Social life, health and wellbeing


Starting university can be an overwhelming experience but also a great opportunity to make life-long friendships and meet new people from across the world. One piece of advice that is given year on year to prospective students is to make the most of Freshers’ week and relish that opportunity to meet new people and get involved in as much as you can.

Read this ‘Freshers Guide’ to find out about other people’s experiences of starting university and making new friends.

Disclosing your vision impairment to friends

You may find it helpful to have a chat about your vision impairment to close friends and those you live with. Whilst this may feel uncomfortable at first, past students have found that sharing basic information helped with making new friends.

When speaking about disclosing their vision impairment in the VICTAR transitions study, a previous student highlighted:

It’s best to do it at the initial stages of the friendship rather than the late stages, because if by the time you are good friends with someone and they don’t know that you are visually impaired, then it can become quite difficult.

Coping with stress and anxiety

Whilst university and college are very exciting times, unfortunately studying can also induce levels of stress and anxiety. This is very common and may be the result of of money worries, pressures of coursework and examinations, relationship, or housing worries, and so on.

It is important to remember that stress and anxiety can be eased and managed more affectively by addressing them as early as you can. Seek support before it before gets worse.

Mind is a great charity which supports people with their mental health. Check out this short video below to find out what help is available:


Alternatively, take a look at their website for some helpful tips to handle stress and anxiety whilst studying at university.

Check out our Looking after your mental health page for more helpful resources and information.

Stay safe

Moving to a new area can be an exciting time and a great boost to your confidence and independence but it is always advisable to take some safety precautions throughout your time studying.

Here is a helpful guide on student safety which was put together by students, for students.

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