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Year 10 University Survival Guide

University Survival Guide

Can you survive three days of university life?

USG 2017 Masthead


Find out if you can survive three days and two nights as a student at University Survival Guide, from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June 2019.

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.


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.


Applications for USG 2019 have now closed.

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

Applicants will receive an outcome from their application in early April.

Event Information

Find out more about University Survival Guide 2019.

‌Event Programme‌‌‌

Have a look at the USG Timetable 2019‌ and see what you could be doing at USG!

Student Handbook

Before attending the summer school, make sure to have a read through the USG Student Handbook 2019.

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 for accepted students will take place on Wednesday 22 May 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm.

The evening will provide 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 are unable to attend, you will be able to access the presentation live and afterwards.

Information Evening - Live Q&A

For USG attendees who can't make it to campus for the event, we'll also be hosting a live Q&A chat session at the same time as the Information Evening.


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 2019 and Child Protection Policy 2019.

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

Cost & Travel

Newcastle University is closer than you think and attendance is completely free!


‌‌‌‌Everything is paid for by the University, including your accommodation, social activities, travel and all meals (we've even got snacks covered!). You may want to bring some spending money with you in case you want extra food or drinks at the social events, but it's not essential and we recommend that you do not bring more than £20 with you.

Travel expenses

Transport costs to get to and from Newcastle University are paid for by the summer school, regardless of where you live.

If your application to the summer school is successful, your transport will be booked for you in advance and posted to your home address. We will book the most cost and time effective mode of transport for you.

However, if you are local to the university and travelling by car or local bus/metro, any costs associated with local travel will be reimbursed to you upon arrival at the summer school. Terms and conditions do apply and these will be sent to successful applicants in due course.

How to Claim

To claim the reimbursement on your travel expenses, you must complete the USG Travel Expenses Form 2019 and bring it with you on the first day of the summer school. Make sure to bring proof of purchase too! Without this we will not be able to process your claim. If you're travelling by car, we will work out the reimbursement cost based upon distance from your home address to the University.

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