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Getting Settled

Starting university can be an exciting time.  But the transition to university life can also be a stressful one for many students.  It can generate worries about fitting-in, making friends and meeting academic demands.  While these worries can quickly disappear as you adapt to your new environment, it can make starting university a stressful time.

If you are feeling worried, remember that many other students will be feeling the same way, even though you may assume that they’re doing fine.  Give yourself time to adjust: you don’t have to get everything right straight away.

You can find below some useful information and links to help you settle into university life, make friends, and get involved. 


It’s not uncommon for students to experience homesickness as they begin university.   You can find out more about homesickness, and some useful self-help tips to manage these feelings here.

You can also contact the Counselling and Mental Health Support Team.  We offer free and confidential support for a wide range of issues, including homesickness.  To access support, just complete our short online registration form, which you can find here.

Counselling and Mental Health Support also run a series workshops on issues such as social confidence, stress and worry.  The workshops offer great practical tips and advice on a range of common student issues.  You can find out more about these workshops here.  

If you have any questions, if you are a current student at Northumbria, please contact us through your Portal here, for prospective or alumni students please email


Societies and volunteering

Societies and volunteering are a great way to meet new people.  And there are so many volunteer opportunities, activities and societies at university that you should be able to find something that you like.  

Northumbria Students' Union has over 100 societie and, if you can't find something you like, why not set one up of your own? You can find the list of societies here.

NSU/Community has an array of volunteering opportunities including Animal Shelter, Hospital Arts and Ouseburn Farm – you can check all these out here.


There are loads of different sports that you can get involved in.  Whether you'd like to join a team or just try something new, Northumbria has some amazing sports facilities available.  Head over to Sport Central to find out more!

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Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

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Virtual Tour

Get an insight into life at Northumbria at the click of a button! Come and explore our videos and 360 panoramas to immerse yourself in our campuses and get a feel for what it is like studying here using our interactive virtual tour.

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