Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University

Online Course

Future Learn
Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University

What is the course about?

Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University
The course Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University is an online class provided by University of Reading through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Prepare for the transition to higher education and think about the life skills for living at university and beyond.

Course description
  • Get ready for university life and make the most of your time as a student
  • 3 weeks
  • What do you think university life is like?
  • You probably have many questions about what to expect. This course will help you prepare for the best possible start, wherever you go.
  • You’ll hear practical advice on how to navigate university life from current students and staff as they give you an insight into the expectations vs reality, what support will be available, and common questions about what’s ahead.
  • Live Smart will help you to start making plans so that you can
    set goals for your future and build on the life skills that will help
    you make the most of your time at university and beyond.
  • What is Higher Education?
  • Discovering the difference between Further Education and Higher Education
  • Understanding what an academic community is and how you’re part of it
  • Knowing the people around you
  • Practicalities: Accommodation, budgeting, food
  • Socialising: What’s available for you
  • Networking and developing connections in and out of uni
  • Wellbeing: Exploring the support and resources available at university
  • Work/life balance
  • Gaining and developing your personal and professional skills
  • Finding opportunities in and out of university
  • Knowing how you can make the most of your experience at uni
  • Explain the difference between further education and higher education to understand what is expected of a university student
  • Demonstrate knowledge of managing personal finances when it comes to researching accommodation, food and working with budgets
  • Contribute to online discussions about shared experiences to help deepen their understanding and further their knowledge
  • Improve personal and professional skills to gain confidence in and out of university
  • Explore the type of support and resources available to students at their chosen university
  • Develop life skills and tools that will help build independence and resilience for university life and beyond
  • This course is designed for anyone considering or soon to be enrolling at university.
  • Parents and supporters may also find this course useful to gain
    a better understanding of what living at university entails, and
    the sources of support that are available to students throughout their undergraduate career.
  • University of Reading
  • The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

Prerequisites & Facts

Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University

Course Topic

Study Skills

University, College, Institution

University of Reading

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / University of Reading you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
University of Reading
Live Smart: Your Essential Guide to Living at University
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