It's that time of year again when Freshers Week is fast approaching, and for those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically one week (or two) of meeting new people! I decided to share with you my top tips for surviving freshers, and having the best time.
ATTEND FRESHERS' FAIR
The freshers fair is a great opportunity to discover new interests. Clubs, societies, and your students' union are among the many stalls at any freshers' fair, inviting you to register your interest in their services and collect as many freebies as you can carry. Joining a society is a great way to make friends with others who share similar interests.
Me and my housemates attended freshers fair and the place was packed with different clubs and societies, from a DJ club down to a language swap society. I wanted to join something where I could be active and didn’t fancy taking on a monthly expense with the gym, so I chose to sign up to a volleyball club with one of my housemates. They had a meet and greet for the team that evening, and I had a great time getting to know everyone.
The freshers' fair is also great for bagging some edible treats. My university had a Dominos tent giving away free slices of pizza. What's not to love? If you’re a foodie like me you won't want to miss out.
MANAGE YOUR MONEY
Money management is crucial when living alone, especially during Freshers Week. I gave myself a realistic weekly budget and made sure that I stuck to it. Sounds hard to do but there’s no point going on a shopping spree, it won’t be nice when you’ve spent all your student loan and all you can afford to eat is super noodles.
You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the freshers experience, when your money management is in order. If you need help staying on track, check out some of these useful apps.
ENJOY THE NIGHTLIFE
One of the best parts of Freshers Week for me was the nightlife. Whatever you're in the mood for, there will always be a nightclub to match your tastes. My first night out included a fancy dress event at Oceana nightclub, I opted for Minnie Mouse thinking it was a safe choice, but turns out almost every girl thought the same thing.
Fresher nights out proved to be a lot of fun, however it’s also very important to stay safe. I made sure I was aware of a few things beforehand:
- Swapping phone numbers with my housemates
- Staying in a group
- Only using licensed taxis
- Never leaving my drinks unattended
- Making sure my phone is fully charged before heading out
GET PREPARED FOR LECTURES
Freshers was great, but I knew I had to mentally prepare myself for lectures so I wasn’t behind. I prepared the night before my morning lectures and made sure I set 2-3 alarms to wake me up in the morning. Start as you intend to continue and it will put you in good stead as you progress through the year.
I tried to arrive early to my lectures, as it was a big theatre with loads of students and you want to make sure you’re near the front. I also created a study timetable in my first week to organise my routine. Planning can save you lots of time and keep you prepared, have a look at these cool revision templates to help get you organised!