We spoke to the Leeds Beckett Students’ Union Advice Service and here are their top tips that YOU NEED TO KNOW as you start University:
Moving-in to your accommodation:
Ensure that you check there is no damage or disrepair in your accommodation and if there is: report it in writing (an email is fine) to the University Accommodation Service, hall manager or letting agent. Every year we see students who end up having deductions taken from their deposits for failing to report disrepair or damage that was there when they moved in.
There is further useful advice in relation to renting here: http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/private_renting/about_private_renting
Ensure that you download a copy and read through it carefully before starting your course as they contain important information as well as contact details for the staff that are responsible for teaching and administrating your course.
There is a list of Course Handbooks available here: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/course-handbooks.htm
Learn to Reference!
Each year we see large numbers students that unintentionally fall foul of the University very strict Academic Misconduct rules and find their degrees severely affected as a result.
- Download a copy of “Quote Unquote”: http://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/local/Quote_Unquote.pdf
- Read the Little Book of Academic Integrity from cover to cover: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/partners/files/Little_Book_of_Academic_Integrity.pdf
- Attend a University Skills for Learning Session on how to reference correctly: http://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/
- Check-out the University Academic Integrity webpage: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/academic-integrity/
Once you have been informed who your personal tutor is, make sure that you arrange to meet with them as this member of staff will be a valuable source of support throughout your first year.
Don’t buy books…use the library!
The library is well stocked, has helpful and knowledgeable people and is open 24/7! There is more information about the services the library can offer here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/home. Each course also has an academic librarian, who can support you to make the most of the resources that the library has to offer: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/contact_us/library_staff
Getting around Leeds and further afield:
Find out the best way to get around Leeds and beyond:
Set a budget and stick to it!
Surviving on a student income is hard, so the more you can do to ensure that your basic essentials such as rent and weekly groceries are covered, the better. You may need to supplement your income by finding a part-time job and the University’s job-shop can help with this: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/careers.htm
and last but by no means least: Students Unions’ Advice Service!
We offer free confidential, impartial and independent advice on any problem or query, in particular problems with your course, housing or money: http://www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice
We can also point you in the right direction for a range of other services that may be able to help:
Leeds Beckett Student Wellbeing Team: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/student-wellbeing-team/
Leeds Beckett Money Advice and Support: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/money-advice.htm
Leeds Beckett Disability Advice: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/disability-advice/
Leeds Beckett International Student Advice: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/international-student-advice/
Leeds Beckett Careers Advice: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/careers.htm
We’ve put all these links on a Pinterest board for you to follow here: https://uk.pinterest.com/lbsuadviceservi/tips-for-freshers/