Lincoln University Your First Day

Becoming a university student can be emotionally tricky for many people and that’s a normal reaction. Here are some tips to help you settle into life at Lincoln.

Your needs

Becoming a university student can be emotionally tough, exciting, scary or confusing. Whatever you’re feeling, know that it’s normal to have a range of emotions about beginning your university studies.

In your first few days, we recommend focusing on your personal needs and the things you know help you feel organised, safe and happy.

Some things to consider:

  • View the Freshers’ Checklist to ensure you’ve completed important administrative tasks so that you can focus on enjoying student life as soon as possible.
  • Know the key academic and enrolment dates so you’re aware of important deadlines. And log any key dates into your calendar.
  • Whether you’re living on or off campus, focus on setting things up at home that will make you feel organised, safe and happy. Bring personal items that remind you of home like photos of pets and family.
  • Attend as many social opportunities as you feel comfortable with. For some people that’s very few, for others it’s everything! Do what works best for you but try to share your experiences with other new students – you’ll realise they are having the same feelings as you and probably have the same questions too.
  • Enrol at the Health Centre. They offer complete health services, with doctors, nurses, dieticians and counsellors right here on campus.
  • Keep active and make the most of your Recreation Centre membership. As a student at Lincoln University, you get access to the Recreation Centre at no additional charge. That includes a full range of gym facilities and more than 40 Les Mills group classes every week! Take your LU Student ID to the Recreation Centre to register as a member.

It’s okay to change your mind:

If you’ve made arrangements that you don’t feel comfortable with, get advice early. There’s always a path forward and our job is to help you find the path that makes you happy and helps you achieve your goals.

Recommended staff to talk to:

  • International Student Advisors
  • International Student Liaison
  • Wellbeing team
  • Domestic Student Liaison
  • Ask for help at the main reception (or any staff member you feel comfortable talking to)
  • If you’re staying in the halls, ask an RA or at the accommodation office
  • Get advice from the LU Students’ Association (LUSA)
  • See this information about Making Friends and Settling In
  • Get professional and confidential counselling services from Student Health
  • See more student support services here.