Preparing for University study

At university there’s a lot more independent study than you may be used to from school or college. Don’t worry we’ll help you get ready.

What can you do now to prepare?

  • Maintain your passion – Enjoy watching TED talks and/or reading introductory literature to keep connected to the subject you will be studying.  
  • Reading lists - If your course has a reading list, see if your local library has copies (or if you can read it online) and start informing yourself about your subject.
  • Brush up on your study skills – you’ll find advice on independent learning, assignment writing, managing your workload, and much more on our Study Skills portal.
  • Have a go! - If you’re really going for it, why not try some academic writing? You could write a short essay using some sources you’ve looked at over the summer, and even try doing some referencing. Our Library Services team offer lots of information on referencing as well as an invaluable list of subject guides.

What support will you receive when you arrive?


At Worcester our friendly tutors and advisors help you to develop your academic and independent learning skills.

  • You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, who will remain with you throughout your undergraduate studies, and can offer you academic assistance and guidance.
  • Our Academic Writers in Residence are available for help with academic writing styles and offer confidential, one-to-one tutorials for students studying all subjects to support all aspects of their academic writing.
  • You can book a one-to-one appointment with a member of our Library Services team. They’ll help you get to grips with accessing resources for your subject and academic referencing. 


We understand that starting university can be an exciting but also worrying time. We’re here to help.

Firstpoint is a support and guidance service based in the Peirson building on St John’s Campus. They’ll help you access disability and dyslexia support, assistance with mental health and wellbeing, finance advice and much more.

Each week, Our Student Wellbeing Champions offer “Fancy a cuppa” informal meet-ups to chat and make contact with support staff. The Students’ Union also provide a free, confidential and impartial advice service to all Worcester students -their Academic and Welfare Advisors are here to represent your best interests.

If this is your first time living away from home, our budgeting tips and cost of living information can help you plan your finances.

Finally, our Health and Wellbeing webpages have useful suggestions on maintaining a study/life balance including exercise, relaxation and study.

Community and belonging


We are committed to playing an active role in the local community. Campus sports facilities are available for use by our neighbours and we welcome visitors to our Hive library, art and drama facilities. Our students are encouraged to get involved with community projects by volunteering with the Students’ Union and taking part in local projects. Our Sustainability Team encourage you to get involved in the local community by pioneering projects and schemes to protect the environment that surrounds you.

What about finding your own community? We are dedicated to helping you find representation and a sense of inclusivity. Our LGBTQ+ network, Course Reps and Students’ Union Officers are available to represent your views. We have over 70 clubs and societies, including the African and Caribbean Society, Sober Socials, Rugby, Musical Theatre Society, Ultimate Frisbee and many others. Whoever you are, you can find like-minded individuals and a sense of community whilst you’re with us.

Download our app

Remember to download the University of Worcester Guidebook App on the App Store or Google Play.  This will tell you about events and activities taking place over the Welcome period.  

The app will provide you with campus maps and local information such as shops, banks and travel. You'll also find answers to questions often asked by first year students and who to contact for help and advice.

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