Fresher’s Week is an overwhelming time for students new to university life. Not only do you have to organise and get acquainted with your new student accommodation, but you also have to navigate your new timetable, find where you’re supposed to be attending lectures and of course, there’s all of the clubs and societies to sign up to. Read on to find out some helpful hints to get you through your first week successfully.
Around campus this week there will be so many things to do, and most of it is likely to be centred around one university building such as the sports hall or student union. Here there will be a myriad of things to do including clubs, groups, and societies to sign up to, companies offering free food and merch, vouchers and discounts for local attractions plus many more freebies.
Get yourself along, on your own or with friends, and take advantage of all the free stuff. It’s also the ideal time to join a group as there will be many newbies just like you, so you won’t feel out of place.
You will likely have registered for your place at university online before you attend, however you will still need to go to student services or reception to fill out more forms and collect things like your new Student ID card. You will be given a newcomer registration pack which contains just about everything you need to know to get started on your new educational adventure.
If you are far from home, it’s a good idea to get registered with a local doctor and dentist just in case you need medical treatment whilst away. Believe it or not, there is also something labelled ‘fresher flu’! It’s a feeling of exhaustion and sickness related to lack of sleep, a change in routine, and eating and drinking abnormally in this first chaotic week.
Following on from the above point, Fresher’s Week is notorious for students drinking copious quantities of alcohol. Uni freshers will most likely have only turned 18 a few months before attending, therefore they are not aware of how much alcohol is possible (or safe) for them to consume.
Many of the organised events are likely to lead to social drinking in the varied pubs and bars on and off-campus, however, try to keep your drinking to just a couple so that you can still enjoy yourself and remember what happened the day after! Fresher’s Week and stomach-churning hangovers don’t mix well together and will spoil your very first experiences of true uni life.
In addition to getting associated with your new accommodation and flatmates, you should also take time out of your busy week to walk around the campus discovering things such as the IT suite, the college library, the support and medical centres, and where all of the buildings are you will be studying in when you start attending in earnest the week after.
Go for a long stroll around the town or city your university is located in if you’re new to the area. If there is a tourist information centre, that’s a good first port of call, and explore the town with fresh eyes. Don’t just stroll the high street, but see what attractions and public buildings are on offer, in addition to scoping our student-friendly (and budget-friendly) bars and restaurants. You may have already looked around quickly on open days, but get to know your local area so you can make the most of it.
Fresher’s Week is a time to get your bearings in your new setting as well as taking the first step towards socialisation and integration.
Use this week, without lectures to attend, wisely. You should get yourself up in the morning at a decent hour and get out of your accommodation to find out what’s on offer. You’ll be there for a few years, so finding out early on what’s available will give you confidence that you made the right choice and even save you money routing out those cheap places.