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georgina burchell

welfare, community & diversity

new students: welcome to buddy(su)

Your first day at university will probably consist of excitement, joy, anticipation and nerves, I know that mine certainly did. Starting university is incredibly exciting and marks the beginning of a truly transformative journey. Whether or not you are leaving home for the first time, your first week at university is like no other.  

It is perfectly normal to feel daunted by the prospect of university life, and at uea(su) we want to make this transition as easy as possible. Getting paired with a buddy volunteer through our buddy(su) scheme is an excellent way to do this. 

Our student volunteers were all once new to university and can answer any questions or queries you might have. Your buddy volunteer can show you around campus, guide you to the many activities and opportunities that are on offer, and help you to settle in, giving you their top tips and “life hacks” that helped them through their first semester at university.  

We want every new student to get the most out of their first few months at UEA, and that includes all new Undergraduates, Postgraduates, and all of our students who self-define as mature, disabled and BME. Whether you are living on campus or commuting from home, having access to the tools and information to help you jump into university life is a great way to begin your time at UEA.  

Whether it’s tips on cooking for yourself, wanting to know some great ways to make friends, or your feeling nervous to attend an activity alone, having a buddy is a great way to get rid of these anxieties and help you to adjust to university life.   

Signing up for a buddy is super easy and will take less than a minute to fill in our form. Buddy(su) is continuing to get bigger and better so come and be part of it. Sign up here today to be paired with a buddy volunteer! 

For more information or any questions about buddy(su), feel free to contact


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