Betters– Prepare for Induction Week! (part 1)


If you read this blogpost, I think congratulations remain in order, on your wonderful test outcomes and approval of a desired location at Durham University! Simply a year back, I remained in your shoes, feeling a mix of enjoyment and nerves as I anticipated delving into university life. Now, as a second-year undergrad, I wish to hand down some words of knowledge to assist you maximize your exciting very first week!


Relocating day can be challenging, once your things are unpacked, you’ll begin to feel Durham becoming your 2nd house. Although I have actually been guilty of this myself, you do not have to bring whatever however the kitchen area sink to uni, specifically if you need to take a trip through train or aircraft. There’s no requirement for pans or extreme dishware when residing in catered college lodging. Attempt not to load your entire closet if you’re a shopaholic, like myself, who’s bound to grow their clothes collection whilst at uni. And remember, with Durham’s Market Square simply a fast leave, there is constantly the chance to purchase anything you might have forgotten.

I would advise bringing images and great design to make your space feel homely– this actually assisted me settle in in 2015. I likewise followed the traditional betters’ pointer of bringing a doorstop to welcome others on your passage to fulfill you whilst you unload. And naturally, bring cookies; using totally free food is an attempted and evaluated approach of making buddies!

Do not be terrified to walk around your college to fulfill others who are relocating– opportunities are they’ll be simply as worried as you! Be prepared with the common betters welcoming concerns of “Exactly what’s your name? Exactly what do you study? Where are you from?”– the responses to which you are not likely to bear in mind from everybody you fulfill, however they’re a strong discussion starter to relieve the nerves. By being positive and friendly you’re particular to discover some fantastic buddies throughout your very first week here. You’ll fulfill individuals from an entire variety of intriguing backgrounds. In spite of Durham’s top-quality requirements, do not be stressed that everybody will be classy and challenging, since that’s merely not the case!

More details on ‘Exactly what to give University’.

Betters’ fairs.

The University Freshers’ Fairs are occurring on Tuesday Second & Wednesday 3rd October in the Trainee Union structure and simply next door in Elvet Riverside– if you can, attempt to appear on both days as there will be various stalls. The Better’s Fairs host all Durham’s clubs and societies so you can see exactly what activities you elegant registering for. Durham Trainees’ Union uses over 200 various clubs and societies, in addition to Group Durham and college sports clubs, Durham Trainee Theatre’s 26 theatre business and Music Durham’s 79 societies– plus Trainee Neighborhood Action’s 84 offering tasks! From sports clubs to specific niche groups like the Shine and Chocolate societies, there is definitely something for everybody and remember to get the cool giveaways too!

Do not be terrified to register for something brand-new; it’s a wonderful chance to attempt something various, find brand-new interests and fulfill similar individuals from other colleges. And if it ends up that you do not take pleasure in the society, do not fret, you can simply attempt something else!

Colleges likewise host their own Betters’ Fairs to promote college-run clubs and socieities, so watch out for these too, you’ll be surprised at what does it cost? happens with your college.


Admission is a wonderful experience where you feel really invited as a trainee into Durham University. The stunning Durham Cathedral plays host to the University-wide Admission events that happen throughout the day on Wednesday of Induction Week. One undergrad and one postgraduate trainee from each college sign the Admission book throughout the event on behalf of the brand-new consumption of each college. Using your dress and delighting in the terrific service makes your preliminary university experience feel a bit like Hogwarts, in the very best possible method! Colleges likewise hold their own college-based Enlistings events, in addition to the University one, where each brand-new trainee indications the college book and formally ends up being a member of their college.

Department inductions.

Think it or not, Induciton Week isn’t really everything about hanging out, there are Departmental Invite and Induction sessions too … you are here for a degree after all! These sessions frequently detail your course schedule and offer you a great idea of exactly what to anticipate in your very first year of research study. You likewise get the opportunity to fulfill the academics and other members of personnel in your department; however I make certain you’ll be pleased to hear that lectures do not begin till your 2nd week. Betters’ associates and other trainees will be more than delighted to point you in the ideal instructions for your induction sessions, so do not fret about getting lost; you’ll discover your method around prior to you understand it.

Online Coordinator.

Utilize the Online Coordinator to produce your very own customised schedule of occasions and activities for Induction Week. Just choose your College, Course and Level of Research study, to learn where you have to be and exactly what you’ll be doing throughout your very first week in Durham.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 of Lizzies blog site with more details on exactly what to anticipate throughout Induction Week … #DurhamDays.

Always remember to enter our #DurhamDays Instagram competitors beginning 26 th September, simply tag your images for a possibility to win a reward!

Lizzie English.

Hi, I’m Lizzie, a future second-year undergrad at St. John’s College, studying Biomedical Sciences. My other enthusiasms consist of photography, flute, painting and Zumba. Some might state I’m wacky, with a substantial collection of plants and polaroids, in addition to an animal parrot!

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