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Living with us | Live your best ResLife

Living with us | Live your best ResLife

by Susie Woods

Living away from home for the first time, learning new life skills and making new friends, can feel like a daunting prospect. That’s why we’ve developed ResLife.

In this blog – part of our ‘Living with Us’ series – we’ve focused on the network of support ResLife provides for our first-year students.

Find out how our programme builds a sense of community in our University-owned and managed partnership accommodation, so when you join us, you’ll feel like you belong.

 

Our ResLife teams

Based across our three student villages at Castles Leazes, Kensington/Park and Park View, our ResLife teams work to make sure you get the support and guidance you need for a fantastic start to your University journey with us.

Each team is made up of a ResLife Co-ordinator and Student Assistants – students who have lived in our University accommodation and can draw on their own experiences to support you.  

Our teams also work closely with other University services, signposting to: Student Health and Wellbeing, Students’ Union (NUSU), Student Services, Careers Service, Library Service, and our Writing Development Centre.

 

Our ResLife programme

Our Reslife programme has been developed so it offers a great mix of support, advice and opportunities to make new friends and some amazing memories:

  • ResLife ‘Hacks’ – from tips on budgeting, cooking, cleaning and doing your laundry, to getting on with your household and looking after your health. Develop skills for life with these free weekly sessions.
  • Fun social events – meet new people and make new friends. Take part in competitions and quiz nights, cook-along events, arts and crafts workshops, ‘Rant/Vent/Study’ group sessions and much more! On ‘Free Fridays’ you can request the event or activity you’re interested in.
  • ResLife Connect – whether you’re missing home, worried about your studies or just need someone to talk to, you can book an informal session to chat to one of our friendly team. 
  • ‘How to’ videos – so you know how to use all the amenities in your new home.
  • Vlogs and podcasts – keeping you up to date with everything you need to know in your first year.
  • ResActionNewcastle University is a global leader in sustainable development and you can be part of our commitment to reduce our environmental impact through our Reslife swap shops, upcycling events, climate-related quizzes, movie nights, competitions and more.

And when your first year is over and you’re ready to move into private sector accommodation, Reslife will support you through our Find a Flatmate scheme, helping you find the perfect flatmates to share with.

 

Covid-19

Although most Covid-19 restrictions for England lifted in July 2021, we know how quickly things can change. If the public health situation deteriorates and restrictions need to tighten, our Outbreak Response Plan and the steps we’ve put in place will make sure our students have a safe and fulfilling university experience. More information is available here.

 

Want to know more about our fantastic Accommodation Service? Then don’t miss the other blogs in our ‘Living with Us’ series. Read Molly’s story to find out what it’s really like to live in University accommodation; access top tips on choosing university accommodation and finding your home for home with us; and get to know the Accommodation teams that will support you when you join us.