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Starting University in 2023: A Guide to Online Learning, Student Loans, and Student Life

Starting university is an extremely exciting time but it can also be daunting. There’s so much to learn and do, and it can be hard to know where to start in terms of getting prepared and ready for student life. This blog post is designed to help you navigate the challenges and opportunities of joining higher education. 

Online Learning in 2023

In 2023, more and more students are choosing to take online or on-demand university classes. Online learning has many benefits, such as flexibility, convenience, and the ability to do other commitments alongside university, such as a part-time job. However, there are also some challenges, such as staying motivated and avoiding distractions. 


Here are some tips for succeeding in online university classes: 

  • Create a studying schedule and stick to it. Having a routine and set times when you work will make studying easier to stick to.
  • Attend all classes and participate in discussions.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Use online resources such as online libraries and available materials to your advantage.

Here are some tips for staying motivated when online learning:

  • Set up a dedicated study space where you can focus without distractions. This means having a desk or flat surface that you can comfortably work on, and an appropriate office chair or something to sit at that is supportive and sturdy.
  • Study with other people on your course. Learning with other people is fun, and encouragement and collaboration are effective ways to stay motivated when not in the classroom.

Student Loans

Student loans can help those who want to attend university by financially assisting them whilst they are in higher education. If you’re considering applying for a student loan, it’s essential to do your research and understand the terms and conditions.

How to apply

To see if you are eligible for student finance, you can visit the Student Finance for Undergraduates: Overview – GOV.UK ( website. Some of the terms and conditions of student loans have changed, such as the repayment period and the minimum threshold of repayments, so make sure you read through the relevant information carefully and see what applies to you and your situation.

Student Life

University is a time to explore your interests, meet new people, and have fun. There are many different ways to get involved in student life, such as joining clubs and organisations, participating in intramural sports, or volunteering. Extracurricular activities are also good for your mental health, providing spaces to build friendships, commonalities and have fun with other like-minded people.

Here are some tips for making the most of your time at university:

  • Get involved on campus.

From sports events to art clubs, attending your campus events is a guaranteed way to meet people, socialise, and experience student life.

  • Take advantage of all the resources that your university has to offer.

Whether it’s private 1-to-1 sessions with your academics when you need extra help, to online library access, immersing yourself in everything that the university provides is the best opportunity to experience a well-rounded student life.

  • Meet new people and make friends.

University is one of the best places to make new friends and meet people from all over the world. Diversity and inclusion are top priorities at university, allowing you to meet people from many different backgrounds and experience new cultures that you might not have had the opportunity to get involved with before.

  • Have fun!

Alongside studying your course, university is also about self-exploration, finding new hobbies, doing new activities, and having fun! Find out what you like and what you don’t like and give yourself a chance to grow and develop as a person, whether this is finding a new hobby, or getting involved in entrepreneurship in your spare time!


Starting university can seem daunting, but it is a very rewarding experience. By following the tips in this blog post, you can set yourself up for a successful and positive student life! 

Why not read our other blog on why London is one of the top student cities, or head to our Instagram to watch a Day in the Life video of one of our students at @regentcollegehe? 



Further information

For additional information on student finance, visit the Student finance for undergraduates: Overview – GOV.UK ( web page. If you are considering studying with Regent College London this year, follow the link below to browse our courses.