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Student Services January 14 Day Countdown

Things to do in isolation

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Day 2: Meeting new people

Normally you would be meeting lots of people in the first couple of weeks at the University but this year the pandemic might make it more difficult to form relationships with your peers. 

Today we will look at some ways that you can meet other people and get involved in some of the many societies we have in the University. Whether you live in our Halls of Residences or in private accommodation there are lots of suggestions on this page for getting to know people. 

Living accommodation


Students who are staying in Residences will form 'households' according to Government guidance. 

Check this guidance regularly as it will be subject to change, possibly at short notice.

Your flat is your household and the University does its best to make sure you're allocated with people who are of similar ages, and match any preferences you might have provided. If this isn't working out for you see the Residences web page for Guidance

Some to talk to

Do you need to talk to someone in the University?

If you are in isolation and have no-one to talk to, look at some of the suggestions on this page for how to  meet other people virtually. We realise this might be difficult for some people to do but it's important not to be alone during isolation. 

There  is plenty of support available to you across the University and people you can talk to about any issues you might be having.:

Virtual campus - blended learning

Find out what your campus looks like

At the moment it looks as if we will all be operating in a virtual campus or a blended learning environment for a while yet. Although you might not have the opportunity to explore campus areas for a while, you can use our virtual and 360 degrees aerial tours Around campus to see what your City Campus looks like and a list of services that are available to you.  

Guide on social distancing on campus

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Dundee University Culture blog

Are you a blogger, or would like to be? 

Dundee University Culture Blog has over 400 posts about cultural activity at the University to browse through. They welcome content - why not tell them about anything you are doing - drawing, writing, playing music, making things - send photos or a blog or film to

Apps and communications

Virtual Meetings

There are lots of apps that will let you meet up virtually and you will probably be used to using apps such as Zoom or Teams already. 

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You can use Teams through your UoD account. Some of  the teaching delivery might also be through Teams so it's a good idea to become familiar with it. See this page for information on setting up and using Teams and about working and studying remotely.

If you are staying in Residences, when you accepted your offer you will have been directed to join the Facebook page for your site and for ResLife (which is the Official University of Dundee Residence Life Events and Activities - bringing students in Residences together as a Community). 

If you don't use Facebook and need to contact Residences, email or or your Student Support Assistant (If you are in Residences you'll find contact details on the poster in your kitchen).

Who are you

Who are you?

Spending 14 days alone can be tough, but it might also have offered you some valuable time for reflection.

Just like University is a great time to meet new people, it can also be a really exciting opportunity to get to know yourself better. Why not take advantage of the first day of your self-isolation to do this quiz?

16 Personalities Quiz

This quiz measures four different aspects of your personality and generates a personality profile based on the Myers-Briggs personality types. The quiz won't get everything right, of course, but it can act as a springboard for deeper self-reflection. 

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Looking for something less serious? Buzzfeed's methods are slightly less scientific, but equally entertaining!

Go to the Buzzfeed quiz

You might be flat sharing for the first time which can also be tough - get your flatmates to do them too and compare results and maybe learn more about each other!

LEARN Smart LIVE Smart

LIVE Smart and LEARN Smart

Just Starting will  give you lots of ideas on how to make friends, become part of the academic community and you can also find out how to get involved in your education through Student Engagement.

Your Student Community looks at the University's diverse community

Meeting People Sway

To open a fully accessible version or Word/PDF versions use this link

Institute for Sport and Exercise (ISE)


The Institute of Sports and Exercise is a centre of research and also a great way to meet new people and get fit at the same time. Keep up to date with their News 

ISE Building

Connected Community

Connected Community

You are part of a unique, connected community: what you do outside of your studies is just as important as what you do while learning. Find out more about how you can get involved in extra-curricular activities.

Follow the UoD Student blog

Multicultural Awareness

Intercultural Awareness

In a multicultural world, most of us need at least some intercultural awareness skills every day.

Visit Skills You Need

World globe
For more like this see LIVE Smart  Interpersonal Communication

Friends International

Friends International

A Christian charity that works in partnership with universities, churches and other organisations, offering their services to international students and research workers of any faith or none.

Friends International Homepage

Friends International Facebook page


DUSA is the University's student union. 

Wherever you are studying, whether it's on campus or online, find out about your student union and how you can get involved with the Student Rep system.

Watch this video from the University Rector, Jim Spence. (Duration 01:20) to find out about DUSA societies online and the latest status on their services. 

English for International Students (EIS)

English for International Studies Wellbeing Community on Microsoft Teams

EIS offer a wellbeing community in Teams where you can get support or offer it to fellow International students.

Request to join

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Living in shared accommodation during COVID-19 outbreak

Studying at home during COVID-19 outbreak

Looking after your wellbeing

MSOffice 365/Yammer

Microsoft 365 Uod Forum

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This guide was created by the Academic Skills Centre, a part of Student Services. You can contact us at