There is no special study module for learning to be a university GP, but if there was, then several lectures would definitely have to cover ‘Flatmate Related Issues’. I have lost count (in over 20 years as a GP) of how many students I saw because they were struggling with, or causing concern to, their co-habiting peers. The common stress caused by living with someone else’s noise, mess, obnoxious behaviour, or unofficial ‘live-in lover’, was matched only by the occasional distress caused by living with a flatmate’s spiralling mental health problems. There is no doubt that when young adults leave home and start living with other young adults (often strangers) interesting and sometimes difficult situations can arise.
At Unite Students, we have spent years helping young people to thrive in new situations and supporting them as they make the ‘Leap’ into university – a huge transition from home life to independent living that may often be taken for granted. Our insight reports have identified significant gaps in student expectations vs. the reality of student living. To help young people to close this expectation gap, we have developed Leapskills, a programme designed to introduce young people to student life scenarios and provoke group discussion on conflict resolution and problem solving whilst giving a general insight into independent living. The journey started a couple of years ago when we partnered with IntoUniversity to start delivering our Leapskills sessions to young people who are interested in going to university. To celebrate today’s endorsement of Leapskills by the Department for Education we caught up with IntoUniversity to hear what they thing about the programme two years on.
We are very pleased to announce that we have launched The Student Wellbeing In Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Guide, co-created by ourselves and other British Property Federation (BPF) members. The guide has also been endorsed by the Department for Education.