The first couple of weeks at uni can be an exhilarating, yet often overwhelming experience. Especially if you’ve never lived away from home before.

We get it. It’s tempting to curl up in bed with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and your go-to Netflix series, convincing yourself you aren’t homesick. But the reality hits. Adapting to such a novel and unfamiliar environment requires some adjustment. Don’t worry, we’ve got you.

So if you’re en route to the University of Leeds, or you’re already settled in and diving into your second tub of ice cream (no judgments here), here are our top tips for settling in.

Start socialising as soon as you can

It might sound obvious, but building friendships is pivotal at uni. It will not only make your time at the University of Leeds memorable, filled with (perhaps inebriated) anecdotes and simpler all round, but it also significantly eases the settling in process.

If you’re contemplating packing up or considering a trip home already, it’s time to start socialising. Discovering your group will help you feel content and at ease, especially as you’re adjusting to life at the University of Leeds.

Need ideas for breaking the ice? Grab some munchies with your flatmates and marathon your favourite TV series. Alternatively, why not experiment with a group cooking session? It needn’t be gourmet, but chowing down on some pizza while you socialise can make things feel more comfortable.

If you aren’t a culinary enthusiast and the idea of triggering a 4am fire alarm with your entire halls isn’t appealing, striking up conversations with your coursemates might be the way to go. Sharing a course already gives you a common ground. Initiating a chat doesn’t need to begin with discussing your academic achievements, don’t stress. You’ll soon discover your crowd.

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Explore a society

Societies might not be for everyone, but they are a fantastic avenue to meet like-minded individuals when adjusting to the University of Leeds. Whether you’re a football enthusiast or a music aficionado, societies will make socialising a doddle.

Don’t hesitate to dive in, regardless of which society you opt for! And remember, if the group isn’t resonating throughout your uni journey, there’s no lifelong commitment involved.

The University of Leeds offers an array of societies, from American football to Aviation, even the Belly Dance society. Dive in, and who knows? You might discover a newfound passion.

Make your space yours

Adapting to uni life is a process, and having a comforting space plays an important role. While we wouldn’t recommend you remain cooped up (unless you’re pre-partying with friends), your room should exude a homely vibe. It’s gotta be a space you feel comfortable in, and happy to return to at the end of the day.

Transitioning from your childhood sanctuary might seem strange. However, the beauty of customising your university room is the chance to recreate that familiar warmth.

Whether it’s adding your fave bedding, hanging posters and photos, or perhaps adding some greenery – Little changes can make the space feel like home.

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Embrace Freshers’ Week

Freshers’ week is a common buzzword. For the party enthusiasts, it’s a week to look forward to. But if partying isn’t your scene, don’t let the stories put you off.

The primary purpose of Freshers’ Week, organised by the University of Leeds, is to bring new students together. While numerous events might revolve around drinks, a bunch of alternatives exist, from cinema trips to board game nights, paintballing, and beyond.

Belonging isn’t contingent on alcohol. Engaging in events that align with your preferences will naturally introduce you to like-minded individuals, cultivating genuine friendships. If you lean more towards movie nights vs nights out, be sure to look into our survival guide for introverts during Freshers’ Week.

Don’t forget the Uni of Leeds was the stomping ground of many celebs, so you’re walking in the halls of success stories. Go forth and have the time of your life!

Last Updated on March 21, 2024