Universities offer a wide variety of support to students, from financial to wellbeing. Some of the support available is covered below and you can get in touch with the universities you are interested in studying with to find out exactly what they can offer you!
As each university offers different support, it’s important when you are considering where to study to look at the support services that university has available. Even if you don’t think you will ever use the services, it’s a good idea to know what is available to you if your circumstances ever change.
Student Support Services
All universities offer student support, with different approaches and offers available at every institution. Support usually ranges from help if your financial situation changes suddenly, to assistance with deadlines, to support with unexpected illness or bereavements, as well as typical counselling services and drop-in services for mental health support. Our partner institutions offer counselling services and extensive resources and workshops designed to help you look after your mental health while at university and to support you through your studies.
Bursaries and Funding
As well as counselling and support services, there is extensive financial support available on top of the Student Loan that you are entitled to. Every university has different scholarships and bursaries available so make sure you apply for any you are eligible for. Bursaries may be available dependent on your household income or personal circumstances and can change often. They sometimes have to be applied for, so check the institutions you are interested in applying to for what they offer and the requirements they have as all will have different eligibility requirements. When you choose your firm and insurance choices in particular, look into what funding you might be eligible for and ensure you apply before the deadlines!
Making the Transition
There can be a big difference between studying at Further Education and Higher Education level. Moving from a Further Education setting, usually College or Sixth Form, to University can mean moving away from an area for the first time to somewhere different or living independently for the first time. Although it might seem daunting, there are lots of things you can do to help prepare for this transition and when you arrive to help you settle in. You can contact your chosen university if you need any questions answered before you start or need some support with the transition process. Many universities will also offer tours and open days once you have made them your Firm choice to study there, allowing you to ask any questions and learn your way around a little before you start. There are often also study skill sessions available to help you with the academic difference between Further Education and Higher Education. If you are moving to a university where you don’t know anyone or just want to meet some new people, look to join societies that you are interested in to meet people with similar interests and make new friends!