Support and help is there for you at university!

22 July 2021 | University Advice | Annie Blinkhorn

Support Available at University

Going to university can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re in a new place, being asked to study in a different way amongst a new group of people. Whilst you’re preparing to start your university journey, it can be beneficial to understand what support is available throughout your degree.

One of the biggest differences between home life and university life is the independence you gain. You may be managing money on a bigger scale for the first time, and there are lots of ways universities can help you tackle this. Many places will offer scholarships, which are sums of money you don’t have to pay back. These can help to financially support your studies, a musical hobby or a sport. At Swansea University, we offer academic scholarships of £3000 to students who achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent), and £2000 for AAB grades. Student Finance will also base your loan amount on your household income to make sure you are supported appropriately, and your university may offer additional bursaries and hardship funds for specific circumstances. A great tip is to work out a weekly budget and stick to it. Calculating your income and comparing it to your outgoings will help you understand how much disposable income you have available.

Another important part of your university experience is managing your mental health. Not only will you be organising yourself for the first time, you’ll also be looking after yourself. There is a range of support at university to help with this, from health services on or around campuses, to wellbeing teams and specific support for international students. Getting involved with societies or volunteering can also be a great way to meet people whilst you’re away from home. Swansea University provides wellbeing programmes for students throughout the year, including yoga, dog-petting and massage sessions during exam season. We are also partnered with the TogetherAll app which provides 24/7 support from trained clinicians for all students. CBT-based Stress Control courses are also available, alongside The Listening Service run by our Chaplaincy.

If you are applying to university and require support for a disability, it can be crucial to research the services available from your institution beforehand. Most universities will have dedicated teams who can discuss the specific assistance available in regards to course delivery, assessment methods and accommodation options. At Swansea, we have teams dedicated to mental health support and Autism Spectrum Conditions, amongst other tailored support for all student needs. Applying for the Disabled Students Allowance can also help to cover any extra study costs related to your condition, and you don’t need a confirmed university place to apply for this. For more information, visit this comprehensive guide from Disability Rights UK.

Whatever your circumstances, studying at university can be a great opportunity to explore your potential in a supported environment. Contact your chosen university before applying to find out how they can help you.

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