So, you’ve just started at the University of Roehampton for your Pathway course. What next? There is a lot happening on campus in the first few weeks and it’s important to make the most of this time. There is lots going on, societies to join and sights to see, so we have put together a brief guide to help you navigate everything Roehampton has to offer.
Clubs and societies
Joining clubs and societies is a fun way to combine something you are passionate about with socialising. The societies come in lots of different categories including:
- Sports teams
- Religious and cultural
- Causal (such as LGBTQ+ or mental health)
- Charities and Fundraising
You can find out more about the different societies on the Student Union website and also on their Facebook page. Can’t find a society you want to join? You can always look into starting your own. Most societies will have events and opportunities to meet members in the first few weeks of the semester.
You should also check the Roehampton Student Union webpage for news about events and what your peers are up to.
See the sights
The University of Roehampton is particularly lucky in terms of location. Not only does it have beautiful grounds and sporting facilities that most London campuses don’t have, it is also close to some lovely attractions. One of these is the famous Richmond Park. You can go for a horse-drawn carriage ride, take a picnic and watch the wild deer or go for a bike ride down to Pen Ponds.
You are also close to Kew Gardens and the London Wetland Centre, as well as the Thames and Wimbledon Common, which are all great spots to visit to help you get to know the area that you’ll be studying in.
Register with a GP
No one wants to think about getting sick but, just in case, it is always wise to register with a doctor while you are in the UK. The university has a free medical centre that you can visit during the semester. Outside of term-time, you can visit Putneymead Group Medical Practice.
There are some restrictions for non-UK residents; if you are not staying in the country for over six months, you will not be entitled to free care from the NHS. If you would like a detailed guide to what to do in this case, follow this link. If you are still unsure, ask for help at Student Services.
Open a bank account
One of the most important things to sort out when you come to study in London is a UK bank account. This will be essential to your stay and will help you manage your finances and safely store your spending money for the duration of your time at university in England.
University may be about learning but it is also about enjoying yourself and getting to know a new environment. So, remember to take the time to make friends and have fun!