Student Life Plymouth University Presentation 2012
STUDENT LIFEDan Wilde and Danny Shelton
Todays talk• What to expect when you arrive• Accommodation• Essential things to take• Fresher’s week• Students Union• Student spending
Arriving atuniversity• Everyone is in the same boat• Different teaching methods – fieldwork, lectures, seminars• Assessments and deadlines• Independent study• Time management• Healthy work/life balance
A day in the life…08.00 – 09.00 Get ready for university09.00 – 12.00 Fieldtrip12.00 – 13.00 Lunch & watch daytime TV13.00 – 14.00 Lecture14.00 – 15.00 Food shopping with flat mates15.00 – 16.00 Go to the library16.00 – 17.00 Lecture17.00 – 19.00 Diving - Coxside19.00 – 20.00 Dinner20.00 – 21.00 Go to the library and get lecture notes and check emails21.00 – 22.00 Go out to a comedy night22.00 – … Get back home and go to sleep!
Types of studentaccommodation• Live at home• Halls of Residence• Cluster flats• Shared house
Typical weekly prices of studentaccommodationAccommodation Halls of Residence Shared House Cluster flatstypeWeekly price Standard room: £65 – £85 Standard room: £81 – £92 (doesn’t necessarily £97 En suite room: include bills) En suite room: £110 – £118 £108 Studio flat: Studio flat: £133 £129Positives • On or close to • More space for Same as Halls of campus less money Residence • Lots of students • Car parkingNegatives • Expensive • Not all bills are Same as Halls of • Small rooms included in rent Residence • Neighbours that complain about noise
Moving out of home• Everyone makes friends!• New house mates• Annoyances!• Cooking for yourself• Some properties include bills and some don’t – you need to check before you sign agreements• Washing your own clothes• Feeling homesick
Student safety• Security staff on campus• Secure halls• Be sensible – don’t walk around on your own at night• Get contents insurance
Freshers’ Week• Go to the Freshers’ fair and sign up to new clubs• Induction to your course• Pick up your NUS card• Sign up with the medical centre• Go to all the themed nights – fancy dress is a must!• Pick up all the freebies
Get involved withthe Students Union• The SU is the hub of the university• It’s more than a bar and nightclub• A place for advice, to relax and organise events – e.g. climate change march in London.• Lots of things to try – live music, beer festival, comedy nights and many more…
Clubs and Societies• Over 100 sports and societies to choose from• Societies reflect the diversity of student’s interests – music, debating, dance etc.• If there isn’t one that you like – start your own one up with 20 friends.
Student health andwellbeing• Academic personal tutor• Medical centre• Free dental treatment• Councillors• Multi faith chaplaincy• Labplus for science and engineering students• SUM:UP in the library• Disability Assist• Security staff on campus 24 hours a day
What will I spendmy money on?• Accommodation• Bills (electric, internet, water)• Travel• Food/toiletries• Clothes• Mobile/landline• TV and TV licence• Books and stationery• Photocopying/printing• Clubs and societies• Social life• Plus many more…
How much do students spend?Item Weekly spendRent (inc. bills) £Mobile £Clothes £Food/toiletries £Books/stationery £Travel £Clubs/societies £Social life £WEEKLY TOTAL £
How much do students spend?Item Weekly spendRent (inc. bills) £102.50Mobile £5Clothes £15Food/toiletries £35Books/stationery £5Travel £7Clubs/societies £5Social life £30++WEEKLY TOTAL £204.50
Before getting touniversity• Apply for funding in plenty of time• Do a budget planner• Ensure you have enough money on arrival – recommended £250• Bank account/online banking• Check out student bank deals• Learn to food shop• Save any money you can now!
Student Case Study – Lindsey Cooper How easy is it to make friends? “I was so shy when I came toUniversity and had struggled making friends at college but I was amazedhow many friends I made during firstyear (and are still making!). Ask any students and they’ll tell you that people you meet at Universitybecome an extension to your family”. Did you miss home? “I sometimes miss home and it’s Do you share the cooking with perfectly normal to miss home when housemates? you first move away. There are somany things to distract you when you “We cooked together a lot during the get to University, you soon forget first year, it meant that we werethat you were missing home. When a guaranteed at least one decent meal visit my parents now – I get each week! If you’re splitting the cost Plymouth sick!” between you it works out so much cheaper to cook for a group and really isn’t that much effort”
Summary• Don’t forget to apply for funding in plenty of time• Enjoy the new experience – don’t stay in!• Avoid missing lectures because you had a “late night”• Don’t get Freshers flu• Be sensible with your money• Keep healthy.
Are you ready tobe a student?All stand up! Sit down if youhave never…•Slept in past midday•Borrowed money•Eaten food past its use by date•Stayed awake for over 24 hours•Stayed in your pyjamas all day•Put a traffic cone on your head
Congratulations! You are well on your wayto becoming a student!