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
Leave your home how you found it! Pack up all you belongings, recycle old items, remove all rubbish, empty or leave out the bins, lock up and return your keys. Make sure all your utility bills, TV licence and direct debits are cancelled/updated and balances are paid – and that you can contact your old housemates over the summer if you need to. Complete an inventory and take photos before you go.
Make sure you’ve also returned your library books and paid any fines, and donate any unwanted items to SUBUs Big Give.
Tell us how to contact you
If we need to email, call or write to you this summer, will we be able to reach you? Take a few minutes to check your contact details and update them needed. This is really helpful if you’re going on placement next year, and 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.
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.
If you think your current circumstances could affect your assignment or exam results, don't wait until you get your results to tell us. 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 or Brightpsace, and a transcript will be sent to you later this summer.
Make the most of the summer break
You could go on an adventure by studying or working abroad or maybe volunteer for a local project. If you're staying in Bournemouth there's always loads going on - check out the Bournemouth and Poole Tourism websites for more details about what’s on this summer. And while it’s never quite the same without you, we keep the campus busy in other ways when you're not here so you could also check out our festivals page for details of events like our Festival of Learning on 16 - 20 June.
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
- Research your employer and think about ways you can make the most of your placement experience.
- Review your Twitter profile or consider setting up a professional account to keep your work and social lives separate.
- 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.
- 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
There's always lots of online journals you can read, but we're not silly, you've worked hard this year and deserve a break! But following industry experts, awarding bodies and news channels on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn is a good way of staying up to date on the latest trends.
Get ready for next year
Term starts on 17 September 2018. 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 from 13 - 16 September 2018 so please give them a lovely BU welcome if you are here, or by using #belongatbu on social media and sharing your favourite BU memories or photos to give them a taste of what’s to come.
When you move in to a new property, make sure you complete an inventory and check for any damage or disrepair and make sure you discuss it with your agent or landlord - not only will this make sure you're not liable when you move out, it also means they're aware of the issue and can fix it. It's a good idea to take meter readings and share them with your energy suppliers. And remember to keep yourself and your neighbours happy by checking out when bins are collected in the area!
Organise your finances
Here are the time scales for re-applying for student financeontinuing students are:
- Student Finance England: 22 June 2018
- Student Finance Northern Ireland: 29 June 2018
- Student Awards Agency Scotland: 30 June 2018
- Student Finance Wales: 9 June 2018
If you miss a deadline you can still apply up to nine months after the start of the academic year, but be warned your funding may be delayed and you will need to find a way to financially support yourself in the meantime. Contact AskBU or SUBU Advice if you have any questions.