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Make yourself comfy: Moving and settling in

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve landed a place at the University Centre Shrewsbury and you’ve got a little under three weeks until the start of Welcome Week. We hope you’re as excited about it as we are!

We have a whole range of activities planned for your first week, so whether you’re moving into our halls of residence – Mardol House or commuting from home, we want to help you settle in as quickly as possible.

Welcome Week

Your first week of university is Welcome Week, more commonly known as Freshers’ Week. It’s going to be packed full of social events and activities to help you make new friends and memories. It also provides you with the perfect opportunity to explore your academic departments, find your way around and complete your enrolment if you still need to.

Moving in

For those of you that have decided to live in our partnership accommodation, your moving in date is Sunday the 24th of September 2017. You’ll finally get to meet your new house mates and pick up the keys to your new home for the next year.

We know that it’s only natural to feel apprehensive about moving away, and when the day comes, it will be a real mixed bag of emotions. We have blogged about what to bring for the big move already to help make sure you don’t forget anything essential. But we also understand that packing is only a small part of the day, which is why we have a team of dedicated student volunteers, organised by Students’ Union Shrewsbury, to help you unpack the car and move in. We also have an Assistant Residential Tutor, Alicia Carpenter, who will provide a welcoming face. And there’s the dedicated Concierge team who keep the accommodation safe and secure, 24/7.


If you’re still feeling apprehensive about the move, we have some tips that should help you settle in:

1. Be yourself

Don’t feel the need to change to fit in. At university you are free to be whoever you want to be but it’s also important to be accepting of others too. With lots of other students around there will always be someone you have things in common with!

2. Put yourself out there

Don’t hide in your room; go out there and meet new people. Wander the corridors, or head to the kitchen and pop the kettle on. You’re bound to bump into somebody in no time. Chances are they are experiencing the same feelings as you, so you already have a conversation starter! 

3. Explore the local area

Shrewsbury is a hive of activity and there are lots of things for you to discover nearby. Grab your new friends and go and explore.

4. Try something new

University is the time to discover a new hobby and step outside your comfort zone. Head to the Students’ Union Shrewsbury Sports and Societies Fair during Welcome Week to see what’s on offer or look at getting some friends together and starting your own!

5. Take advantage of the services on offer

We have multiple support departments including Student Futures and the Students’ Union. Don’t be afraid to talk to any of them, as they’re on hand to offer information, advice and guidance throughout your time at University.

6. Nerves are normal

It’s okay to feel nervous about coming to university. In fact, if you speak to anybody moving in on the day they’re more than likely to be a little nervous too. Just take it slow, find your feet, and you’ll forget about your worries in no time.


In the meantime

If you have any questions then just get in touch, we are more than happy to help:

E: enquiries@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk    T: 01743 297185