, you’ll be focusing on what you need to know when you start uni. You’ll hear current students talk about their first day on campus and their experience of being independent. You’ll also explore some of the questions that come up for new students, like what I need to have when I move in?, how do I live on a budget?, and what happens in Freshers’ Week? You will also get a chance to work out what’s important to you when it comes to living arrangements to help you decide which you’d prefer.
You’ll be introduced to some of the big issues that new students experience, and you’ll hear from support staff who will discuss their role in helping students. And let’s not forget the practical stuff too, such as signing up to services you’ll need, like a doctor’s surgery, working out where everything is in a new place, and knowing how to look after yourself. We’ll also be touching on where to find out about social events in and outside of campus. We hope you enjoy week two.

Welcome to Week 2!

Meet your presenter for this Week, Lilian, and find out what you’ll be covering about things to know before you start.

This Week, you’ll explore practical advice and guidance to help you prepare for student life, such as:

  • Discuss what accommodation is right for you and how to prepare for moving in
  • Understand why you’ll need to budget at university and share your top tips for saving money
  • Familiarise yourself with the support services available at university so you know where to go if you need further help.
  • Share tips for looking after yourself to make the transition to uni easier.

Remember to watch for comments made by Lead Educator, David Dobraszczyk and the Mentors; Calum and Alannah. They are here to share their knowledge and past experiences of starting uni and happy to answer your questions.

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Don’t forget to keep updating your action plan. If you practised a skill from Step 1.16, why not try another task from the list?

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