I’m worried about living at home with my family whilst studying, is there anything I can do to prepare?
Before starting Uni, have a chat with other people who live in your household about what your expectations are for being a student at a university rather than in college or in work. Try to make sure you can find a quiet space in your house for study and see if you can decorate the space in a way which makes it easier for you to focus. Share what you’re up to with your degree with the members of your household to make them aware of busy periods around exams and coursework where you might not be at home very often.
I’m worried about coming home late from Uni or a night out on my own. What can I do to feel safe, are there any tips?
Make sure you plan your way home in advance so you know a convenient and safe route back. Check the times of the last trains, buses and trams back to your local area. You could always try to make friends with someone who lives on campus to see if they can help so you can stay overnight and make your way back to your home the next morning when it’s light. For Pangaea, a group of living at home students grouped together and stayed in a local youth hostel overnight and travelled back to their home the next day. If you would like any more information and support about this, please get in touch.
The local police force has some tips for staying safe on public transport such as:
Plan your journey so you reduce the amount of time spent waiting at bus-stops
Choose a seat in the busy area of the bus, tram or train or sit close to the bus driver
Be aware of the people around you, where they are sitting or standing and if you feel threatened, tell the bus driver or train/tram guard
When using taxis, always sit in the back and use reputable companies and check for the ID badge of the driver
The Students’ Union also runs a Safe Taxi Scheme, which means that you can get home, even if you haven't got any money. Please click here for more information.
I have a 09:00 lecture and I’m worried about commuting. Is there anything I can do to make it easier?
Early starts can always be difficult, especially if you’re commuting in from Greater Manchester and beyond. If you’re using public transport, make a journey plan before you start with at least one contingency route to use. GMPTE provide a route planner online here. If travelling to Uni is really becoming an issue, you could set up a buddying or car-sharing scheme with other students who live in your local area. If you’d like to discuss this further, please get in touch. Additionally, you can also talk to your Student Rep who can talk to University staff on your behalf to reduce the amount of early starts or to request if placements could be located closer to your home.
If you’re travelling to University by car, take a look at the list of public car parks close to the University. They can be found at:
Booth Street East (near the Aquatics Centre)
Dover Street (after 16:00)
Dilworth Street (after 16:00)
More private car parking can also be found further up Oxford Road on the site of the old BBC building or in the National Car Park located on Oxford Road.
There are lots of lectures and seminars spread across the whole week and with travelling, I’m really tired and stressed. Who should I speak to about this?
Support staff or Student Experience managers based in your School will be able to provide some advice and guidance about your concerns and will be able to speak to your academic advisor on your behalf about what support you need whilst studying. You could also book yourself onto a My Learning Essentials course to discover how you study and how to manage stress effectively. More information about the courses available can be found online here.
It’s important to look after your mental health and personal wellbeing whilst at University. You can visit our Advice Service based in the Students’ Union who can provide tailored support on a range of academic, personal or financial issues. You could also arrange to visit the Counselling Service who can support you to access help for issues affecting your work, self-esteem, relationships and mental health. They provide both 121 and group sessions, more info can be found online here.
I want to meet other students who live at home and students with similar interests to me. Are they any forums or groups I can go to?
There’s the Living at Home Students Society, who organise events and activities across the city for living at home students as a chance to meet up. You’ll be able to meet with them at Welcome Fair or join them on Facebook. Also during Welcome Week, there will be a dedicated space for living at home students called Home Away from Home in the Students’ Union Outhouse. You’ll be able to meet other living at home students, develop a sense of community and relax with free tea, coffee, cake and taxi vouchers!
You can also join in lots of different activities to meet with students who have a similar interest to you. At Manchester, there are over 450 student societies covering sports, media, campaigns, academic, faith, cultural and activities. Additionally, volunteering happens every day of the week with over 11,000 hours contributed by volunteers to the local community each year. If fundraising is more your thing, you can get involved with RAG by taking part in their activities or even running to be a member of their committee. There are lots of active campaigning groups you can get involved covering funding for nurses and midwives, Save our NHS and Stop TTIP. The Students’ Union is a student-led organisation, so if there is a society you want to join that isn’t listed, or a campaign you want to run, please get in touch!