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Settling in at university

Four undergraduate students look back on their first year and remember what made Bath feel like home.

Starting university might seem overwhelming, but there are lots of things that can help you settle in during your first year.

Find out what worked for some of our students, including living on campus, joining clubs, and getting support from our Student Services team.

Elisa-Jayne Barber from Suffolk

I came to Bath on the Open Day, not knowing what to expect. I come from a small village, so wasn’t sure what it would be like to live in a city. Walking around campus, I realised it felt like home, and that was one of the major selling points for me. For their first year, most students decide to live on campus, which is just like a little village with shops, banks and pretty much everything else you need.

In my second year, I decided to live in the city and, as most students live in the same area, it felt like a second campus with everyone so close by. I love being able to go up to campus for lectures then pop to the shops on the way home to pick up essentials.

Bath is a beautiful, fantastic place to live; there’s a lot to do and it has great connections to other places in the UK.

Ee Hooi Lee from Malaysia

I was very homesick for the first few months of my first year. It was the first time in my life that I had been 6,000 miles from home with a 7-hour time difference. Fortunately, as I got to know my housemates and after joining clubs and societies my homesickness did not last long.

Always dreaming of exploring the amazing places in the UK and Europe, I took up a part-time job. Not only did it make good use of my spare time, as I developed many new life skills, but it also gave me the chance to earn some money to fund my adventures and expenses at university.

You have so much freedom as a university student, so my advice is to make the most of the time while you have the opportunity.

Baron Gracias from Swindon, Wiltshire

Before starting my degree, I completed the On Track to Bath programme in Years 12 and 13 where I took part in a monthly research project on campus. I also attended a residential summer school, with around 40 other students, to see what Bath was like. These experiences made me more familiar with life at Bath and I found the transition to university was unlike any other, but in the best way possible.

It may seem overwhelming at first but meeting new people and making friends was unbelievably easy, especially in such a homely environment. Living in halls made every week interesting and, with so many clubs and activities available, there was always something to do. I managed to find a part-time job on campus very quickly which eased the stress associated with the expenses that arise when you don’t live at home.

Mackyla Palmer-Logue from Leicester

At first, the thought of going to university was very daunting. Being the first person in my family to apply to university, I found that there was no one I could talk to about university life and what to expect.

When I arrived at the Bath, I remember feeling overwhelmed with how welcoming everyone was and by all of the support that was in place to help me settle in. The transition into university life was made so much easier through the support I received during Welcome Week. I met my personal tutor, had an introductory welcome talk, and got the chance to go to lots of social events to meet other first-year students.

Living on campus in the first year was great for making friends and for familiarising myself with campus facilities and all that Bath has to offer. There is an amazing community feel on campus.