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Year 10 University Survival Guide

University Survival Guide

Can you survive three days of university life?

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Find out if you can survive three days and two nights as a student at university by University Survival Guide from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 June 2018.

This residential event is completely free of charge and will give Year 10 pupils a taste of what student life is really like. You'll spend time on campus and stay in University accommodation. The programme will include a host of fun activities, subject tasters and social events enabling you to meet current undergraduate students and learn more about studying at university.

USG will help you to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to go to university and find out more about the range of subjects available - it's nothing like school!

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be allocated a place.

Please note applications for University Survival Guide have now closed!

Yellow circle with summer school written in black


All places on USG will be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.

USG is primarily aimed at students who are on track to receive five GCSEs at grade A*/9 to C/4. However, if undersubscribed we still welcome applications from students who may not achieve these grades but meet our residential event eligibility.

View full details of our eligibility criteria, which include:

  • Home postcode
  • School/college
  • Experience of local authority care
  • Whether an applicant is in receipt of, or entitled to, Free Schools Meals and/or discretionary school/college payments, which are directly related to financial hardship
  • Ethnic minority group
  • Registered disability

The teacher that you provide on the application form will confirm your eligibility.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us.


Please note the application deadline was of 12:00, Friday 23 March 2018.

Places will now be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.

If you have submitted an application for this event, you will be notified of the outcome by the end of April 2018. We will also inform parents and nominated teachers of application outcomes. 

Event Information

Here you will find all of the information you need to know before attending USG.

‌Event Programme‌‌‌

Have a look at the Event Programme 2018  and see what you will be doing at USG!

Student Handbook

Please read the Student Handbook 2018 before attending USG. It is a good idea to print this document and bring it along with you for reference.

Social Media

Keep up-to-date with the latest USG info by following our @NCLsummerschool accounts on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter and keep in touch using the #NCLsurvival.‌

Information Evening

The USG Information Evening took place on Wednesday 23 May 2018, 6.00pm - 7.30pm.

The evening provided information about USG, including specific details of arrangements including:

  • background information on USG and its benefits
  • an explanation of the programme including subject taster sessions, Personal Development sessions and evening activities
  • a Student Rep perspective: current Newcastle University Students who will be working on this event
  • practicalities: what you need to bring and aspects of the code of conduct

If you were unable to attend, the Information Evening Presentation 2018 slides are now available to download.

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.


USG is organised and delivered by a trained team of University staff, available 24 hours a day. Students are divided into groups of 10, and each group is led by two trained Student Representatives.

Child Protection and Risk Assessment

Before any student is accepted on to the Summer School, we ask for parental consent and permission from school staff. We also ensure that every student has signed and agreed to a specific code of conduct. All members of staff and Student Reps working on USG hold an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and are fully trained in Child Protection.

We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously and have a detailed USG Risk Assessment 2018 and ‌Child Protection Policy 2018.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the event, please contact us.

Cost & Travel

University Survival Guide (USG) is completely free. Everything is paid for by the University, including the social activities.

‌‌Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided free of charge. You may want to bring some spending money with you in case you want extra food or drinks at the social events, but we recommend that you do not bring more than £20 with you.

Arrival & Pick Up Location

Students should make their way to Castle Leazes Accommodation, Spital Tongues, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4NY in order to register at USG between 11am & 12.30pm. This location will also be where students will depart from at 4pm on Wednesday 27 June.

If students are arriving via train there will be Student Representatives in green, summer school branded t-shirts ready to meet them at the train station and accompany them onto our free shuttle bus service up to Castle Leazes. There will also be Student Representatives stationed at Haymarket Metro & Bus station and outside of the Great North Museum: Hancock. The free shuttle bus service will pick up from the bus stop outside of the Great North Museum: Hancock on Claremont Road on route to Castle Leazes.  

Travel expenses

We can buy your travel tickets for you once you have been allocated a place at the event and will select the most cost effective and time efficient mode of travel from your local area. If you would prefer to travel by car we can reimburse you at a rate of 45p per mile (for the first 200 miles, followed by 25p per mile for any mileage over 200 miles).

We will also reimburse your travel expenses to and from the event if you would prefer to purchase your own ticket, as long as you have  selected the most cost effective and time efficient method and provided you can produce a receipt for your travel.

If it costs you less than £20 to travel to USG, we will reimburse your costs in cash once you have registered. If it costs you £20 or more to travel to USG we can reimburse the cost by BACS to a bank account, either held by you or your parent(s)/carer(s). To do this we will need you to fill out the USG Travel Form 2018 and hand this in when you register at USG.

Please note, we can only book flight tickets from Bristol, Exeter or Southampton airports. If you are planning to travel to USG via plane you MUST contact us BEFORE you book your tickets to discuss your travel plans. If travel plans are made without prior discussions with the USG team we can not guarantee a reimbursement.

If you have any questions about travel expenses please contact us.