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    Hi there

    I am due to start studying Mathematics (G100) at Lancaster in October and I have some questions regarding what do I have to do as soon as I get there.

    1) With regards to textbooks, how does the system work? Do I have to buy them from the University, or from a specific bookshop? Also does anybody know which books they are and how much they would cost, so I don't get hit in the face with a huge bill?
    2) With regards to signing up for a doctor, is there one within the University grounds that we can register with? Also, do I have to bring my medical history with me or will the doctor that I register with contact my doctor for my medical history?
    3) Do the Halls of Residence have their own TV License or does each resident have to have their own?
    4) Is there a job centre near the University, if I want a part-time job alongside my studies, or does the University employ students?
    5) I was thinking of purchasing a laptop when I arrive at the UK. What sort of specs would it need to have so I can get through University with it? Does it need to be powerful, fast etc?

    Sorry if my questions sound a bit silly. I am coming from abroad so I'm not familiar with how things work in the UK.
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    I can answer some of these, I don't do Maths, but hopefully some of what I say will be useful.

    1. As far as I'm aware, at some point, you'll be given a reading list. Some books will be available at the library, (10-week loan length), other than that you can get them wherever you want (I like Abebooks.co.uk, it's fairly cheap).
    2. There is a doctor on campus that you can register with. Since you're an international student I'm not sure how registering works I'm afraid.
    3. Since each room has a lockable door, each room is classed as a separate residence, so will require a TV license if you plan on watching live TV. Most students don't get one.
    4. The university does employ some students, and there are part time jobs available in town, As you're an international student you may have visa restrictions on how many hours a week you can work. You'll have to check on that depending on where you're from.
    5. If you want I can find out what some maths students use as a laptop, but there are computer labs available for you to do coursework on. If you're wanting to take notes on a laptop you'll need something that can run word. Since I'm guessing you won't be wanting a Macbook you'd be looking to spend about £300-£400 on something that can run Word and PowerPoint. A decent amount of RAM and a good processor should be all you need. From there it's mostly about what will work for you.

    Any questions let me know
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    (Original post by Joe1000000)
    Hi there

    I can answer some of these, I don't do Maths, but hopefully some of what I say will be useful.

    1. As far as I'm aware, at some point, you'll be given a reading list. Some books will be available at the library, (10-week loan length), other than that you can get them wherever you want (I like Abebooks.co.uk, it's fairly cheap).
    2. There is a doctor on campus that you can register with. Since you're an international student I'm not sure how registering works I'm afraid.
    3. Since each room has a lockable door, each room is classed as a separate residence, so will require a TV license if you plan on watching live TV. Most students don't get one.
    4. The university does employ some students, and there are part time jobs available in town, As you're an international student you may have visa restrictions on how many hours a week you can work. You'll have to check on that depending on where you're from.
    5. If you want I can find out what some maths students use as a laptop, but there are computer labs available for you to do coursework on. If you're wanting to take notes on a laptop you'll need something that can run word. Since I'm guessing you won't be wanting a Macbook you'd be looking to spend about £300-£400 on something that can run Word and PowerPoint. A decent amount of RAM and a good processor should be all you need. From there it's mostly about what will work for you.

    Any questions let me know
    Thank you for your prompt reply and your helpful information.

    I am actually an EU student (I will be coming from Cyprus), so I shouldn't have any problem with visa restrictions or registering with a doctor.

    Could you find out what laptops some maths students use please, so I have a rough estimate of what specs their laptops have?

    Thanking you in advance
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    (Original post by shika9027)
    Thank you for your prompt reply and your helpful information.

    I am actually an EU student (I will be coming from Cyprus), so I shouldn't have any problem with visa restrictions or registering with a doctor.

    Could you find out what laptops some maths students use please, so I have a rough estimate of what specs their laptops have?

    Thanking you in advance
    I'd like to add to that, and say that you don't even need word. As long as you're ok using word pad you can get a cheap notebook for a few hundred quid and use windows 7. I say that because a license to use word can be expensive. Reason being, any kind of computer work you'll need to do, you should be able to use university computers. That includes fast computers and specialist software. Really the only thing you'll need your own PC for is for taking notes and doing written work, maybe some programming.
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    I'd like to add to that, and say that you don't even need word. As long as you're ok using word pad you can get a cheap notebook for a few hundred quid and use windows 7. I say that because a license to use word can be expensive. Reason being, any kind of computer work you'll need to do, you should be able to use university computers. That includes fast computers and specialist software. Really the only thing you'll need your own PC for is for taking notes and doing written work, maybe some programming.
    Students have free access to Microsoft Office.
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    Students have free access to Microsoft Office.
    Do they‽‽‽‽‽‽ OMG how do I get this‽‽‽
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    You'll be able to access more information about this once you start in October.
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    (Original post by shika9027)
    Hi there

    I am due to start studying Mathematics (G100) at Lancaster in October and I have some questions regarding what do I have to do as soon as I get there.

    1) With regards to textbooks, how does the system work? Do I have to buy them from the University, or from a specific bookshop? Also does anybody know which books they are and how much they would cost, so I don't get hit in the face with a huge bill?
    The maths department give each student a huge amount of notes at the start of each module so the number of textbooks you need is extremely low. You can take books out of the library when you're doing a dissertation project towards the end of your degree.
    2) With regards to signing up for a doctor, is there one within the University grounds that we can register with? Also, do I have to bring my medical history with me or will the doctor that I register with contact my doctor for my medical history?
    As you're an EU student I think you can just register with the GP on campus. IT may take a while for your records to be sent over, though. I'm not 100% sure about what the process is for this, though.
    3) Do the Halls of Residence have their own TV License or does each resident have to have their own?
    In theory every room counts as a separate residence so you're supposed to get a TV licence per person. In reality nobody cares, and it's exceptionally hard for anyone to get caught watching TV. I've never heard of any students at Lancaster being fined for not having a licence.
    4) Is there a job centre near the University, if I want a part-time job alongside my studies, or does the University employ students?
    There is one near the castle in town, but they won't help you as you're a student. They only help with people on benefits. And even then I use the word "help" loosely. I used to go there when I was unemployed before my current course at Lancaster. There are loads of jobs at the university and in town, the students union does advertise a bunch.
    5) I was thinking of purchasing a laptop when I arrive at the UK. What sort of specs would it need to have so I can get through University with it? Does it need to be powerful, fast etc?
    Depends what you're going to do with it. If you just want to look at Facebook, and check your emails then you can get something for under £200 that will do the job just fine. If you need more serious processing power for running simulations then the department/university will provide facilities for that. Maths students don't have a huge amount of coursework that isn't handwritten (I think) so you won't need it that much for doing coursework.
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    (Original post by shika9027)
    Hi there

    I am due to start studying Mathematics (G100) at Lancaster in October and I have some questions regarding what do I have to do as soon as I get there.

    1) With regards to textbooks, how does the system work? Do I have to buy them from the University, or from a specific bookshop? Also does anybody know which books they are and how much they would cost, so I don't get hit in the face with a huge bill?
    I don't really know about Mathematics (I did Biomedicine) but I haven't bought a single textbook during my 3 years at Lancaster - library is very good. Plus many lecturers give you pdfs/online access to reading material.

    2) With regards to signing up for a doctor, is there one within the University grounds that we can register with? Also, do I have to bring my medical history with me or will the doctor that I register with contact my doctor for my medical history?
    There is a GP medical centre at university grounds; they also have another practice in town for when you move out of campus in later years (if you do). If you are not from the UK, you'll just need to fill in a medical history questionnaire I think (I'm from Poland and didn't bring any medical records with me).

    3) Do the Halls of Residence have their own TV License or does each resident have to have their own?
    I didn't have a TV license but didn't have TV or watched TV online - Netflix all the way

    4) Is there a job centre near the University, if I want a part-time job alongside my studies, or does the University employ students?
    People will tell you it's easy to find a job and that there are plenty. Trust me, there are really not. Especially if you need to work certain number of hours regularly to be able to support yourself, e.g. I had to and really struggled to find my first job. And wasn't picky at all. There are quite a lot of jobs on zero hour contracts and on when and if needed basis (for the employer), but you have to remember that Lancaster is a small town. And there are two universities. I finally found a job when I was finishing my 1st year, worked all the way through until I graduated. But just beware that it really may not be a walk in the park as some people make it out to be.

    5) I was thinking of purchasing a laptop when I arrive at the UK. What sort of specs would it need to have so I can get through University with it? Does it need to be powerful, fast etc?
    There are plenty of stationary computers and laptops you can borrow from the library/Learnin Zone with your student card. If you want you probably would not need a laptop at all. But if you do, any laptop would do. Up to your personal preferance.

    Sorry if my questions sound a bit silly. I am coming from abroad so I'm not familiar with how things work in the UK.
    And not at all, I've been there What college are you going to be in? Are you going to live on campus?
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    I don't really know about Mathematics (I did Biomedicine) but I haven't bought a single textbook during my 3 years at Lancaster - library is very good. Plus many lecturers give you pdfs/online access to reading material.



    There is a GP medical centre at university grounds; they also have another practice in town for when you move out of campus in later years (if you do). If you are not from the UK, you'll just need to fill in a medical history questionnaire I think (I'm from Poland and didn't bring any medical records with me).



    I didn't have a TV license but didn't have TV or watched TV online - Netflix all the way



    People will tell you it's easy to find a job and that there are plenty. Trust me, there are really not. Especially if you need to work certain number of hours regularly to be able to support yourself, e.g. I had to and really struggled to find my first job. And wasn't picky at all. There are quite a lot of jobs on zero hour contracts and on when and if needed basis (for the employer), but you have to remember that Lancaster is a small town. And there are two universities. I finally found a job when I was finishing my 1st year, worked all the way through until I graduated. But just beware that it really may not be a walk in the park as some people make it out to be.



    There are plenty of stationary computers and laptops you can borrow from the library/Learnin Zone with your student card. If you want you probably would not need a laptop at all. But if you do, any laptop would do. Up to your personal preferance.



    And not at all, I've been there What college are you going to be in? Are you going to live on campus?
    I've applied to Grizedale and Furness And thank you for your help
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    I've applied to Grizedale and Furness And thank you for your help
    I was in Pendle, Furness is very nice
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    And not at all, I've been there What college are you going to be in? Are you going to live on campus?
    What job did you find and how can I get one quickly hopefully in first week
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    What job did you find and how can I get one quickly hopefully in first week
    Considering it's an old post I doubt OP will reply. I'm coming to Lancaster - hopefully - this autumn, and I'd recommend trying to find a part-time job within the uni as your first port of call (that's what I'll be doing, so I don't have to cope with adapting to two new environments at once). I'm not sure in first week many will be looking for part-time work to supplement their studies so soon, so that may offer you a good chance to get in before (some) others (early bird catches the worm and all that), yet I'm not sure any in-uni positions will be advertised in first week so looking elsewhere could be best in that regard. Maybe ask them in the official Q&A thread or by asking a student on the website; you could alternatively make your own post.
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    (Original post by Sycaphore)
    Considering it's an old post I doubt OP will reply. I'm coming to Lancaster - hopefully - this autumn, and I'd recommend trying to find a part-time job within the uni as your first port of call (that's what I'll be doing, so I don't have to cope with adapting to two new environments at once). I'm not sure in first week many will be looking for part-time work to supplement their studies so soon, so that may offer you a good chance to get in before (some) others (early bird catches the worm and all that), yet I'm not sure any in-uni positions will be advertised in first week so looking elsewhere could be best in that regard. Maybe ask them in the official Q&A thread or by asking a student on the website; you could alternatively make your own post.
    Thanks you're right, I've already registered for the campus vacancies so it's a matter of time now I guess
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    Thanks you're right, I've already registered for the campus vacancies so it's a matter of time now I guess
    May I ask how and where you do that?
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    May I ask how and where you do that?
    I have added a link to the page down below
    https://temps.lancaster-university.c...istration.aspx
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    I have added a link to the page down below
    https://temps.lancaster-university.c...istration.aspx
    Thanks. I better knock up a CV!
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    Thanks. I better knock up a CV!
    haha try not to blow mine out of the water
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