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Staying well at uni

We know that students starting university say they are stressed out, worried about how they look and have no idea how to use a washing machine. 

But don't worry if you're one of them because our experts and students are on hand with advice on dealing with stress and anxiety.

91.5% feel stressed or anxious frequently or sometimes

A survey by Birmingham City University of new undergraduates found 91% of the new arrivals reported periods of stress or anxiety in their lives in the months or years before arriving at university.

74.5% worry about how they look, sometimes or a lot

Three quarters said they worry about how they look and forty five per cent said they had been concerned about their mental health, either a little or a lot (11%).

It found students are also far more concerned about family and education than anything else in their life, suggesting the age of the responsible student is upon us.

45% are or have been concerned about their mental health
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Five Top Tips

Birmingham City University’s Student Affairs issued five tips on putting their mental health first:

Those Top Tips:

  • Connect – spend time developing relationships.
  • Be active – make simple things like walking or cycling part of your life.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills, such as cooking or playing a musical instrument can give you a boost.
  • Giving – from a kind word to volunteering, giving can aid your mental wellbeing.
  • Take notice – call it ‘mindfulness’ if you like, but knowing how you feel right now can help you to cope.
60% of those who have just started living independently have 'rarely or never done' their own laundry
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Washing top tips

The wide-ranging poll of 538 students saw ‘family’ top the poll of the most important thing in respondents’ lives, followed closely by education. Shopping, socializing, sports and the internet trailed a long way behind.

For many, however, the age of the responsible student doesn’t extend to washing their own clothes. Among those new arrivals at Birmingham City University who are about to live independently for the first time, a sizable 60% have ‘rarely or never’ done their own laundry.

Student advice on staying well

Our students and recent graduates offer their advice on how to manage stress.

Amy Huggett, Fine Art (BA Hons)
Amy Huggett
Oliver Rossetti – BSc (Hons) Film Technology and Special Effects, Graduated 2014
Oliver Rossetti
Nasrin Akhtar, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Graduated 2013
Nasrin Akhtar

Want more advice?

More of our students will be taking to social media on Wednesday 5 November to give their tips.
Why not get involved in the conversation?