Coming through clearing can be a stressful process, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you through it, from the moment you get your place to when you arrive on campus.
So, you’ve made it through the clearing process, the first step on your agenda should be to make a cup of tea, sit down and breathe! There’s still plenty to think about but take a well-earned break and make time to re-focus.
First things first, keep calm and carry on.
Staying calm is the best thing you can do. Although it’s easier said than done, keeping a level head will help make the next steps in the process much more relaxed and easier to deal with, even if it feels a bit overwhelming at times.
Where are you going to live?
Sorting out accommodation should be your first priority as ARU on campus housing is allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis and there is likely to be limited availability at this stage.
Get on the accommodation page of the ARU website or call the accommodation office to find out which options are available as soon as possible.
What if there are no on campus options left that suit me?
Don’t panic, the accommodation office will be able to put you in touch with the house-hunting team which helps students find housing options off campus, they’ll even be able to help team you up with other students.
As the Scouts say, ‘Be prepared’ (for Freshers’!)
Nothing will make you feel more at home than getting involved. Download the ARU Students’ Union app for free to find out what’s on, when and where, plus all the societies you can sign up for. Buying a Freshers’ wrist band is also a good shout, giving you access to all the biggest Freshers’ week events and the chance to make the friends that make student life unforgettable.
Pack your bags
Once you’ve secured your place, got accommodation sorted and have everything you need for an awesome start to Freshers’, you can start packing!
Find some hardy cardboard boxes to pack your worldly goods in, make sure you reinforce the bottoms with plenty of brown tape, they’ll get heavy quickly and you don’t want all your stuff falling out!
Once you’ve packed, go through everything again and decide if you really need it! Many of us have a tendency to over pack and you really don’t want to have to carry more stuff than necessary, especially if you’ll have a long journey to your new home or will be using public transport along the way.
Once that’s done, all that remains is to make the journey to ARU! We’re really excited to meet you!