Coping with living in a new environment

  • PhDs are inherently lonely because you will be studying in a specific – perhaps niche – area that few other people will know about. Thus, establishing a community around you in your research group, department or across the University is vital for many students. The Students’ Union, Library, PG  Hub, REx, Graduate School and Office for Global Engagement host events throughout the calendar year geared towards community building in the postgraduate body.
  • Join a society and/or a sports club (or as many as you like!). Attend one of the taster sessions, and make sure you go back a second time to test how well you fit in and enjoy it.
  • There are specific sporting events for postgrads and staff members that run during lunch time and the evenings to fit in with busy schedules. Take a look at the Warwick Sport website for more guidance on how to get involved.
  • Run for a position in the autumn elections of the Students’ Union such as a position on the Postgrad Exec or as International Officer.
  • Go and support Team Warwick at the weekly sport fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon – it will be a great bonding experience with your friends!
  • Eat well. Take part in the Students’ Union recipe share and brush up on your culinary skills. Maybe even cook a group meal for your flatmates in the first week and keep it a tradition! Healthy food is cheaper than takeaway food, surprisingly – so it pays off to eat well and often.
  • Check out ‘PhD Comics’ for relatable humour.