It’s your first day in Hull. You’ve waved off your well-wishing parents and checked out your room, but what to do next..?
Campus can seem daunting at first so don’t wait until 9am on your first day of lectures to acquaint yourself with it! Take 30 minutes to look around when you arrive and you’ll save yourself loads of stress later on.
University House (Hull University Union building)
University House is home to the Hull University Union (HUU), where you can buy tickets for events, reserve a locker or visit the Union shop, bars, cafes and Asylum nightclub.
There’s also a Waterstone’s book shop and you can visit the second and third floors for advice about accommodation, your course and your finances. There’s also a careers service who can help with placements and work experience.
Check out the local area
If you’re not from Hull, get out and about around campus. There are loads of shops and cafes within a 10 minute walk. Don’t forget your student card to get discounts and offers!
Not just for the free extras at your local McDonald’s, your student card will become a vital addition to your university life. You’ll need it to –
- access the library and take out books and laptops
- identify yourself at exams
- access laboratories and other specialist facilities
- sign in to lectures
- sign up to events
- use the gym
- access the University nightclub and societies
- use the printers around the campus
People to meet and things to do
You might feel a bit lonely for the first few days. This will soon change as you get to know your housemates and people on your course. Societies are a great way to meet people too so make sure you visit the society fair during WelcomeFest. They cover everything from drama and debates to lacrosse and rugby!
In the first few days you should find out where your departmental office is. They can help you with timetables, absences and any issues you might have. You’ll also meet with your department tutor a few weeks into your course. They can help with any personal problems or issues with your studies. Both your departmental office and your tutor may contact you via your University email so make sure you check it regularly.
Get familiar with the University’s systems
- MyAdmin – an online administrative tool where you can change passwords, find course results and apply for accommodation.
- The Portal – contains University wide information such as exam timetables, previous exam papers and events.
- Ebridge – an interactive platform for your course. This is where your lecturers will put study material, hold interactive exams and tests and post weekly assignments.
- iHull – don’t forget to download this handy app so you can check course timetables, find an available PC on campus and view the Hull Campus Life website!