Top Ten Tips for a Successful Start to the Year

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If you’re new to Strathclyde, welcome! If you’re a returning student, welcome back! Now that ‘Fresher’s Week’ Week’ is over, it’s time to get to work. We’ve put together a list of essential things to do to help you hit the ground running. Even if you’re entering your third, fourth or fifth year of study with us, some of the links below will have new information for you.


  1.  Check out the Strathlife pages
    You’ll find all sorts of useful information about the University, your course and student life

  2. Get to know MyPlace and PEGASUS
    You will use MyPlace for signing up for tutorials, submitting coursework, accessing lecture notes and course information, group discussions and much more. Get full details at the MyPlace Student Support pages.  PEGASUS is the University’s intranet for other services including online registration, campus maps and free software downloads. It’s also where you’ll find your exam results. Log in at using your University username and password. You can access Pegasus on mobile devices using the Strathclyde app.

  3. Make sure you have enrolled for classes
    On some courses, you will need sign up for tutorials, seminar groups and labs. Your department will give you more information, and for most courses you can sign up through MyPlace.
  4. Sort out your email and campus WiFi 
    University services and departments will contact you via your University email account. If you don’t check it regularly, you may miss out on vital communications about your course. You can set up access via a mobile device, or forward your emails to another account that you check regularly. For more information on your student email account and how to access on-campus WiFi visit the Information Services pages for students.

  5. Get to know the support available for you
    Download a copy of the Student Experience Services booklet for sources of advice on everything from health, finance, study skills and careers to accessing student services.
  6. Open a student bank account
    If you already have one, ask your bank about their student account deals. If you need to open an account, you will need a letter from the University which you can get from Student Lifecycle Services via Pegasus (look under the “Personal” tab). If you’re an International Student these pages will tell you more about banking in the UK.
  7. Register with a doctor and update your address
    New to Glasgow? Make sure you’re registered with a local doctor (GP) at your current address. If you are already registered, be sure to update your address with your GP’s surgery. Being registered with a local GP means access to healthcare services is easier and quicker. For more information see the Student Health web pages .
  8. Think about how you study
    It takes time to learn how to study effectively. If you’re new to university, degree level study will be very different from anything you’ve done before. If you’re starting an honours year or postgraduate course, you will be taking your studies to a whole new level. Check out the self-help materials from the Study Skills service or book on a workshop to learn more. The Maths Skills Support Centre can help you improve your mathematics performance at whatever level you find yourself. Drop in for supported study or check out their self-help materials on line and on MyPlace.
  9. Think about money
    Plan how much money you’ll need to cover essentials like rent and food and make sure you’re taking advantage of student discounts. For more information about financial help, visit the Student Financial Support web pages. If you’re a full-time student and need a letter confirming your status for Council Tax purposes, you can order one by logging in to Pegasus and looking under the ’Personal‘ tab.
  10. Get to know the library and Information Services
    The Library doesn’t just stock books and journals, and there are loads of services available for students through Information Services – download their booklet.