How to survive freshers | University Week

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Fresher week (or month depending on how long you drag it out ha) is just around the corner. If you’re getting ready for uni in the next couple of weeks i’m sure you either be excited or absolutely petrified of the unknown and leaving the familiarity of own.

It is scary but will also be some of the best times of your life. You’re about to get all grown up, eat toast and more toast, party hard, cry lots and make loads of new super cool friends.

When you think of freshers, you probably imagine party after party, shots, fancy dress, face paint, no sleep and empty purses at the end of the week. Your quite right, it’s a time to be enjoyed but its hard going too.

Here’s a quick SOS guide to get you through freshers, so you can enjoy parties, meet a ton of new faces and still be well enough to get up for your first introduction lecture on Monday morning.

Prepare everything you need and take the time to see the important people in your life before leaving home. To make sure you don’t have any last minutes frenzies over things you have forgotten, make a list and prepare beforehand all the things you’re going to need, from the essentials to your home comforts. You will need them all and you don’t want to be short of something when you’re all partied out. If you are staying in halls be sure to check what you’re allowed and not allowed to take. There are quite a few rules and it’s easier to know beforehand to avoid getting disappointed when you have to give it up.

Make sure you spend time with the important people in your life. After freshers you will be straight into lectures and may not get back home till half term or maybe Christmas. Try and make plans to do something for when you’re heading home this will perk you up if you start to get home sick and will help you remember that even though you maybe not have heard from your bestie in a while as they went to a different uni and are having as much fun as you; that they haven’t forgotten about you and you will be re united asap. Remember it’s very likely that everyone is missing you too.

Know your budget, a mood killer I know, but trust me the last situation you want to find yourself in is a penniless one because you partied hard and indulged in takeaways every night for two weeks. It’s kinda tricky get to grips with the whole money thing but if you know what you’ve got coming and then tally up your halls fees, food, and travel etc for each month you will know exactly what you have left to go and have fun with or spend however you please. You will soon be acquainted with all the best spots to get student deals.

Talking of deals, before saying your final goodbye… make sure you have set up a student account with your bank. This is probably one of the most important things to do after you have received your offer. A student account maybe your saviour when you need an extra tenner (overdraft) for a meal before payday or you need an emergency train ride home. Most banks have some incentives to for students so make sure you shop around online and see which is the best for you.

Do a little rekky once you arrive, make sure you know when the nearest walk-in centre is in case you need to go to the doctor or dentist. Find a local taxi number and save it to you phone. Keep a look out for the closest cash machine normally there are a few on campus. Finally found out where the corner shop is, for all those things you need straightaway whether it be painkillers, toilet roll or a loaf of bread.

Learn a few basics in the kitchen. We are a world of halves. We either like cooking or we really don’t but either way we all need to eat. If you’re not that confident, it is a great idea to at least learn a few basics, to ensure you can always whip up something quick at the end of the day. Learn how long to bake a potato for, whip up a simple pasta and sauce dish, a salad, or how to fry a quick stir fry. They really are all whack it in a pan dishes and ones you can master after a few goes. You will be thankful you don’t have to have cereal for dinner every night.

Finally remember freshers is just a week or two of you life. It might seen like the most exciting thing right now, but once you start making cool friends at uni there will be so many other ‘memory’ moments of you uni life. Pace yourself, have a blast, grab a hug when you need one and enjoy your time at uni…

Happy Freshers everyone!

Hannah  
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