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Moving in and settling in

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There's a lot to do when you start university – move in, unpack and sort your room out, meet your flat and coursemates, enrol and get involved in during Aston Welcome.

When you arrive at Aston, there may be a lot of abbreviations (acronyms) that you won't recognise. "Understanding Aston's Terminology", lists all the common ones so if you want to know what MAP or ABS or LIS mean, check it out.

Starting university can be a little daunting, but remember there are plenty of people around to help you. And don't forget, if you come across a problem don’t panic! Chances are it's a common problem and can be easily fixed by speaking to someone.  

Here are a few tips which should help you through your first week:

  • Remember that others are in the same situation as you. No one feels completely confident in a new place, with new people. With this in mind, pluck up the courage to knock on your neighbour's door or start up a conversation with the person sitting next to you.

  • If you're not sure what to do next, or you've got an hour spare, why not head over to the Martin Luther King multi-faith centre.

  • Join some societies or sports clubs – it's a great opportunity to try something new, and meet some new friends.

  • Don't forget there are plenty of people around for you to talk to: a member of staff, a flatmate, a family member or friend from home. If you have a question relating to your course, get in touch with your Academic School . The Hub is the place to go to access our excellent student support services. If you're arriving in September, look out for an Aston Auntie - they're there to help get you settled in, or if you've got questions about your course, look out for an Academic Arrival Guide, who'll be happy to help you.

  • The Peer Mentoring Scheme can match you with a second or final year student in one to one mentoring relationships. Your mentor will be someone who has just been through the same stage as you, who can share their knowledge and experiences and give you handy tips at every step of your time at Aston University.

Last checked and updated 17 March 2014 PD

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