ALSS Buddies - new students

Students and staff at the ALSS Buddy tea party 2017

Welcome to ALSS Buddies

"This was a really positive experience for me - my buddy is such a lovely, friendly person and meeting a 3rd year student helped me feel welcome and settle in. Thank you!" ALSS Level 4 student.

The ALSS Buddy Scheme has been running successfully since 2016. This is your opportunity to get to know a 2nd or 3rd year student who has already been through the experience of starting here and can help you settle into university life, whether based in Cambridge or Chelmsford.

All undergraduate students in our faculty are automatically allocated a Buddy and all you need to do is sign up on SurveyMonkey. We can then share your email address with your Buddy so they can get in touch before you arrive. (The scheme is optional should you choose not to have a Buddy.)

Starting life at university is an exciting time and represents a great achievement. However, this experience can be both exciting and a bit daunting, so making friends with a current student can help clear up any questions and help you make the most of your first few weeks.

What can a Buddy do for me?

When you sign up for the Buddy scheme, we’ll match you with a 2nd or 3rd year student, preferably from your own course and with similar interests, as far as possible. All our Buddies are trained in how best to help and communicate advice to new students. They are expected to be friendly, approachable, reliable, trustworthy and knowledgeable about our University.

Your Buddy can:

  • contact you by email before you start, so you can ask any questions before you arrive
  • meet you during Welcome Week and show you around the campus
  • tell you about our University and the Student Services
  • tell you about the Students' Union, and clubs and societies on offer
  • tell you about events you can take part in
  • provide an insight into life in your new city
  • listen and help you when needed over the first weeks of the semester.

Your Buddy can’t:

  • help you with your academic assignments (but they can advise you on good practice, practical actions and study support)
  • get involved in personal difficulties (but they can listen, help refer you to our many support services and support you with this)
  • help you financially (but they can listen and will help you find support and advice).

Your Buddy's aim is to welcome you and make sure your start here is a good experience. You can sign up on SurveyMonkey.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please email us at