Leaving care and starting university are both times when you'll hear a lot about the need to learn independence. But nobody is completely independent: we all need a support network around us. Between the support your university provides and the friends you will make, you can build up a network that can support you whatever problems arise.
Try and identify one or two key people you can go to for support within these groups. Never feel you can't ask for help or share something you are worried about. Remember, you'll be a source of support for your friends, too – in fact, they may feel more comfortable asking you for help if they know you trust them enough to ask theme.
With so many new people at university, it can be difficult to know how to meet people. One way is to join societies or clubs for things your are passionate about, or something new that you're interested in trying. The big advantage of this is that your shared interest you'll always have something to talk to new people about. You can usually find out which societies a university has on the university's student union homepage, at the fresher’s fair when you arrive or by using Propel to access the university's homepage.
Try to go to the one of the first society events of the year if you can – there will normally be lots of new people starting, so you won't feel like everyone else knows each other already. If you can't make it, though, don't worry: most university societies are friendly and keen to make new people feel welcome.
There may be a number of different people you can talk to about different things, which can be confusing. Remember, it's better to talk to the wrong person than to say nothing: even if they can't help, they can direct you to someone who can. Similarly, if you don't feel comfortable talking to the person who would normally deal with your situation, you can go to someone else and ask them to help you. They may be able to intervene on your behalf, for example.
If you're not sure where to go with a problem, student services is a good place to start: they will know all the different resources that are available and who to talk to about them. Because they deal with so many students every year, they will probably have dealt with a similar problem to yours before, even if it's complicated.
For example, you will still be able to use the university's careers resources to help you with finding job opportunities and writing your CV. Most universities have lots of online resources you can access, which is useful if you will no longer be living nearby.
Many universities also offer continuing support specifically for care leavers. You can find out what different universities offer on Propel, or talk to your key contact about it before you leave.