This is a vitally important card that you receive when you go to your Students Union building. This card is essentially your pass onto the university grounds and allows you access to the benefits that both the university and Students Union provide.
You should be e-mailed the details of how you can obtain your Students Union card by your university, but you should be prepared to bring your student number and an official form of identification such as a full birth certificate or passport.
I strongly recommend that you get this sorted as soon as you can because then you know there will be no hassle when you start going back and forth from your university for lectures and society activities.
During the summer you will get several e-mails containing important dates and times that you will need to remember. These are important, especially on your first week, because they will tell you where and when you can collect your Students Union card, and where and when you need to be when you go through your official enrolment onto your subject course.
These are things that you cannot afford to miss and so it is very important that you are organised. The best ways to do this, especially with key dates and times, is to make sure to mark the e-mails as ‘Important’ and then make a note of where you need to be, and when you need to be there.
I would strongly recommend buying a diary where you can make notes of your academic dates and times. This way you can see an easy layout of your day, which makes it even easier to fit in other activities, such as attending society fairs or fresher’s parties, around your enrolment dates. Also, being organised in the early days will put you in good stead for the busy days to come during university.
When you are organised and you know where you need to be and when you need to be there, you then need to sort out how you are going to get to your destination. No matter what your mode of transport may be it is important that you know the quickest viable route to where you need to be.
Sorting this out early will save you a huge amount of hassle and stress in the future. You can do this by going onto websites such as Google Maps and National Rail which can help you plan how long your journey will take from your door to the door of your university. This can save you a lot of stress because you can give yourself the time required to travel, meaning you won’t be running around like a headless chicken.
Travelling by train or bus can also be helped by purchasing rail cards. These are valid for a set amount of time and this can take pressure off you as you won’t need to worry about long queues to buy tickets which may delay you from day to day.