With the beginning of the new uni year just around the corner, I thought I’d do a post sharing my top tips for surviving Freshers. As I’ve already been at uni for two years, I know how it works, and this post should be useful for anyone starting this year.
1. Join the university / hall Facebook groups before starting
Facebook is great for keeping in touch with old friends. However, what you may not realise is that Facebook is also useful for making new friends. During the summer holidays before you head off to uni, join the different Facebook groups (for either your accommodation or the university in general – or both!) and start chatting to the other students. It’ll help break the ice for when you arrive.
2. Don’t worry if you don’t like going out
University students have a reputation for partying 24/7, but in reality most of us prefer to spend the night at home snuggled in bed with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s watching Netflix. Don’t feel like you have to go out to a club or a bar just because everyone else is.
3. Join clubs / societies
Societies are another way of making friends at uni (and they look great on your CV). Many universities have a whole variety of societies on offer, ranging from the standard sports to the unusual FetSoc (i.e. Fetish Society – yes, there is such a thing). Remember not to sign up to too many societies in your first week – you’ll never make all of them! I’d say two or three is a good number.
4. Buy food as a household
Doing a weekly shop with your housemates can save money and you can cook things together.
5. Buy books secondhand
There is seriously no point in spending £60 on a book you’re only going to pick up once. Save money by ordering used books from Amazon or other students. Many books may also be available in the library – even better!
6. Bring fancy dress
Fancy dress costumes are something you’ll be needing right from Fresher’s Week. Some of the most common themes include Disney, Decades and Superheroes. You’ll also need a costume for Halloween – though many Freshers go out several times during the same week as Halloween so it may be useful to bring two.
7. Attend classes
As many lecturers upload their presentations for students to read after class, it is tempting to just skip lectures. However, attending lectures will enable you to get a better grasp of the material covered, and you can ask the teacher for help if you don’t understand things.
8. Stock up on medicine
Flesher’s Flu is real, and it’s not nice either. Make sure you have a selection of medicine so that you are prepared for the unexpected cold. Hot water bottles are also good for the long winter nights.
And finally, have fun! University can be daunting at first, but it is such a good experience and I hope you enjoy it!