OfS Uni connect programme has hubs which work with local universities and colleges to help young people find a path to higher education which is right for them plus practical advice from careers and finance information to understanding how to apply to university and college.
Starting college and university can be challenging but daunting at the same time. Adjusting to a new way of working and potentially a new home can sometimes be overwhelming. Student unions and welfare teams can help you settle in and you can also visit Student Minds for online tips and support.
Volunteering whilst you are studying at college or university can boosts your university application and CV with potential employers. It can also help you gain valuable experience to help you in your chosen career.
Hall of residence quite often have small gyms with very nominal joining fees and on a student budget walking or cycling to University/college is often a financially better option. Keeping physically active will help boost your immune system, reduce stress and anxiety and can improve sleep. There will be clubs you can join through your uni or college but check out discounts to local clubs.
Your time at college and university should be one of the most enjoyable and exciting times of your life but its always good to have a reminder of how to stay safe. Make yourself familiar with the area, download timetables and reputable taxi numbers. Keep your phone safe with difficult passwords and keep it fully charged when you are out. Stick together on nights out and make others aware of your plans - look at downloading safety apps such as Whatthreewords or the Hollieguard app or visit Suzy Lamplugh Trust - safety for students.