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Getting to Know Your University Campus

September 9, 2015

Starting university for the first time can be a terrifying experience; especially if you are studying abroad. A new country, new people and a new way of life will all take some time to get used to. But if you prepare properly and have a positive attitude, this exciting adventure can provide some of the best years of your life.

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To make things easier you should arrive on campus 2-3 weeks before the start of your semester. This will give yourself chance to rest and get used to your surroundings. This will also give you time to sort out important details and changes to your life. Follow our quick guide on what to do when getting to your know university campus and everything should be okay!

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Get Used to Your Surroundings

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Take a slow walk around the whole university campus just to understand the size of the place. Locate where the shops are, where to buy food and where the student union is. Most universities will have a welcome centre or something similar. Here you can find maps, leaflets and all information you may require about your campus.

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Find Your Classrooms

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It’s also a good idea to locate each of your different classrooms. Take a look at your class timetable (if you have one) and spend some time searching for each building and classroom. This way you will not be late or in a hurry when the semester starts. If you have yet to receive a class timetable then you can ask at the welcome centre to be shown to each building – simply tell them what you are studying and someone should be able to help.

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Locate the Library

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The library is of course incredibly important as this is where you will find and borrow most of your reading material. This part of the university campus also offers a place of peace and quiet, somewhere to study and a place to rest in-between lectures.

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Register with GP and Dentist

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Another important starting point is to register with a local doctor (GP) and dentist. Usually the university you are attending will have an associated GP and dentist for you to register with and the welcome centre will provide all the details you need. You should locate both of these places early to ensure you are registered and in safe hands.

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Campus Tours

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Most universities across the world will offer some form of campus tour, allowing you to visit the area and be shown around by an experienced student. You will usually find tours like this during the first week of university and they can be really useful.

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There you have it! This quick and simple list should ensure that your university adventure gets off to the best possible start and that your journey is an enjoyable one. Good luck and have fun!

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