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How are you feeling about going to uni? Excited? A bit nervous? If so, don't worry. The run-up to starting university can be a mixed bag of emotions for many people. But we'd like to reassure you that we're here to support you and make your journey to York as smooth as possible.

To help you prepare, we asked our students to share their tips for things to do over the summer, advice about settling in and making friends, and some of their favourite student-friendly recipes

Things to do over the summer

Sociology student Charlotte shares useful tips about how to pack for university sustainably.

Medical student Sanjalee talks about learning to cook, preparing to pack, and reminds international students about their passport and visa.

Film and Television student Stefan recommends that you have a go at some reading for your course and try to connect with other students before you arrive.

Getting ready to study

Biology student Zoe talks about her experience of adapting to independent study at university and gives some study tips.

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Student recipes

For many students, going to university is their first taste of independent living. If you're starting uni with little or no cooking experience, we've got you covered. We asked some of our current students for their favourite recipes, cooking tips, and food shopping highlights. Why not practice some of the recipes at home over the summer?

Anaïs shares three easy recipes to share with your friends - the pancakes look delicious! Daisy, who has different dietary requirements, shows you what she cooks and eats during a typical week at uni. Plus, Sammie, talks you through two quick and easy recipes - a tuna wrap, and a tofu stir-fry.

Settling in and making friends

During your first few weeks, current 2nd and 3rd Year students will help you move in, get you settled into your college, and show you around. You'll also meet student mentors who will provide peer support throughout your first year. They are trained to listen and encourage; offering practical advice and a friendly ear.

Politics & International Relations student, Deborah answers some questions about settling in. Watch now for her tips on homesickness and how to prepare before you arrive.

Music student, Samantha shares some top things to take with you to help you settle in and talks about different ways to make friends.

Eboni's guide to York

2nd Year Chemistry student, Eboni shares 6 places that she thinks every Black student should know about in York:

Freshers' Week

The iconic Freshers' Week. But what's it really like, and what can you expect?

During Freshers’ Week our Students’ Union (YUSU) put on many events for first-year students. One of these events is Freshers’ Fair where you’ll find stalls for many societies and sports clubs. It's a great opportunity to sign up and get involved in our campus community activities.

English student Mi Chelle writes about her Freshers' Week as a non-drinking international student. In her video, Psychology student Hannah describes her Freshers' Week experience and reassures you that it's perfectly normal to feel nervous.

Medical student Sanjalee debunks some common Freshers' Week myths and misconceptions. Such as "you have to drink and party all week" and "you need to meet all your uni friends during Freshers".