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University of Bath

Transition to University

To help you settle into life here at the University there is a range of support available to you.

Beginning at Bath

‘Beginning at Bath’ is a free two day event immediately prior to arrivals weekend. The event is open to applicants who may need additional time to transition into university. It’s a great way to meet other students as well as key University staff.

The programme gives students the opportunity to arrive on campus prior to the general student body.

Food, drink and accommodation are provided for attendees and support is provided by University staff and experienced student ambassadors for the duration of the programme. Example activities are a guided tour of campus, academic skills workshops, quizzes and more.

During your pre-entry advice appointment you will have the opportunity to discuss attending Beginning at Bath with a Disability Adviser. If you think you might like to attend the programme, please discuss this with during your appointment with a Disability Adviser.

Campus Buddy scheme

The University of Bath runs a Campus Buddy scheme for new students who have disclosed Asperger syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Condition, Social Anxiety or Social Phobia. This service provides informal support with the social and practical aspects of student life during the first Semester at University. For example, navigation around campus and town, joining clubs and societies, etc.

For more information on the Campus Buddy scheme, how to access this support or become a Campus Buddy yourself please see our website.

Social groups

We recognise that for many students, starting at University can be overwhelming as well as exciting. Making friends can be difficult for many reasons and may not occur automatically within accommodation kitchen groups or through the course. Events that may be aimed at increasing the social contact with other students (e.g. Fresher’s week) may not suit all. There are other opportunities to meet other students.

Autism social group

For any student who identifies as having an Autism Spectrum Condition/ Asperger’s (whether formally diagnosed or not) is welcome to attend this social group. It runs fortnightly during the semester and activities regularly include film nights, board games, quiz nights and table-tennis.

Wellbeing social group

The Wellbeing Service organise a social group for students who may be feeling isolated. Students are advised to meet with the Wellbeing Service to establish if the group would be suitable for them or what other options may be available.

Students' Union societies

There are numerous societies that any student is welcome to join. During Welcome Week many societies offer taster sessions to enable you to try a new activity before committing. The societies include a range of arts, departmental course related, ethical and political, faith and cultural or recreational options.

Other ideas

Other ideas to increase your social networks could include options such as: