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Thank you Viv that helped a lot! Also from reading other peoples comments it seems that not everyone is guaranteed accommodation on the campus, what do you do then if this happens? Are there other campuses that you can stay on whilst studying at Falmer do you know?
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What you need to do is take a look at is our accommodation options info for new students. http://bit.ly/11wnlsn . There's short film about students here which some of my friends have found useful. In short, if you don't get a place in halls or if you would prefer to live in another type of accommodation (e.g private rented), then our really friendly experts in the accommodation office can help you.

They can provide you with information about the options, deadlines and where and how to look. They even organise very popular house hunting events via their Facebook groups.

My best advice is this - apply in good time when you are asked to for any accommodation deadlines, have a good look at the web pages above and make use of the accommodation team for any specific questions you might have. Here is how to contact them - you can do so by email, phone, twitter or Facebook. http://www.brighton.ac.uk/accommodat...php?PageId=140

Most of all - don't worry, there is plenty of choice and plenty of help
and living here is great!
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Hi, have accepted an unconditional offer to study building surveying starting next year! Looking forward to it, what kind of extra support do you offer mature students? I've been out of education for a while.
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Hi, have accepted an unconditional offer to study building surveying starting next year! Looking forward to it, what kind of extra support do you offer mature students? I've been out of education for a while.
Hi Rafen1986


First off, congratulations


I was in the same boat as you when I returned to study. Overall, around 1 in 4 students here are classed as 'mature' (over 21) when they start their course. This varies around the university and for different courses and year to year of course, but that's the average. This means that there are plenty of mature students around. Plus, the university, inside and outside your chosen course, has lots of support services open to you. These are open to all students – depending on your skills, experience and circumstances you might find some more useful to you than others. That's whats good actually, you can choose to take advantage of what is of benefit to you personally.


Here's a list of services that either I or my friends who are mature students have found most useful at different times.


New student accommodation options http://bit.ly/11wnlsn
(How important this is to you depends on if you are moving or relocating of course).
Student finance http://bit.ly/1780WEu. It's really useful to check with a student advisor (before or when you get here) that you have got access to all sources of funding available to you. The team also offer really helpful advice about budgeting or if for example you have any issues when you become a student. if you do ever need extra help, it's there.
Study skills. Personally, I felt a bit out of practice when it came to writing essays again or how to reference things properly. There was help in my course - but on top of this I checked out ASK (Academic Study Kit) early on http://bit.ly/18wMaan and made use of a library induction too http://bit.ly/1iPY3SI
The careers service http://www.brighton.ac.uk/careers/ Courses here are are professionally focused – but it doesn't end there. While you are a student and once you graduate you can access online and in person support from the careers team. So whether you are looking for a part time term time job, writing your CV, searching for a volunteering opportunity or work placement or want to plan your career, they can help http://bit.ly/1aOvURV .
Again, depends on individual circumstances but there is also some advice online for mature students and student parents, including childcare info http://bit.ly/1d53ANW .
There's also a great Counselling and Wellbeing service http://bit.ly/1d53Lc7 and around 12% of students get support from the Disability and Dyslexia team http://bit.ly/1gjOHN2 .
I hope this is useful info – let me know if there is anything else I can help with.


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Hi Rafen1986


First off, congratulations


I was in the same boat as you when I returned to study. Overall, around 1 in 4 students here are classed as 'mature' (over 21) when they start their course. This varies around the university and for different courses and year to year of course, but that's the average. This means that there are plenty of mature students around. Plus, the university, inside and outside your chosen course, has lots of support services open to you. These are open to all students – depending on your skills, experience and circumstances you might find some more useful to you than others. That's whats good actually, you can choose to take advantage of what is of benefit to you personally.


Here's a list of services that either I or my friends who are mature students have found most useful at different times.


New student accommodation options http://bit.ly/11wnlsn
(How important this is to you depends on if you are moving or relocating of course).
Student finance http://bit.ly/1780WEu. It's really useful to check with a student advisor (before or when you get here) that you have got access to all sources of funding available to you. The team also offer really helpful advice about budgeting or if for example you have any issues when you become a student. if you do ever need extra help, it's there.
Study skills. Personally, I felt a bit out of practice when it came to writing essays again or how to reference things properly. There was help in my course - but on top of this I checked out ASK (Academic Study Kit) early on http://bit.ly/18wMaan and made use of a library induction too http://bit.ly/1iPY3SI
The careers service http://www.brighton.ac.uk/careers/ Courses here are are professionally focused – but it doesn't end there. While you are a student and once you graduate you can access online and in person support from the careers team. So whether you are looking for a part time term time job, writing your CV, searching for a volunteering opportunity or work placement or want to plan your career, they can help http://bit.ly/1aOvURV .
Again, depends on individual circumstances but there is also some advice online for mature students and student parents, including childcare info http://bit.ly/1d53ANW .
There's also a great Counselling and Wellbeing service http://bit.ly/1d53Lc7 and around 12% of students get support from the Disability and Dyslexia team http://bit.ly/1gjOHN2 .
I hope this is useful info – let me know if there is anything else I can help with.


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Viv

Thats a really helpful answer, thanks a lot. I will start working my way through those links when I get an opportunity. Did you find it weird going back to full time education after working full time? I'm in the Army at the moment and currently in Afghanistan till next march so I'm imagining its going to be quite a big difference.
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Thats a really helpful answer, thanks a lot. I will start working my way through those links when I get an opportunity. Did you find it weird going back to full time education after working full time? I'm in the Army at the moment and currently in Afghanistan till next march so I'm imagining its going to be quite a big difference.
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Thats a really helpful answer, thanks a lot. I will start working my way through those links when I get an opportunity. Did you find it weird going back to full time education after working full time? I'm in the Army at the moment and currently in Afghanistan till next march so I'm imagining its going to be quite a big difference.
Hi Rafen1986

I'm glad the list is useful and of course, when you get a chance have a good look through. If you have any questions you can ask us here and or contact the relevant department to find out more

The short answer is yes, it was a bit weird to return to study! Going from work and one particular routine and into a new environment was certainly a big change. For me, it was a really exciting one though. I was hungry for a new challenge and to learn. Often, my other experiences helped me manage the changes and be more aware of how and what I was learning. After being in full time employment it was a really different experience to have so many choices and opportunities available and I appreciated what a freedom that was (even though I was usually very busy!) I made the most of this whenever I could and it was often the unexpected things that I gained a lot from.

For me - family and friends, old and new, were a great support, in very different ways (from hearing all about my day on campus to offering me a break from student life occasionally too!) I'd say make the most of them all and don't be afraid to use the support that's on campus for you. This includes staff on your course team, from your personal tutor to your course administrator or SSGT (Student Support and Guidance Tutor).

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I applied for Biomedical Sciences in November, do you know when they start sending offers? I am also wondering how many international students there usually doing this course?
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I applied for Biomedical Sciences in November, do you know when they start sending offers? I am also wondering how many international students there usually doing this course?
Hi

I'm just seeing if I can find out some details about this for you… will let you know as soon as I do. I've got my fingers crossed for you - good luck!

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I'm just seeing if I can find out some details about this for you… will let you know as soon as I do. I've got my fingers crossed for you - good luck!

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I have been given a conditional offer for sport and exercise science
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I have been given a conditional offer for sport and exercise science
Congrats and good luck! Have you seen this? Sam Bolwell is a Sport and Exercise student and she is playing for Team GB in the World University Winter Games in Italy this week!
http://bit.ly/1bAD38J

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I have an interview for primary teaching (QTS), I'm so worried about the travel! it's so expensive in the train and from where I live it's 3hrs 30mins, I have never been that far by myself before
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I have an interview for primary teaching (QTS), I'm so worried about the travel! it's so expensive in the train and from where I live it's 3hrs 30mins, I have never been that far by myself before
Hi WhiteRose100,


Congrats on your interview.


Have you looked at the advance tickets for the train? If you book ahead it can be much cheaper, more so if you have a railcard too. Sometimes buying 2 singles can be cheaper.


It's worth checking this out for info
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/tra...-train-tickets


I'd say bring a good book or magazine, food and make sure your phone is charged up and the journey will whizz by - try not to worry about it


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Hi WhiteRose100,


Congrats on your interview.


Have you looked at the advance tickets for the train? If you book ahead it can be much cheaper, more so if you have a railcard too. Sometimes buying 2 singles can be cheaper.


It's worth checking this out for info
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/tra...-train-tickets


I'd say bring a good book or magazine, food and make sure your phone is charged up and the journey will whizz by - try not to worry about it


Best Wishes


Viv
Thanks! In February it's £110 for one way (I think), but I'll see if I get anything cheaper.
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Thanks! In February it's £110 for one way (I think), but I'll see if I get anything cheaper.
I'm sure that by booking in advance you can get it much cheaper than that. I travelled from Brighton to Bristol recently for under £20 return on an advanced booking It's usually over £100 if you buy a ticket on the day.

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I applied for Biomedical Sciences in November, do you know when they start sending offers? I am also wondering how many international students there usually doing this course?
I'm a first year studying biomedical science and I can tell you, there is a very good number of international students on the course!
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Hi


Can I check which course it is that you have applied for? I am guessing that it is BSc(Hons)
Biomedical Science?
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/st...ience-bsc-hons


This is the busiest time of year for applications, so it can take a little while sometimes for everyone to get a response, but try not to worry about this too much.


We get lots of applications from international students for pharmacy and biological science courses - how many there are on each course and each year varies.


Hope that helps and do let me know if you have any more questions.
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I'm a first year studying biomedical science and I can tell you, there is a very good number of international students on the course!
Cheers Joshalos

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Can I check which course it is that you have applied for? I am guessing that it is BSc(Hons)
Biomedical Science?
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/st...ience-bsc-hons


This is the busiest time of year for applications, so it can take a little while sometimes for everyone to get a response, but try not to worry about this too much.


We get lots of applications from international students for pharmacy and biological science courses - how many there are on each course and each year varies.


Hope that helps and do let me know if you have any more questions.
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Yepp thats the one i applied for

Thank you very much it helps a lot! Im trying not to worry and Im also trying not to check my e-mail and UCAS too often but I just cant help it haha Im very excited to hopefully hear back soon!

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Yepp thats the one i applied for


Thank you

Thank you very much it helps a lot! Im trying not to worry and Im also trying not to check my e-mail and UCAS too often but I just cant help it haha Im very excited to hopefully hear back soon!

You're welcome and good luck! I say check the email once a day tops and go enjoy the xmas hols in the meantime!

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You're welcome and good luck! I say check the email once a day tops and go enjoy the xmas hols in the meantime!

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Hey I got my unconditional offer last night! YAY, no more worrying for me and time to enjoy the holidays!

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