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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 15 uni

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Going out: what’s the nightlife like at uni?

You’ve probably heard that uni is one big party. From endless shots to messy club nights and the obligatory post-night out cheesy chips, you might be totally ready to throw yourself into this side of uni life… Or you might not.

But the good news is uni nightlife is way more varied than you probably think. We’ve answered some of the most common questions new students may have to help settle your nerves...


Being a student

Choosing your ideal uni

Finding 'the one': How I picked the right uni

How do you know which uni's right for you? It's a hard question to wrap your head around, so have a read about how these students picked the uni for them.

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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

What is student accommodation like at uni?

Here's some advice from current students to give you an insight into the world of student accommodation...

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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-15 university (The Times/Sunday Times 2019 and Complete University Guide 2019), 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.

UEA’s students are here to help with any questions you have about going to university (not just going to UEA!). Give them a try at Ask-a-Student.