- Not settling in- When you first arrive at university it can be quite daunting. Often it’s your first time away from home, it may be a new city, a new country and it’s a whole new education environment. You may be struggling with things like homesickness, difficulty adjusting to university life, difficulty with the academic changes, difficulty making friends, etc.. The University webpage on Homesickness gives you tips on dealing with homesickness, adjusting to life here and making friends. It is also worth looking at societies, activities, sport, and volunteering you could get involved in with Student Union to help you settle in and make the most of and enjoy your University experience.
- Course not going well – talk to your personal tutor if you are unhappy with your choice of course, are struggling with your course, or just feel you aren’t coping. If you are finding it hard to adjust academically, you may find the following support services useful; 301 Study Skills, and Writing Advisory Service.
- Want a job, not a degree - talk to the Careers Service for advice about what you might do instead of studying for a degree.
- Personal problems – it can be really difficult balancing university with personal problems, but not impossible. Support is available to help you cope – your personal tutor, Student Advice Centre and Counselling Service are good places to start.
- Money problems – unfortunately debt is a fact of life for most students. There is help and advice available that might enable you to stay at university. You may find the following webpages useful:
If you are experiencing unexpected financial hardship during your time at university you can also make an application to the University Financial Support Scheme.
- Health or disability problems – talk to your doctor and personal tutor if ill-health or disability is interfering with your course. There may be options that enable you to remain at university. The University can provide support to students who have an illness or disability, so it is worth finding out what help is available to you by contacting the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service.
- Things not going right- Find out more about leaving university, or alternatively come and speak to an adviser at the Advice and Support.