Top tips for your first day at College

While we hope that you’re excited for your first day at College and looking forward to meeting lecturers and making new friends, we understand that your first day can feel a little nerve-racking.

Making sure you are prepared for your first day of term will help to calm your nerves. We’ve put a list of tips together to help you prepare and give you an idea of what to expect:

Remember that things might feel a little strange at first. 

Truro and Penwith College campuses will look different this year, with measures in place that are in line with government advice. Although this might feel a bit strange, these measures have been introduced to make sure you can return to face-to-face learning safely.

Watch the video below to find out more.


Remember to bring a mask.

You must bring a clean mask with you and carry it in a clear plastic bag or wallet. We strongly advise that you use your mask when moving through corridors and on College buses. You are also encouraged to wear them in classrooms and study areas. As per government guidelines, you must wear a mask if you are taking public buses, in College shops and at takeaway outlets. 

Bring your own hand sanitiser and equipment.

There are lots of hand sanitiser stations around campus, but it’s important that you also carry your own hand sanitiser with you at all times and wash your hands regularly during the day. You will also need to bring your own pens, pencils and calculator, as well as anything else you will need for your course such as personal art equipment or headphones.

Buy your bus pass ahead of your first day!

If you’re planning to use College buses it’s really important that you purchase your College bus pass ahead of your first day. Buses will be busy; students with a valid bus pass will be prioritised and we are using these to estimate numbers and avoid overcrowding. You can find out more about our bus passes and where to purchase them here. You’ll be able to collect your bus pass on your first day of term. Timetables for College bus routes are now available online here

Bus stop at Truro College

Wear something comfortable and bring a backpack

Deciding what to wear on the first day can often be a painstaking decision but whatever you decide to wear, comfort is key! Our campuses are large, and you may be walking further then you’d expect so it’s important you wear a comfortable pair of shoes. The unpredictable Cornish weather can often mean rain is likely, so bring a waterproof jacket too. A sturdy backpack is also ideal for carrying everything you may need. 

There's lots of choice for lunch. 

After a morning of lectures and meeting new friends, you will have worked up an appetite. There are loads of catering facilities on-site which we operate a cashless payment system for. You’ll need to bring some cash or your debit card with you on your first day so you can upload money to your student ID card at one of our many payment points, before buying your lunch. A lot of the facilities also accept debit card. College catering outlets will be open but are only offering a takeaway service. Your tutor, who you will be introduced to on your first day, will let you know where you can have your lunch.

It's normal to feel a little overwhelmed. 

While the College may seem a lot bigger than your school, don’t worry as there are plenty of places around the College where you can grab a moment to yourself. Our Student Services team are a great bunch if you do have any worries, or just want to have a chat with someone. You can also discuss any concerns with your Tutor.

You can purchase stationary from the College shop.

If there is something you have forgotten on your first day, don’t panic. Our College Shop is great for purchasing any supplies you may need for your lessons and contains equipment for lots of different courses.

Remember to enjoy yourself!

While your first day can feel daunting, everyone at Truro and Penwith College is really friendly and we’re here to support you and make sure you get the most out of your College experience. We know that you’ll be in the swing of things before you know it.

From everyone at Truro and Penwith College, we’re wishing you good luck for you first day of term and we can’t wait to welcome you!