Buddy Scheme

The Buddy Scheme seeks to help newly-arrived international students settle in to university life and the local area as easily and comfortably as possible.

Buddy Mentors are made up of second or third-year students (both UK and international), who want to help the new students find their feet.


Who is it for?

If you are a newly-arrived international student, then this scheme is for you!

For the first term of your university life, a Buddy Mentor will meet up with you (perhaps over a tea or coffee) to find out what you want from the scheme and how best they can guide you. While paired up, you will take part in a number of group or one-to-one chats.

If you feel like you need a Mentor for a longer period of time, it can be extended on a case-by-case basis.


What do the Buddies Do?

As well as providing valuable information to the new students, the Buddies organise events, such as games nights, movie nights and cultural dinners.

You can even join the Buddy Committee Team, to make suggestions of activities and trips for everyone!


How do I get a Buddy?

It is simple! Just complete this online form.

For more information, please send an email to [email protected] or [email protected].


Can I be a Buddy Mentor for someone?

Of course you can! First, please have a look at the role description for a Buddy. If you are interested in applying, then just fill out this form and email it to [email protected] and su.volu[email protected]. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to attend a training session, before you start mentoring.

Our Buddy Handbook provides details on how to be a great Mentor.