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Top Tips for your first two weeks at University

Try to attend as much as possible

Staff at the University work hard to plan a range of events and activities for new students to ensure you have the best possible welcome to university life. Keep up to date on all the events on this website and make sure you take part. We hope to run a number of taster day in August and early September, so come back soon and see whats on offer.

Go on the tours of campus

Make sure you go on the free tours of campus provided by the Welcome and Induction Student Guides. They will show you around all the important areas of campus, from the Students' Union, Library, Student Guidance Centre and more!

Strike up a conversation with another student

Although it might be scary meeting so many new people in such a short space of time, the chances are the other new students are as nervous as you. Starting a chat with another student is a great way to break the ice and make new friends, and they will also be grateful for someone friendly to talk to.  Look out for our speed friending events - they are a great way to meet other students! 

Attend your School induction

It is important to attend all the school events listed in your School induction timetable. Not only is it a great opportunity to meet other new students, it will also provide you with a chance to meet key staff within the School, and from other University Services that provide you with all kinds of support. Information, ranging from to where your lectures will be and what to do during various stages in your degree will be made available to you. These are handy to give you an overview of your course and what to expect! 

Join a club or society at the Fresher's Fair

Whether you’re a fitness freak or a couch potato there is a club for everyone at Queen’s! This is a great way to meet new, like-minded people. Why not try your hand at trampolining or amateur dramatics. The Fresher's Fair is normally held the Wednesday following Welcome Week, but check back for more information.

Visit the Student Guidance Centre 

During Welcome and Induction our staff and student guides will be available to answer any queries you have or sign post you in the right direction. The Student Guidance Centre has a number of support services available to you throughout your time at Queen's. Come visit our RAW (Resilience And Well-being) space on Level 1 where we have a wide range of information and a stress-free zone with colouring books and Playdoh when you just need some zen time.

Chat to a Student Guide

These friendly faces are employed by Queen’s every year to make sure you get the most out of Welcome and Induction. They can help you with different aspects of university life, and share their Queen's experience with you. They will also be able to tell you about the many events on during Welcome and Induction. 

Go on the Library Tour

This is an important one: around £50 million was spent on the new McClay library to make it a state of the art facility; unfortunately it is a state of the art facility that many students don’t know how to use! The reference system used in the library can be quite complicated, so it’s best to go on the tour and find out how it works. The Information Technology Sessions are also very important as they will show you how to work Queen’s Online which is your portal for everything from timetables to exam results.

Have Fun! 

Your first two weeks at Queen's are likely to be some of the busiest weeks of your life, but it will also be one of the best if you follow these tips. There are many great opportunities to meet new friends and to socialise so make the most of it!