First-year undergraduate

First year is an exciting time, but it can also be confusing and daunting. With the help of the resources on this page - as well as support from your department, personal tutor and transition mentor - you will get off to a great start that will set you up for a rewarding time at UCL. Don't forget that university isn't just the sum of your formal learning, there are so many more opportunities on offer to you that we hope we can help you discover here. 

What to expect in your first year

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Find essential information on what to expect from a university-level education.

Get off to a good start

Student Blogs

Eight top tips to get you off to a good start in your first year.

Your first assignment


Simple steps to help you tackle your first assignment.

Develop your study skills

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Tips, advice, and opportunities for academic skills development

Support for assessments

Link to Late summer assessments

Support and resources to help you tackle your assignments and exams. 

Other development opportunities

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Find out about the other opportunities to develop your skills at UCL.

Next steps at UCL

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Module choice, careers and planning your summer early.

Get help when you need it

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Make sure you look after your health and wellbeing, and access the correct support. 

Feedback and suggestions

A huge thank you to Lily Weilar, a second-year undergraduate student, for helping curate the content for first-year undergraduates. 

Got feedback or suggestions for resources? Would you like to create some content to help other students transition to university and make the most of their first year? Contact Abbie King in the UCL Arena Centre. We are also keen to hear from staff if you have comments or suggestions.