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End of term essentials

Use this handy checklist before you leave to enjoy your summer!

If you’re coming to the end of your studies there are a few more things to think about - like what to wear to graduation - so we’ve made an extra checklist just for you.

Top ten checklist

Moving out

Leave your home how you found it! Pack up all you belongings, recycle old items, empty the bins and remove all rubbish, lock up and return your keys. Make sure all your utility bills are cancelled and the balances are paid – and that you can contact your old housemates over the summer if you need to.

Make sure you’ve also returned your library books and paid any fines.

Tell us how to contact you

If we need to email, call or write to you this summer, will we reach you? Take a few minutes to check your contact details and update them if needed. This is really important if you’re going on placement next year – especially if you’re going overseas. You might want to contact Royal Mail to re-direct your post - but there is a cost to this.

Vote in the General Election

It’s the UK General Elections on 8 June so make sure you know where your local polling station is to have your say on who will run the country for the next four years. Read our guide to the elections for more information.

We’re still open – contact us if you need us

Lectures might stop over the summer but all of our student services stay open. So if you need help with documents or finance from AskBU, need support looking for work, would like some wellbeing advice, or live locally and need some SportBU entertainment for yourself or the family, get in touch.

Check out what’s open and when this summer. 

Mitigating circumstances

Don’t wait to tell us if you think your current circumstances could affect your assignment or exam results - the sooner we know the sooner we can offer advice and any support you need. Find out more and read the policy on our Mitigating circumstances page.

Most results will be available from late July/early August but your programme support team can let you know exactly when to expect yours. You’ll be able to access them on myBU and a transcript will be sent to you later this summer.

Make the most of the next three months

Go on an adventure – Why not study or work abroad or volunteer for a local project?

Enjoy BU Festival season -  It’s never quite the same without you but we keep the campus busy in other ways – check out our festivals page for details of events like our Festival of Learning in July.

Love Bournemouth – It’s a great place to be all year round but the summer brings events like the Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival (16-25 June), the Air Festival (31 Aug – 3 Sept) and summer isn’t really summer in Dorset without a good firework display. Check out the Bournemouth and Poole Tourism websites for more details about what’s on this summer.

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

As a student from a non-EEA country, you will need to check your visa conditions if you’re thinking about working in the UK this summer. If you are allowed to work, there are still some rules about working during your studies so make sure you know what they are.

If your visa is due to expire, you might need to extend it while you complete your studies – go to one of our workshops for more guidance. 

Prepare for your placement year – the four R’s

  1. Research your employer and think about ways you can make the most of your placement experience.
  2. Review your Twitter profile or consider setting up a professional account to keep your work and social lives separate.
  3. Remember to re-enrol and pay your reduced tuition fees before the start of term – you’ll get an email about this nearer the time.
  4. Read our placement year information for more details and advice – and if you still haven’t secured a placement, book an appointment with your placement coordinator in MyCareerHub

Stay in the study zone

Well, try and keep it from fully switching off anyway! Getting some work experience – voluntary or paid – will always help keep you in the zone. There are other quick wins to help too, like following industry experts and news channels on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest trends.

Get ready for next year

Term starts on 18 September. Look out for your re-enrolment email in late August - the sooner you register for your next year of study online, the easier it will be to get your loans and any other financial support through on time. If you have any debts to BU, you might need to set up a repayment plan before you can complete your re-registration, contact AskBU for more details.

Most new students will be arriving on 16 & 17 September 2017 so please give them a lovely BU welcome by using #belongatbu on social media and sharing your favourite BU memories or photos to give them a taste of what’s to come.