Student life

What's university really like? When you're making your uni application, it's easy to get caught up in your research. What course will you pick? How should you start your personal statement? What uni is top of the latest league table?

But going to uni is about more than all that. It is - quite literally - your life, at least for the coming three years. That's why we've put this section together. The articles you'll find here are designed to help you get your head around what to expect from university, based on the experiences of current and former students.

We'll also help you with working out the university that suits you most as a person. Explore the articles below and discover what's awaiting you at uni.

Help and advice on university life in partnership with UEA a top 25 uni

Latest in student life

Ten things that students weren't expecting when they started uni

Starting university brings many new experiences. To help you get your head around being a fresher, we asked current students what surprised them about starting uni. Here’s what they told us.

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Student life videos

If you really want to know what university is going to be like, you need to hear from people who are already there.

Head to our student life video hub to meet Toyin, George, Zuza and the rest of our student vloggers who are sharing their experience of university as they live it. 

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Being a student

"You really figure out who you are"

We headed to the UEA campus to catch up with six of The Student Room's vloggers and asked them, "What's so great about going to uni?"

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Choosing your ideal uni

Studying at uni

Watch: what's a uni lecture like?

Learning at university is very different from what you'll be used to at school or college. To get an idea of what a uni lecture is like, watch our video.

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What to expect from the first two weeks of uni

Pesto pasta, £1 vodka lemonades, neon parties… There’s lots to look forward to when starting uni. To kickstart your excitement about the next chapter of your life, we’ve pulled together some real experiences from TSR and UEA students to reveal what the first two weeks at uni are really like.

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Independent living

Finding help

Support at uni: the services that helped me the most

University is a lot of fun, but it can also be quite an overwhelming experience. There's plenty of help on-hand though - here are some services other students found useful.

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Our partnership with UEA

The Student Room is proud to work with UEA, a UK top-25 university (Complete University Guide 2022), as the official partner of our student life section.

Not only is UEA highly rated in the league tables, it has also received a TEF gold award for excellence in teaching, learning and outcomes.

Located on the edge of Norwich, a lively city full of secret gems just waiting to be discovered.

Visit their profile page to learn more or join the conversation on TSR's UEA forum.