Useful websites and tips
Top Tips for starting university
Take a deep breath and try not to worry too much. Remember, everyone is in the same position as you, coming to a new city and starting somewhere they don’t know anyone. Just relax and be yourself and you will start to make new friends and feel at home.
Be open minded
University is a great place to explore different things you may not have had the opportunity to do before, like joining a sports club or a society. You may find something that you love to do and turn it into your new passion – be open minded with what’s available to you.
Make the most of welcome week and freshers fair, it’s a great opportunity to meet other students on your course and those that you may not have any classes with. ARU College and ARU have numerous events going on throughout welcome week and throughout your whole time with us, there will always be something to get involved with. Make sure you keep an eye on what the Student’s Union are doing.
University isn’t just about turning up to lectures and passing all your exams, it’s also about the social experience, making life-long friends and making memories. Take full advantage of being a student and enjoy yourself – both in your lectures and outside.
Preparing for your studies
- Prepare for Success – prepareforsuccess.org.uk
- UKCISA Information Sheets – ukcisa.org.uk
- British Council – Living in the UK website – educationuk.org
- Student Budget Calculator – ucas.com/budget-calculator
- ARU – www.aru.ac.uk
- Health Surcharge Information – www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/overview
Things to do in Cambridge
- Cambridge Junction – Cambridge Junction
- Cambridge Corn Exchange – What’s on | Cambridge Live
- Cambridge Leisure Park – Cambridge Leisure | Cambridge Leisure
- Punting – Punting in Cambridge
Things to do in Chelmsford
- Chelmsford Museum – Chelmsford Museum
- Chelmsford Ice Rink – Ice skating | Riverside Leisure Centre
- Chelmsford City Events – Chelmsford City Events – Chelmsford City Council