ALSS Buddies - new students

Welcome to ALSS Buddies

Starting life at university is a very exciting time and represents a great achievement. The experience is different for everyone, but making friends with a current student can help you clear up any questions you have and make the most of your first few weeks with us.

By signing up for our Buddy Scheme you'll have the chance to make contact with a Year 2 or 3 student who has already gone through many of the experiences you are about to have, and who will do their best to help you settle into university life, whether you're based on our Cambridge or Chelmsford campus.

What can a Buddy do for me?

If you sign up for our Buddy scheme, we will match you with a Year 2 or 3 student, preferably from your own course and with similar interests, as far as we are able. All our Buddies are trained in how best to help and communicate advice to new students, and have signed up because they are friendly people and, based on their own experience, would like to help our new students.

Your Buddy can:

  • contact you by email before you start, so you can ask any final questions you might have before you arrive
  • meet you during Welcome Week and show you around your campus
  • tell you about our University and the Student Services
  • tell you about the Student 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.

Your Buddy can’t:

  • help you with your academic assignments (they can help you find the right person and service to provide support)
  • get involved in personal difficulties (they can sign-post you to our many support services and support you with this)
  • help you financially (they will help you find support and advice).

Your Buddy's aim is to welcome you and make sure your start here is a great one.

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