Freshers’ Week: The Ultimate Survival Guide

By Sophie-Anne Bradley on 19-09-2016
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You’ve spent the summer counting down the days until this week, you’ve probably brought way too much stuff with you and you’re probably extremely nervous about what the next 3 to 4 years has in store. But Fresher’s Week is finally here! You are officially a university student and are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. 

Moving in!
It’s time to unpack that Ikea stock pile you have been making in your house and unload it into your new accommodation for the year. It may be a bit hectic and stressful with all the rushing about, making sure you’ve got everything, and your mum will undoubtedly shed a tear, but it is also a very exciting time. You are now independent and have the to take care of yourself, make sure you claim your cupboard in the kitchen and your fridge space! 

Introduce yourself!
Get used to hearing “What’s your name?”, “Where are you from?”, “What course are you on?”, by the end of Freshers you’ll be reciting this in your sleep. But make sure you introduce yourself to everyone and get to know as many people as you possibly can. 

  


Explore your new city!
Once you have got acquainted with your new housemates take time out and explore your new city together. You’ll all be in the same boat and have just moved away from home for the first time to a brand new city so exploring will be a great way to bond with the people you’ll be living with for a year and scout out some places to go on nights out! 

Manage your money!
You may feel like Jordan Belfort when that student loan hits your bank account, but remember that it has got to last you until next term! Don’t go crazy and spend it all at once, the first few weeks will be a bit hectic with all the welcome events and buying uni supplies but once it has settled down a bit make sure you figure out a budget so you know how much spare cash you’ll have for nights out!
Check out this article for some top money saving tips for students.   

Go to the Freshers Fair!
Societies and sports teams are a great way for you to meet new people and do an activity that you love! There is a society for everything at uni, even some that you’d never expect to see (Competitive Eating Society anyone?), so there is sure to be something you can sign up for!
The Freshers Fair is the perfect opportunity to grab your freebies, there will be lots of stalls there giving away a lot of free stuff, who doesn’t love a free Domino’s pizza!   

Sign up to the Uni GP
You will almost certainly get Fresher’s Flu, so make sure you pack your Paracetamol and Berocca! Also make sure you sign up to the GP closest to you so that if you find yourself ill any time in the year you won’t have to go far to get some help!   

Stay in touch with home!
You might be having the time of your life and have forgot all about back home, but make sure you check in every so often, even if it’s just a quick text to your mum or dad to let them know you’re okay. Organise a weekend when your family can come and visit and you’ll be able to show them around your new home, or invite your friends from home for a night out with your new uni mates.


Freshers week will probably be one of the craziest weeks of your life so far, so embrace every moment of it because it won’t be long before the work starts in uni and you’ll be spending most days (and even nights!) in the library! 

The end of Freshers week doesn’t mean all the fun stops there though, there will be plenty of nights out in the year, and continue meeting new people and getting involved in new activities. Push yourself out of your comfort zone!

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