Support at university
Attending visit and open days at universities is an ideal way to find out what kind of facilities they have available. All universities will provide support for their students, but your individual interests and needs might be the deciding factor when coming to choose a university or college.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL SERVICES
Most universities will have doctor surgeries for students to attend, and some universities may have dental services on campus. If you are moving away from home, it is always a good idea to register with a doctor when you arrive at university.
COUNSELLING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE
If you have any personal concerns whilst at university, there are specialist services available for you to use.
Most universities will have a good range of sporting facilities. If you are particularly interested in a certain sport, visiting universities will give you a good idea of what sporting opportunities they provide.
LIBRARIES AND STUDY SUPPORT
Each university will have their own library that students can access, along with a variety of online resources. Universities will also provide a range of study support facilities for their students.
These may include:
- Help and advice on study and essay writing techniques.
- An allocated member of teaching staff that you can contact regarding academic concerns or queries.
- Access to student representatives who raise students’ concerns to your teaching staff as well as the wider university.
Universities welcome students from all religious backgrounds and therefore many will have special facilities on campus such as chaplaincies and prayer rooms. There are always student societies for certain religions too which will enable you to connect with others from your faith and learn more about it. It is always advisable to visit and contact your chosen university to find out what services are available.
The Students’ Union (SU) is a service run by students, for students. Whilst most SU’s will have their own websites, it is always a good idea to visit them on university open days to see exactly what facilities they have to offer. The main purpose of the SU is to provide social activities for the students, giving them a place to socialise with friends and join clubs and societies. SUs may also provide bar and club nights with live music.
Most students’ unions will provide:
- Academic support – receive help and guidance on academic work.
- Housing and accommodation support – advice for students living in halls and in the community.
- Financial support – advice about managing money whilst at university, and guidance if the going gets tough!
JOB AND CAREER ADVICE
- Work whilst you study – If you are interested in getting a part-time job whilst studying at university, your institution might offer help and advice in finding work.
- After university – universities are obliged to help you make the transition from education into work, and are very keen to provide advice, support and information on possible careers and jobs after university. There may also be advice for students who may want to continue with their studies and progress to postgraduate level.