Date published: September 24, 2015
Settle into your life at Salford
Now #Salfordwelcome has finished, this is a good time to start thinking about how you can settle into your life at Salford.
Moving to University means that you automatically no longer have your home comforts, your usual support networks and friends, so settling in can seem hard at first.
It's completely normal to feel homesick, and although you're probably thinking that you're the only person feeling this way, that's not true - homesickness affects lots of people, even those who look like they're having the most awesome time.
Based in University House, our 'Wellbeing Team' offer a free and confidential service to help you with personal and academic issues. The 'Wellbeing Team' would like to give you their top tips on how to settle into your life at Salford. Read them below:
Our main tip would be to not overwhelm yourself with worries about settling in, or worries about achieving perfectionism in your academic work - when the dust settles things actually become a lot more manageable.
You should also try and make your room your own. While you won't be able to have all of your home comforts, it's still a good idea to have some pictures of your family or college friends dotted around your new room. This is your personal space, so make it yours.
This one might sound obvious, but it is a good idea to get to know your new area. Whether that's the nearest shop, supermarket or a cafe, it will give you a boost if you know where to go. On another note, you should also try and settle into life in your area. One way of doing this is to register with your medical centre - this will help you settle in and more importantly, keep you fit and healthy. It’s a very quick and easy process – all you need to do is visit the third floor of the Maxwell building and our staff will help you sign up.
If you’re finding it harder to settle in than you expected, there are services to help you. We (the Wellbeing Team) are here to help you with any worries, and offer some more advice on how to settle into your life at Salford. To book an appointment with us call 0161 295 7008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also services outside of our Wellbeing Team, such as the weekly Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Group - these are held every Wednesday from 5pm - 6pm in University House Boardroom 1 and offer an informative and supportive environment, where you can see friendly faces, socialise and be supported by your peers.
The Students' Union are also offering you the opportunity to become a 'Rep' for your residence. Each of the 12 University accommodation blocks will have one Rep who will encourage participation in campus activities, help signpost or refer students to relevant support services and to offer a friendly ear.
You could become a rep, or simply keep your eye out for them if you're interested in the services they offer.