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Health and Wellbeing

Making the transition to university

By Adrian 24 Aug 2019

Going to university is often talked about as one of the best times of your life. And often, that's true; but it's not necessarily an easy transition from the life you've been living "at home" to becoming a university student. Here is a collection of a few resources that will help you to plan, prepare for, and navigate some of the possible challenges of student life.

Free online resources

  • Know Before You Go
    studentminds.org.uk/knowbeforeyougo.html 
    This life skills resource helps you to anticipate, identify and navigate situations you will encounter when entering higher education. It contains information on many topics including paying bills, study skills, housemate issues, identity questions and embedded throughout is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed.

Books

More help

If you're staying in our Intercollegiate Halls, your Warden and their team of Resident Advisors are available to talk through any issues or difficulties you might encounter in any area of life: home, hall, college, friends, relationships, family, finance, study, health, or anything else. You can contact them by asking at the reception desk in your hall.

Your college will asign you a personal tutor. You can talk to them about any worries or challenges - especially academic or study-related concerns, but they're also able to talk through more personal matters.

You college will also have a student support team, including advisors, counsellors, and therapists. Search for "student support" or "wellbeing" on your college website or intranet for information about how to contact them. Most students' unions also have a welfare officer.

Finally, we strongly recommend that you register with a GP doctor near where you're staying in London, as soon as possible after your arrive. Your college may have its own medical service, or you can search for a GP using your postcode at nhs.uk/service-search. 

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Adrian is a medical doctor and a Member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine; Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at the University of London; and Warden of Connaught Hall. He is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and a trainer for Student Minds. Adrian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA); a Member of the Association of University Administrators; and an Associate Member of the Academy of Medical Educators. He is passionate about advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion. Adrian's interests include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and insight meditation, medical education, social psychology, and human factors / crisis resource management.
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