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Looking after yourself

Here are our top tips for making the most of your student experience while looking after your wellbeing.

Top tips for looking after yourself at BU

1. Enjoy the start of term. The first two weeks are a great time to socialise and get to know your tutors, as well check out what life at BU has to offer. Get involved in social activities, try out for the sports team or join a club or society.
2. Feeling homesick? Most students feel homesick at some point so you’re not the only one. One of the best ways to get over homesickness is to find something you really enjoy and take the time to do it.  Maybe you've always wanted to play a musical instrument but never found the time - why not now? Getting involved with something new is a good way to make friends with the same interests as you. It won’t stop you missing your friends and family back home but the homesickness will pass.
3. Don’t worry if feel you have made the wrong choice. A number of students feel this way at the start of term. Think about your reasons for coming to BU and choosing your course. What are your future career plans? If you are still having doubts make an appointment with a Careers Adviser. Talk to your parents or friends too.
4. Don’t overindulge! Having a healthy lifestyle is really important. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have fun, but try to find a good balance between the fun stuff, getting a good night’s sleep, don’t drink too much and eat as well as you can. Too much play and not enough rest can make you feel really low, so think about your lifestyle choices.
5. Register with a General Practitioner (GP). Don’t wait until you need an appointment, take the time to register with a local GP now.
6. Plan your study time. Not a great organiser? Don’t worry. The study skills community on myBU has loads of great information including how to manage your time effectively.
7. Need some cash at uni? SUBU and BU both offer a number of student jobs as well as advertising for other local opportunities. Have a look on MyCareerHub to see what’s available.
8. Worried about money once you graduate? Just remember that if you are on a student loan you don’t have to repay it until you are earning over a certain threshold and even then there is a limit to the number of years that you will have to pay. So although people talk about leaving university with a huge debt it’s not the same as taking out a bank loan which you will have to pay all of within a short space of time.
9. And once your studies get into full swing remember that if you want to be really productive you need to pace yourself. Studying is important but so are all the other aspects of university life. Try to find the balance between studying, socialising and taking care of yourself. You need all three elements if you are going to have a successful and enjoyable time at BU!