First, let me start by saying CONGRATULATIONS!!! Going to university is an incredible experience full of highs and lows, and I’m almost certain you’ll meet people who will become friends for life! But it is also a chance for you to grow and become strong enough to withstand the physical, mental, figurative and literal tests coming your way.
Now that you’ve achieved the grades and accepted your offer to come to Aston University, you’re probably thinking…
1. Accommodation & Flatmates
Now that you know you’re coming to Aston, have to officially accepted your accommodation offer and paid the deposit? If you’re living on campus, click here to find out everything you need to know.
This is probably the first time you’ve moved away from home, but you’re not alone. You have flatmates!
- Facebook – look out for the official ‘Aston University 2018/19 New Students’ Facebook page. You can post your block name and floor/flat number and wait for people to contact you.
- Unite App – If you’re living on campus (or your accommodation is owned by Unite Students), the MyUnite app is available to download – you can login to view the names of other students in your flat who have also logged into the app. You’re able to start group chat in the app and get to know people before moving in!
If you’re commuting, be sure to look into the cheapest ways to travel to and from university. *Tip* If you’re travelling by train, save a third on train tickets with a 16-25 railcard!
During Freshers’ Week, you’ll need to officially enrol to Aston University. A step-by-step guide can be found here.
3. Get to know Birmingham
Many of you may have only ever visited Birmingham if you attended one of the open days. If this is the case, take some time to find out what Birmingham has to offer! Check out our Birmingham section of Aston Life – it’s full of blogs to help you get to know Brum!
4. Prepare yourself for FRESHERS WEEK!
But be careful – student finance probably won’t drop until after Freshers’ Week has started so it’s advisable to try and get a part time job over the summer to earn a little Freshers Week spending money. But if you’re one of the lucky ones who receives their student loan before Freshers’ Week begins, don’t fall into the trap of going overboard with the spending. You regret it when you’re living off of 20p super noodles.
5. Aston Students’ Union
The Students’ Union is run for students, by students. Check out all it has to offer through events and its facilities. During Freshers’ Week, they will host a Freshers’ Fair and this gives you the chance to find out more about the clubs and societies at the university.
This doesn’t cover everything, but hopefully it will help you make a start!
See you in September!