It won’t be long before you’re standing on the doorstep of your new home waving off your parents. As you look forward to settling into life at Echo Factory, making new friends and beginning your course, there are lots of things you’ll likely want to get in order.
Make sure you’re ready to start your studies with our handy guide!
Set up your Student Banking
When you start university, you are able to set up a bank account which will give you a range of services as a student that you might not normally be entitled to. Different banks offer different services (and incentives) so make sure to shop around for the bank that suits your needs. Check out this article by Money Saving Expert on the best student bank accounts available!
A student account is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finances at uni, though! Student loans are received each term so you’ll also need to figure out an affordable budget – for more help, take a look at Money Saving Expert’s Top 10 Student MoneySaving Tips.
Some banks will offer incentives for students applying for new accounts, from Amazon vouchers, discount codes or free travel vouchers. If you aren’t offered a student railcard, however, don’t miss out on saving 1/3 of your rail fares with a 16-25 railcard! You can even apply if you’re over 25 as long as you are in full-time education!
Sign up to a GP surgery
It’s important to look after your health when moving away from home for the first time so make sure to find and register with a local GP. This will make it much easier to book treatment if you get ill but you can also visit a local NHS walk-in centre if needed. These services will provide treatment for minor injuries or illnesses such as cuts, bruises, and rashes.
If you’re hurt or ill but aren’t sure what service to go to, Call 111 and they will point you in the right direction!
See the sights and explore your new city
When you first move in, be sure to plan a day out to your potential home-to-be and have a look around. It’s super helpful to know a new city before you start university so try to find out the basics. What’s the fastest way for you to reach Echo Factory in the morning? Which supermarkets are within easy walking distance? What gyms/social clubs are there nearby?
There is also always something happening when you’re living in Leicester, whether it is a social event, networking opportunity, or a fantastic masterclass or a gig at one of our many local venues, so what better way to enhance your learning experience by engaging with these fantastic events or auditioning to take part in one of the many festivals in the area!
Be smart when buying tech
One of the perks of being a student is that you’re entitled to a HUGE range of discounts from websites, stores, and restaurants across the UK! Check out some of the top site’s below and see how you can save!
- UNiDAYS – Free to join with a great free app, this site is updated every day with thousands of fab student offers!
- Student Beans – Over 10,000 discounts, deals and competitions available!
- NUS Extra – Buy an NUS Extra card and enjoy 200 UK discounts and over 42,000 international discounts with a handy app to find the best places to go to save money!
- Student Money Saver – Stay updated with all of the latest discounts, deals and free stuff!
As an Echo Factory student in particular, you can also receive special discounts when buying kit, tech or tickets to local venues. Speak with our team to see what offers you can take advantage of!
Prepare for Enrollment
Enrolment is the formal process through which you sign on to your degree course. You can only attend classes and access our facilities and services after you have done this.
It’s important that you attend your Induction at Echo Factory where you will:
- Complete your enrolment
- Activate your IT Account
- Arrange to pay your fees
- Choose/review your modules
- Prepare documents for registration
As part of your enrollment, you will need to bring the following:
- A form of formal ID – This could be your passport, driving license or (if you haven’t got these) a copy of your birth certificate and a bank statement or utility bill
- Your Level 3 academic certificates