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What Next!!

So you’ve got into Loughborough!!… First of all, you deserve a massive congratulation as you have clearly excelled in you’re a-levels – but it’s now time for a new era.

You’ve got your email from UCAS and hopefully your accommodation is all sorted for you to move in at the end of September – so we thought we’d use this Blog post to give you some answers to the few hundred other questions you probably have.

 

“What Happens when I move in?”

The Student accommodation centre will have given you an arrival time – this ensures that everybody doesn’t turn up at the same time and turn Loughborough’s roads into a car park.
When you arrive you’ll be met by an army of Freshers’ Helpers from your hall who are there to make your experience as easy as possible. You don’t have to worry about unloading those heavy bags as they’ll help you find your room and carry things to it.

Upon arrival at your room you’ll have time to unpack, make yourself at home and say those goodbyes to your parents before meeting all of your new flatmates who you’ll be spending the next year with at least.

Everyone will be in the same situation so you’ll make friends more quickly than at any other time of your life and the most important thing to remember is that you will only get this experience once… So make the most of it!

 

“What should I do during Freshers if I don’t like to drink?”

Loughborough strives to put on activities that everyone will enjoy and you shouldn’t feel pressured into drinking if you don’t want to. Every hall will provide alternative freshers activities and the students union also put on alternative events throughout Freshers’ week to ensure you don’t feel out of place. We can hall hope for the return of Raveminton (badminton with a difference) or the roller disco – but you’ll have to wait and see what the Union revel as this year’s activities.

If those don’t float your boat, then the university’s plethora of societies will also be hosting a bounty of activities for you to come and try during your first few weeks so you’ll have plenty to choose from!

 

“What if I need to see a doctor?”

Loughborough University has its own medical centre on campus where you are able to register under the NHS. You will need to register with them as you would with any GP but they will be on hand to assist you should Freshers’ Flu get the better of you. Its best to register before you arrive to save the rush on move in day – the link to their form can be found here:

http://www.lborounimedicalcentre.co.uk/website/C82111/files/Registration%20form%20-%20August%202016.pdf

 

And Lastly… But most importantly “How do I join SCOGUI?”

You’ll have to opportunity to join SCOGUI and any other society through the student union website as soon as the system goes live again for this year. Each and every society will be running taster events for you to go along and try them out with absolutely no obligation. Check out our previous blog post for information about the Societies Bazaar where you’ll be able to see all of the exciting opportunities available to you.

Once again, If you have any questions about student life, courses, halls, or anything about Loughborough, post a comment or get in touch on our Facebook page, or Twitter feed, there will be someone to give you an answer, as we’ve all been through this before!

SCOGUI Blog 2016!

So it’s that time of year again when thousands of students across the country are nervously biting their fingernails and waiting for that envelope next Thursday morning to finally see if those toilsome hours of revision have paid off.

Well if you’re looking at this page then we certainly hope they have paid off as you’re probably hoping to join the Loughborough family!  – Obviously the best community of students and there is certainly no bias here!

When sitting down to write a blog post it is always hard to choose what to talk about for the first one however there is certainly one thing that I can tell you that will hold true wherever your results may take you and that is to get involved in as much as possible! Hear at Loughborough there are well over 100 societies ranging from Gliding to Disney to suit any interest that you may have… and of course there is always SCOGUI!

Societies are a great way to meet new people who aren’t necessarily in your hall or on your course but share a common interest with you and enjoy doing similar things. Run by student committees, each society will make you feel like you have a home away from home – however far away that may be!

Here at Loughborough you’ll be introduced to all of these societies at the Freshers’ Bazaar on the 2nd  October where you’ll be inundated with information, leaflets and invited to the plethora of “give-it-a-go” activities that societies will be running to welcome in prospective members and give you a chance to try things out before joining. You’ll also have the chance to fulfil every student’s purpose in life and get hold of a mountain of freebies before term starts to stock up your supply of biros for the coming year! (If you come and see SCOGUI then we’ll have smores on offer!!!)

Hopefully that has started to whet your appetite for coming to university and you’re not too anxious about next week.

If you’re keen then you’ll be able to find the remains of last year’s SCOGUI blog in these pages which contains lots of useful tips and advice for what the coming weeks may bring and will also give you a taste of things to come as SCOGUI’s fresher’s blog continues over the coming weeks.

To finish off SCOGUI would like to wish everyone the best of luck with their results and if you want to know more about SCOGUI, then browse through the rest of the website. If you have any questions about student life, courses, halls, or anything about Loughborough, post a comment or get in touch on our Facebook page, or Twitter feed, there will be someone to give you an answer, as we’ve all been through this before!

 

How to Make it Your Space

So you may be moving in tomorrow, or later in the week, but you really will be at Loughborough then! Are you excited? I definitely was, and it felt so good to know I was moving into the halls and could then start freshers week, but when faced with my room I felt a little deflated. Blank white walls, pale wood furniture, I was excited to move in, but the room didn’t feel mine.

So how do you make it feel a little more like home (and less plain and boring)? Here’s some ideas!

Bed Sheets

Bed Sheets

You’ve probably already got these, and bright red was my colour of choice, to liven up the room, though patterns or warm colours can help bring aspects of home, or just make the white walls not look as cold.
You will probably spend quite a bit of time in your room over the next year, and most people end up using their beds as impromptu seating, so you can also add some more homey touches with cushions and pillows.

Fairy Lights

Fairy lights

These are not just Christmas decorations when you live away from home. Halls can have harsh lighting, so fairy lights can give off softer, coloured light, perfect for trying to get to sleep or mood lighting.

Photo Wall

Posters and Photos

They can cover vast amounts of bare walls, and make a statement about who you are, perfect! You may not have thought about these, but that’s no worry, because poster sales are a uni speciality. Give it a couple weeks and one will pop up in the Union with a large selection (and they’re all quite cheap!). Photos can be reminders of home, or memories of your first year at uni, and with lots of photo developing companies offering free snaps, such as Snapfish, you can plaster them all over your room relatively cheaply!

DVDs

Books and DVDs

Now in the age of Kindles and Netflix, you may not have any, but it always worth having a few favourite movies on a shelf for movie nights with your flatmates, or a good couple of books for any sleepless (non-uni work filled) nights. You never know you may find you have interests in common with your flatmates though your movie and book choices!

You may have other things that help your room feel more homey, but I hope these can be a starting point when you’re faced with a room that’s a blank canvas to make your own.