This is an exciting time for any student - but can come with understandable apprehension, stress, and emotion. Take a look at our tips below on how to keep your mental health in check, and what to do if you feel like you need some extra support
You've got your results, had your place at Swansea confirmed, and the excitement has started to settle (a little bit, anyway). Your thoughts turn to moving out, living by yourself, and meeting new people.
This is an exciting time for any student - but can come with understandable apprehension, stress, and emotion. Take a look at our tips below on how to keep your mental health in check, and what to do if you feel like you need some extra support (most of us do at some point, so try not to worry).
Take some home comforts with you. Your room should be the little haven that you look forward to returning to after a long day of lectures and study!
Do you have a particular cushion or blanket that you like? Bring them along with you. Put up some posters from home, fairy lights, photos and decorations, and make it a welcoming space that you enjoy being in.
The main thing to keep in mind is that everyone is in the same boat! You're all moving out for the first time, and the chances are that none of you will know anyone else, so no matter how nervous you are about moving in, your housemates will be feeling the same.
There are loads of societies and sports teams to get involved in, and this is one of the best ways to meet like-minded people. Take a look at our societies and sports pages and see what's on offer, and sign up during Freshers Week!
If you're feeling social, make use of JCs, our on-campus bar. Weekly karaoke nights, open mic nights, pub quizzes, games nights, and more - guaranteed awesome atmosphere!
Moving to uni is exciting, but can be a very lonely time. Looking after your mental health is very important, and you'll find plenty of support and activities to help support you.
During Freshers and throughout the year, your Students Union arranges day trips from beach walks to IKEA visits. Getting out and about will not only help you meet new friends but can also help lift your mood if you're feeling low.
Your SU has a dedicated Advice and Support Centre that can offer support on a number of issues including mental health concerns. We also have a wonderful Welfare Officer, Abi, as part of our 2023-24 FTO team. Abi is usually on Singleton campus, her office is in the Faraday Building. From Abi:
"Hey there! I'm Abigail, your Welfare Officer. I’m here to ensure that every student feels heard, supported, and ready to make the most of their university experience. Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me because together, we can improve our community and your experience. From organizing events promoting mental well-being to providing resources for personal growth, to running various campaigns, I'm here to ensure you feel right at home. I can't wait to meet you all and be part of your exciting journey!"
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need to - your SU is here to help and we want you to have the best experience at Swansea Uni!