Just remember, you’re not the only one. Thousands of people your age are in the same position and have left school to begin the next chapter in their lives. Whether this is your first time away from home or you are familiar with new environments, fresher’s week is your time to find your feet. To ensure you have the best possible years of university life, remember to be savvy, friendly and most importantly, look after yourself and others around you.
Here are our top ten tips for surviving as a fresher.
- The name game
You’ll meet a lot of people in your fresher’s week, so don’t feel guilty for forgetting people’s names. The likelihood is they won’t remember yours either!
- Food theft
You may turn up with a big food shop ready to put straight in the fridge. However, ‘eat the food that’s not yours’ is a notorious fresher’s game, so your treats could be gone before you know it. Set a few ground rules with your flatmates from the start so you’re all on the same page.
- Fresher’s fair
Life at university goes at the speed of light, so make sure you attend fresher’s fair. Not only can you pick up your free stationery and slices of pizza, but you’ll get the chance to join societies, clubs, and committees where you’ll meet many new faces that will turn into some of your closest mates throughout your university life (and beyond).
- Registering with a GP
Register with your university doctor early in the year. If you’re feeling unwell or have any medical issues (not including fresher’s flu) appointments are easy to make and there are early morning drop-in sessions before lectures.
- Sharing is caring
You’re used to your own space back at home but at university, you may have to accept there is an open door policy, especially during fresher’s week. Don’t be alarmed if your flatmates and their friends come into your room at all hours. Let them in and let them share their antics; before you know it, you’ll have all the juicy gossip on a daily basis and you won’t know whose wardrobe your favourite dress is in.
- Safe sex
Contraceptive mishaps can happen anytime, and fresher’s week is no exception. It’s important to practise safe sex to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy, so always carry a condom and use a regular method of contraception, such as the contraceptive pill, if you are sexually active. Find out where the nearest pharmacy is should you require information about the morning after pill. http://bit.ly/1FUlZh4
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- Fancy Dress
During fresher’s year, themed parties or events happen regularly. Avoid spending lots of money on a superhero or princess costume because the likelihood is you won’t wear it again. Get creative with your friends and make costumes out of old clothes and materials you can get at a bargain price.
Be savvy and set an alarm on your phone when your washing goes in the machine. Although you think 40 minutes is a long time, one episode of your favourite Netflix series too many, and someone will have already removed your clothes onto the top of the machine in protest.
- Secret loo roll
If your halls have communal bathrooms make sure you stash some secret loo roll in your own room. Nothing worse than a surprise lack of loo roll when you can’t do anything about it, hey?
A large deposit in your bank from the student loan company is a welcome bonus and spending it all on the first few weeks is tempting. But if you want to make it to the end of term and avoid eating endless tins of cheap beans then work out how much you can spend each week, and plan out what you want and what you need.
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