Unlike the majority of students in my class, I have always lived at home and therefore I have missed out on the experience of living in halls. I find that living at home and commuting to university (I get the central line from Shepherds Bush to Mile End in only half an hour!) has been beneficial for me. However, there are a few things I wish I did in first year that can apply to any new student, especially if you live at home or didn’t get a place in halls and live off campus. Here are a few suggestions that I think will benefit you and ease your transition in to Queen Mary:
1. Firstly, don’t miss out on Freshers week! It may feel daunting if you don’t know many people but nearly everyone is in the same situation! I missed out on nearly all the events during Freshers, which I still regret.
2. Join the Geography Society and speak to any second or third years for information or if you want to talk about anything! We’re always here and can introduce you to other students.
3. Join other societies to build up friendships, this also allows you to get to know people outside of the geography department. If you have a hobby or want to try something new there are so many different societies at Queen Mary that you will see during your Freshers week.
4. Get to know people in your lectures and especially your tutorials as you will spend a lot of your first year with them.
5. Download uber- if you’re out with friends and don’t live near the university campus this will come in great use. It is a taxi app that has proven to be very cheap and very easy to use. If you sign up using a friends code you get £10 credit!
6. Be organised! If you don’t live near university make sure you know what books you need to take home or spend an hour in the library before you go home (it saves you on carrying a lot of heavy books!)
7. And finally- and most importantly- follow Springboards on Facebook and twitter to connect with students and find out about what is going on!
I hope these tips will help you!