When you are waiting to start your course follow these tips to get a head start to your University life.
Pre-arrival communication - Keep an eye out for pre-arrival emails from Swansea University. They contain lots of useful information that you need to know as well as events for you to sign up to either before or after term starts. Plan to attend the Arrivals Marquee on the weekend before Fresher’s week if you can. Here, you can meet representatives from your college, as well as other University services including CampusLife.
Transport - As a mature student, you are more likely to also be commuting to University. If you are planning to commute by car, be prepared to have difficulty parking. Due to the increasing size of the student and staff population, the University does not offer students parking as standard. Students are not able to park on Campus in Singleton University and you may need to look into Pay and Display car parks nearby or Park and Ride. For information on bus times, routes and to get your student bus pass or train card, go to the Travel Shop on Singleton Campus in Fulton House. To find out more, check out the useful links below.
Induction Week - Make sure that you receive your Induction timetable from your college. There will usually be introductory lectures from your department and support services during the week before lectures start. Attend these if you can, not only is it usually useful information, it’s also a chance to meet your course mates and make friends.
Fresher’s Fair - The Student Union organise the Fresher’s Fair each year on both campuses. It’s a chance for you to find out about all the sports clubs and societies available for you to join. There is something for everyone and it is open to all – don’t be put off by being a mature student, you will have experience that would be an asset to any club or society!
Fresher’s Week events - These are for ALL students. The parties and balls may not be your scene but if you fancy joining in, go for it! The Student Union is your student union just as much as it is for younger students. You also have a part-time Student Union Mature Students Officer who is there to be your voice. Think something is missing or have a good idea? Let your Officer know and get your voice heard.
Get your bearings - Pick up a campus map from a College or University reception and go and explore. Sometimes it can feel like parts of the campus are off limits to you or are too intimidating to enter. Facilities are for your use as a Swansea University student and you should take advantage of what is on offer for you. Go and find all the cafes, shops and bars and make sure you always know the nearest place to grab a coffee with your course mates. Go and explore the library. Ask the help desk staff if there are any library inductions running and get the low-down from a subject librarian on where your books can be found.
GP - If you aren’t registered with a local GP, you can register with the Student Health Centre in Penmaen House Singleton Campus or the SA1 Health Centre near the Bay Campus. See the link below for more information.