If you’re lucky, you will be a fresher only once in your life. But being a fresher comes with its own perks, and you’d be surprised at how quickly you can assimilate to life at uni once you’re already there. Bear in mind that every fresher you meet may have the same anxieties as you, so you’re all in it together. That being said, it shouldn’t be that difficult to go into uni with a confident attitude. But it doesn’t hurt to have a little help, nevertheless. Here, then, is your complete guide to Freshers Week and university life.
When you arrive
One thing: once you find out that you can already move into your hall or flat, don’t delay. Move in as soon as you can, as this is the perfect time to meet everyone else. If you arrive too late, you could miss out on some early bonding opportunities.
When you’re already in your accommodations, don’t barricade yourself in your room. Go out and socialise. And, once you’ve made a few friends, don’t limit yourself. Knock on doors, introduce yourself, and start the ball rolling. Unpack your belongings as early as possible – the sooner you are comfortable in your room, the better for your peace of mind.
Dealing with Freshers Week
This time is ideal for exploring your surroundings and getting to know your environment. Begin with your own flat or hall – learn where the laundry room is, where a friend’s room is, and so on. Then move on to the surrounding area. Get to know the places where you can eat, shop, study, and hang out.
Freshers Week is also the best time to attend fairs. Check out the different societies you can join. By joining a society, you can meet more people and expand your base. In freshers’ fairs, you can also take advantage of lots of free stuff!
Living comfortably as a uni student
The first thing you need to learn is how to budget. Set aside your budget at the beginning of the week, and stick to it. This way, you may even have some left over at the end of the week.
If you are living with others, contribute with the cleaning up, washing up, and with other chores. Keep your room clean and don’t forget your personal hygiene! You should also watch what you eat. Whilst subsisting on packs of noodles is quite common amongst uni students, don’t make this your habit. Learn to cook some simple and easy meals so you can still eat healthy. And, whilst it’s great to socialise, keep some time for yourself as well. By having your personal ‘me’ time, you can relax and amuse yourself. Read, watch films, or play games online. Play online bingo – you might even win some prizes! The point is to be comfortable with yourself and do your best to adjust, and the rest will follow.