Settling in, staying connected
Whether you are a new or returning students we want you to make the most of your student experience, support your wellbeing and help you settle into your student home here while you study with us.
COVID brings challenging times for us all, so it is really important that you are aware of the support available to help you settle into your student experience and stay connected to the University.
There is a range of detailed information on our moving forward microsite about how the University is operating during COVID-19.
Here you will find information on what support there is in relation to your student accommodation and student home.
I am living in Halls, what support is there for me?
Each LJMU Hall has a dedicated Accommodation Mentor to help new students living and settling into LJMU partner accommodation. They are a form of peer support and are the first point of contact for new students who may have concerns about their accommodation or any other aspects of their new student lives. They also act as signposts for the various University, Student Union and external services provided
Amy Hudson: Grand Central, Horizon Heights and AJH
Hi I’m Amy, I’m a level 4 Biology student. I wanted to become an Accommodation Mentor because I wanted to make sure students get support while living away from home
|Mari Williams: Grand Central, Horizon Heights and AJH
Hi my name is Mari. I am a 3rd year Accounting and Finance Student It’s important to make sure you have some time to relax, enjoy your hobbies and keep in touch with friends and family
|Caitlin Howell-Williams: Grand Central, Horizon Heights and AJH
I'm Caitlin a second year Zoology student from North Wales. As you may already know living with complete strangers can be quite daunting but I'm here to help you make the most out of living in halls!
|Jess Smallwood: Atlantic Point
Hi i'm Jess, I am currently doing my masters in Cosmetic Science at LJMU. I lived in halls during my first year at university and I am really glad I did because that is how I met one of my best friends. It also helped me become more independent and I liked that I knew there was always someone there if I needed it.
|Katie Friel: St. Lukes View
I’m a final year Geography student from Derry, Northern Ireland. I wanted to become an Accommodation Mentor to help other students settle in. I have lived in halls from first to third year and know it can be hard adapting to living away from home.
|Lizzie Sheridan: Moorfield, Cambridge Court and Cedar House
Hi, my name is Lizzie I’m in my 2nd year of a History of Art and Museum Studies. My top wellbeing tip for living in halls is to make sure that you have a routine (and lots of hot chocolate with marshmallows!)
|Aimee Wainwright: Glassworks and Hardman House
Hi I’m Aimee and I’m a Year 5 Drama Student. I think living in Halls is an amazing opportunity to meet new people as well as discovering yourself and learning to become more independent.
|Grace Annobil: Byrom Point, Apollo Court, St. Andrews Garden
Hi, my name is Grace. I’m currently doing my master’s in architectural engineering at LJMU. When I came to university I was a very shy person but through living in Halls, seeing my Accommodation Mentor and getting involved in university life helped me to settle in and really start to enjoy my time in Liverpool.
If you have a concern about your accommodation experience then please contact our Accommodation Advice team based within Student Advice and Wellbeing services. They can help you if you feel you are having issues settling in, getting on with flatmates or adjusting to life in Halls.
I live in a student house, what support is there for me?
We work with Liverpool Student Homes (LSH) who offer free, expert housing advice for all students. LSH help raise awareness of health, safety and community issues that can affect students in Liverpool. Check out their Community Guide which contains some important Covid precautions, safety messages from Merseyside Fire and Rescue and Merseyside Police, as well as other helpful tips from LSH to help ensure students feel safe as part of their community.
I’m struggling to settle in, what can I do?
It is totally normal to feel lonely and overwhelmed whether you are a new student or returning back to studies. You may feel that everyone on your social media feed is having a much better time than you, but be assured that what you are feeling is likely what others are experiencing too.
There is a wide range of support available. You’re not on your own at Liverpool John Moores University – there’s always someone on hand to help, advise and guide.
Speak to someone
It’s important to talk about how you are feeling, be it with a flatmate, Accommodation Mentor or one of our Student Advice and Wellbeing teams. Feeling lonely is very common and it can pass but if you don’t reach out to talk about it, the feelings may become worse.
Speak to our Wellbeing Team if you feel you need support with your wellbeing or mental health. They also offer a range of self-help information, tools and workshops to help you manage your wellbeing and deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, homesickness and anything else you may be going through.
Get to know the city
If you aren’t self-isolating due to Covid then start to enjoy the city of Liverpool and all it has to offer. As a student it is important to have a good work-life balance and take time to get to know the city, try new things and make new connections. This will really help your wellbeing and support you in making the most of your student experience.
Visit Liverpool has a wealth of info available about what is currently open and useful info on Covid-safe venues to visit.
Try something new
JMSU run a great range of events, society activities and more to help you find out more about LJMU and Liverpool life.
Student Advice and Wellbeing run a programme of events to support you and your wellbeing and this can also be a useful way to meet people, share experiences and realise you aren’t on your own.
Taking time to look after your wellbeing is so important. Make sure you stay physically active and take a break from online learning. Go for a walk in one of Liverpool’s many Green Spaces or register for your FREE gym membership
Volunteer and connect with the wider community
By giving some of your time and energy to volunteering you’ll be able to make a positive impact in your local community, help people in need and get involved in worthwhile causes that matter to you