Student ambassadors: Who they are and how you can get involved

05 Aug 2020
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

It’s pretty hard to miss our student ambassadors. They’re the people dressed in bright yellow t-shirts who usually have a beaming smile on their faces.

But who are these friendly people who keep trying to talk to you? How can they make a difference to your student life? And is there a way you can get involved?

Let’s take a few minutes to break it down.

What are student ambassadors?

A student ambassador is a current student that has been recruited to support anyone that’s moving in with Unite Students. You’ll find them based at many of our properties, and they’ll be on-hand to help you settle in throughout your first few months.

What do student ambassadors do?

Their main aim is to make sure you feel at home and have the information you need to succeed while living with Unite Students. This can take many forms, including:

  • Answering questions about student life and the local area
  • Welcoming new students as they arrive on check-in days
  • Encouraging students to get involved with others
  • Organising and hosting online events for new students (or in-person events if social distancing allows)
  • Helping Unite Students at university open days
  • Taking on additional responsibilities on an ad hoc basis

How can a student ambassador help me?

For a start, they’re a great source of information. Want to know where the nearest supermarket is? They’ll know. Or how about the quickest way to get to campus? Got that covered. Can’t find the laundry room? A student ambassador can help with that.

Aside from sharing information, you may see them on your check-in day. They’ll be on hand to help with any queries, offer advice and generally help your day go as smoothly as possible.

In the weeks that follow move-in day, student ambassadors also organise social events in order to help you settle in and meet new people. These may look a little different to the past few years because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but they’ll still be going ahead, either online or with social distancing in place.

How can I become a student ambassador?

If you’re confident, like meeting new people and enjoy being helpful, you might be perfect for a student ambassador role. Applications are open now in many of our cities.

This is a paid role that’s likely to run from September to February, though there may be further opportunities later in the year. To find out more, click here.

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Staff writer at The Common Room