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Links Round-Up 10.09.10 | Freshers’ Special

Here’s a brief round up of useful links for our new freshers!

Parents’ Guide | Part 6: Arriving at University

So, you’ve got through the seemingly endless paperwork of university applications and student finance forms, you’ve done the rounds of university open days, you’ve experienced the nerve-wracking exam results day and now, quite possibly, feel as if you’ve spent a small fortune on kitting your son or daughter out in preparation for them starting their course. Without so much as a chance to catch your breath, the time’s suddenly here for your son or daughter to take the next step in their life.

Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 6: Arriving at University

Parents’ Guide | Part 5: The Final Checklist

Have you forgotten anything? Here are a few things you should act upon now if you’ve not already completed them:

  • Student finance forms completed?
  • Accommodation application completed?
  • Place confirmed?
  • Course commencement details received?
  • Exam certificates/ results received?
  • Accommodation confirmed?
  • Student bank account?
  • Insurance arranged?
  • TV licence acquired?
  • Basic living items purchased? (If living away from home)
  • Area map?
  • Student travel pass?
  • Money to tide your son or daughter over in case of delays in receiving their financial support?

Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 5: The Final Checklist

Missed the boat for courses in 2008? Why not consider joining a course in early 2009?

If you missed out on joining a university course in the autumn, you may not have been aware that a second bite of the cherry for this academic year may be possible, as a selection of courses offered by universities start in the New Year.

Birmingham City University are offering a range of courses commencing in January 2009, including options at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Subjects include ICT, engineering, computing, management and business. Further information about the specific courses available can be found at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/january/index.html.

In addition, there are a range of courses commencing in January that are available to international students. Information about these can be found at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/students/international/jan_starts.html. International students considering applying for a course should ensure that they do so as soon as possible so that they have sufficient time to expedite any required documentation regarding their student visa and other important paperwork.

Arriving at University

Starting university is an exciting time. Not only will you be embarking on a new course, but you’ll be meeting new people, possibly be living in a new city and adapting to university life – all at once! With so many things going on, here’s just a few essentials for new undergraduate students to think about when joining university.

Food shopping

Amidst all the excitement and upheaval, you’d be surprised the number of students who forget to sort out the essentials – like food! Think about the staple items you’ll need to tide you over for the first week and plan what you’ll need so you don’t have to make several trips to the supermarket. Stick within your budget – if you start out as you mean to go on, you stand a better chance of not running out of money by the end of term. Above all, make sure you eat properly.

Not sure of what to stock up on or stuck for ideas of what to cook? Get some ideas here http://www.studentrecipes.com/ and here http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/news_and_events/events_student1.shtml.

Register with a doctor and dentist

There’s only one thing that’s worse than feeling ill or having a raging toothache, and that’s feeling ill or having toothache and not being registered with a doctor or dentist. Hopefully, you’ll not need to see them too often, but it’s essential that you sign up with them when you arrive. Many universities have practices they have links with, so you should check with them to find out more.

Birmingham City University students can find out more about their local doctors and dentists practices at:

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/studentservices/healthcare/register_doctor.html  

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/studentservices/healthcare/register_dentist.html

Find out more about healthcare services at Birmingham City University here. Continue reading Arriving at University

The Final Checklist

Have you forgotten anything? If you are due to start university this September here are a few things you should act upon now if you’ve not already done so.

Student finance forms completed?
Accommodation application completed?
Place confirmed?
Course commencement details received?
Exam certificates/ results received?
Accommodation confirmed?
Student bank account?
Insurance arranged?
TV licence acquired?
Basic living items purchased? (If living away from home)
Area map?
Student travel pass?
Money to tide you over in case of delays in receiving your student financial support?

If you’re coming to Birmingham City University you may find some of the following contact numbers useful if you need to chase anything up or have any questions:

Birmingham City University:

University switchboard 0121 331 5000
Accommodation services 0121 331 5191 www.bcu.ac.uk/accommodation
Academic Registry: 0121 331 5679
Choices (the course information and guidance centre) 0121 331 5595 choices@bcu.ac.uk
Student Services: 0121 331 5588

Finance:

Student Finance Direct: 0845 607 7577 www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk
NHS Student Grants Unit: 0845 358 6655 www.nhsstudentgrants.co.uk
The Student Calculator: http://www.studentcalculator.org.uk/

Travel:

Birmingham and West Midlands:
Travel West Midlands: http://www.travelwm.co.uk/
Centro: http://www.centro.org.uk/wwwroot/HomePage.asp