Starting university is an exciting event, with lots of opportunities to take advantage of – this can be quite daunting.  We’re getting everything arranged to help our freshers settle in to university life. If you do have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on +44 (0)116 257 7595 or|

Before your undergraduate studies begin it is important for you to be prepared so that you are able to make the most out of your time at university. We have put together some tips for new students| to give you a helping hand.

Once your place at DMU has been confirmed it is important for you to arrange accommodation, finance, equipment you may need for your studies and all the other personal items that will help make your time at DMU a comfortable, and enjoyable one.

We have also produced a pre-enrolment guide| for you to read ahead of the beginning of your time at DMU. 

Preparing for study

You may find it challenging coming to university from College or Sixth Form. It can be particularly daunting for anyone who has not been in formal education for sometime.

There is much more of an emphasis on independent study, time management skills and actively seeking support where needed.

At DMU we have a Transitions Team who are here to help. There is extensive academic and personal support available to help you get the most out of your time at DMU.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7595

Before you arrive

Before you arrive at DMU it is important that you have:

  • Confirmed your place through UCAS Track and replied to any paperwork you have received from DMU
  • Confirmed your student finance package with Student Finance England
  • Applied for a student bank account with an overdraft facility
  • Researched into travel options ie parking permits and rail/bus cards
  • Read any paperwork DMU has sent you

Equipment matters

Before starting your studies you can prepare by making sure you have the correct study materials, such as:

  • Reading material for the first term
  • Pens, paper, folder etc
  • Laptop/computer
  • External hard drives/USB memory stick/printer and cartridges etc
  • Specialist course equipment if needed

When you arrive

When you arrive at DMU you will need to bring the following documentation:

  • DMU paperwork/offer letter
  • Student Finance paperwork/method of payment for tuition fees if applicable
  • Bank details
  • Passport sized photos
  • Form of official ID for enrolment
  • Confirmation of their place in Halls/private rented accommodation if moving away
  • Medical card/details of new doctor

Settling in

It looks as if absolutely everyone is having a great time. Lots of individuals worry that they are the only one taking more time to find their own way. In fact, we know that:

  • Up to 40 per cent of students feel somewhat or very homesick during Welcome Week
  • Many new students feel isolated and worry that everyone else is settling in better than them
  • Celebrating arrival in large crowds is not to everyone’s taste
  • Large events often don't give an opportunity for real communication and contact  
  • Lots of people feel more comfortable in smaller groups  
  • Lots of people stay in their rooms because they find the crowds not to their taste
  • Starting university anywhere is like moving to a foreign country. The impact of the culture shock involved is often underestimated. It doesn't hit everyone at the beginning. Some people find the period just after the Christmas break difficult; others experience a low period much nearer the beginning of their time here  
  • Despite the stereotype, one in five students do not drink any alcohol. Don't allow people to pressure you into drinking or drinking more if you don't want to

Moving away?

If you are moving away from home you may wish to prepare a list of items you may need during your time at DMU. 

Before buying all the things on this list it is advisable to check what’s already provided in your accommodation. Also it might be worth holding off on some items as you may wish to purchase them with members of the household.

See our list of recommended items| that you may wish to bring with you, although this is by no means exhaustive.



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