• USW is the perfect place to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new, so why not take up a brand new sport, join a society or perform at an open mic night, you never know what doors it could open.

  • Volunteer to be a Course Rep at the start of term or stand to become a Student Voice Rep (SVR) in the SU Elections, you’ll get training that’ll look great on your CV, and there’s a bursary of up to £500 available for SVR positions.

  • Get chatting to people on your course on the official Facebook group.

  • Attend Freshers' Fair on Tuesday 17th September. The Freshers’ Fair is for everyone at USW, it’s the biggest event during Freshers – you can expect to meet all our Teams, Clubs and Societies and receive a bunch of freebies (such as pizza), goodie bags and enough pens to last your entire student life and beyond.

  • Represent students on our Student Council. We have a variety of positions still available. By-election nominations close on Friday 4 September.



Now, this is the hard one. With all the fantastic events taking place during the first term, sticking to a budget can be difficult.

The best thing to do is to plan your spending every week and to keep a little bit aside as a contingency.  Do your best to stick to your budget, otherwise, you'll end up living off noodles for the rest of the term (and nobody wants that).




  • Starting uni brings a whole range of crazy emotions and new experiences. Try to relax, and take time to chill out if you need to.

  • Don’t feel like you have to go to everything everyone else is doing. Do Freshers' your own way.

  • It’s normal (and totally okay) to feel homesick or nervous. It might look like everyone is having an amazing time, but remember a lot of people are in the same boat, so talk to friends and family about how you’re feeling.

  • It’s fine to feel worried, but if things are getting a bit too much for you please ask for help. You can chat to Shannon your Welfare Officer, the Advice Zone, or the Campus Life Coordinators (if you live in halls).



  • Complete your online enrolment with USW. Find more information here

  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@uswsu).

  • Download your free copy of Microsoft Office. It's free for all USW students, and you can download yours as soon as you've completed your enrolment.

  • Don't wait until you're unwell - register with the University's Health Service when you arrive. Bring your past vaccine history, your GP information, and your NHS number.

  • Check your vaccinations. The NHS recommends that new students get the vaccine to protect against meningitis and septicaemia before leaving for Uni - they're free from your GP.

  • Take advantage of everything the Students' Union has to offer. You can join Clubs or Societies and attend events!

  • Get your TOTUM card (powered by NUS Extra) to get over 200 discounts on everything from university supplies to fashion. All Students who purchase a card will also have the benefit of it also being an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), the only internationally accepted proof of student status. You can buy a card here.