Making the most out of your student experience
University isn't just all about studying. We want you to have a happy and healthy few years with us. Find out more about how to best prepare for university, societies and sports, and campus life.
Achieving your potential
St Mary's University, in collaboration with the St Mary’s Students' Union, is committed to ensuring that you succeed in your studies and that you are able to develop academically, personally and professionally.
We are dedicated to your development of the physical, intellectual and spiritual potential and aim to foster equality of opportunity for all, creating create an inclusive community for all students and staff in accordance with our mission and values of Inclusiveness, Generosity of Spirit, Respect and Excellence.
However, in addition to the commitments from the University and the Students' Union, this also entails a commitment from yourself. This Charter sets out how we and the Students' Union will undertake this commitment but also what we expect from you.
Read our student charter to find out more about how you can achieve your potential.
Maximising your success
We've compiled everything you need to know to maximise your success here at St Mary's.
Read the guide
Societies and the Students' Union
Our Students' Union (SMSU) has a lot to offer. From anime and manga, to gaming, to roller skating, you're sure to find something to suit your interests. SMSU also have a vast number of sports clubs that you can join.
Find out more about clubs and societies
Sport at St Mary's
At St Mary’s, we aim to have a diverse offer that caters for a range of student needs. Whether you’re taking your first steps into recreational fitness activities, or you’re an international athlete seeking additional support, we have something for you.
Sport, health, and wellbeing is an important part of student life at St Mary's University. We offer a range of programmes to help students keep active and healthy, learn key developmental skills through various leadership opportunities, and make friends that could last a lifetime. Find out more about Sport at St Mary's.
Student Services offers advice, guidance, and pastoral care to all St Mary's students.
The Student Services Department operates a range of frontline support services for students. We provide advice, guidance and pastoral care to all students at St Mary's through the Accommodation Service, the Student Funding Service, and the Wellbeing Service (including disability, dyslexia, mental health, and counselling), as well as general advice and signposting.
Life on campus
Connecting to Campus WiFi
No doubt the first thing you’ll want to do as a new student is get online. Find out more about how to connect to our WiFi on campus.
We recommend that you connect to Eduroam for WiFi on campus. This will also allow you access to WiFi when you are visiting another institution that uses Eduroam.
You will be accessing different systems and software as part of your university studies. Find out more about technology requirements for incoming students to make sure you’re setup with the right technology and equipment to start your course.
Free software available to you
As a St Mary’s University student, you’ll have access to software licenced by the University, including:
- Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc)
- SPSS Statistics
- Texthelp Read and Write
Find out how to access and download the software.
Access to equipment on campus
Short-term loan laptops
There are laptops available on campus for short-term usage i.e., up to 6 hours during the day or overnight if borrowed after 5pm.
This is a 24/7 self-service and there are machines for short-term loan in the Library on the ground floor and the first floor.
Long-term loan laptops
You may be eligible for a long-term loan from the University while you are studying with us. Check if you meet the criteria.
Open access computers
There are open access computers (PCs and Macs) located in the Library for student use 24/7.
Careers and part-time jobs
The Careers Team support students finding opportunities:
- graduate level roles
- part-time job
- relevant work experience
- internship and placement opportunities
- temporary roles
What support do we offer?
- Make an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants to check your CV and application forms.
- Take a look at the extensive range of resources on our Careers Moodle.
- Book a one hour mock interview session with one of our Careers Consultants.
Jobs at St Mary's
Internet and specialist resources
The Hub - your one-stop shop for help
The Hub can help you with many aspects of university life.
How to access The Hub
The physical Hub is located in the Library and you can drop-in during opening hours for in-person support or call +44 20 8240 4061.
Opening hours (term time):
- Monday to Friday - 8:30am – 7pm
- Saturday - 11am – 5pm
- Sunday - closed.
Opening hours (non-term time):
- Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
- Saturday - closed
- Sunday - closed.
You can visit The Hub Online outside of these hours. The Hub Online will provide you help on IT, Library, Estates, Registry, and academic study support related issues.
If you are unable to find help via The Hub Online, you can log your queries, requests and issues through this and track the progress of them.