Your Freshers’ Week Survival Guide
Freshers’ week is fun. It’s also tougher than you think. You will survive it, though. It’s the best way to begin your life as a university student. You’ll meet many people, making memories and long-lasting friendships along the way. You only get one freshers’ week. You’ll want to make the most of it.
But you will make mistakes during your first seven days at university. That’s a part of it. Some are unavoidable – like sleeping with a housemate, then enjoying months of awkward kitchen conversation; or signing-up to the university gym, only to go once during first term.
Most mistakes can be prevented, though. Hopefully you don’t make too many. To help with that, here’s Fresher Life’s Freshers’ Week Survival Guide.
Freshers’ flu is a thing. It’s not a hangover, it’s not homesickness and it’s most definitely not a hot rash caused by your halls’ questionable ‘new’ mattress. It’s a real illness – and it’s coming to get you.
You’ll be meeting many people, from many places. You’ll also be getting close to them, whether it’s at events or on campus. This virus will get you at your weakest, when your blood reads one-part vodka, one-part supernoodle and two-parts anxiety. Hangovers and freshers’ flu do go hand-in-hand. Protect yourself with good hygiene and relieve symptoms with plenty of water, paracetamol, hot tea and at least one unprocessed meal
Freshers’ week is all about the events. Make sure you plan ahead and secure your tickets for the more popular ones like the UV Neon Rave and Battle Of The Unis; these two usually sell-out before students move into halls.
Same goes with the Freshers’ Week Wristband, if your city has one. This is the best way to enjoy all your city’s best freshers’ week events at a cheaper cost. Make sure you have your events lined-up before moving. You don’t want to miss out.
The Freshers’ Fair
Some people will advise you to take it slow and tell you to not try and do absolutely everything. That’s the worst advice you could ever get. You only get one freshers’ week. Why would you not make the most of it?
You’ll want to meet as many people as you possibly can early on. This way you can scope out who’s going to be by your side for the next three or so years. You can’t meet people sat in your room watching Come Dine With Me on catch-up because it reminds you of when you used to watch it with your mum. Get out and hit freshers’ week right between the eyes. You won’t regret it.
But doing everything in freshers’ week requires money. Tickets, taxis, tequila shots. They all cost £££. You want to have the best and wildest start money can buy. For that, you need a budget.
If you have a job back at home before university, put some wage away especially for your first week. If you’re relying on your loan, no problem. Try to cut back on eating-out for this week and only shop for essentials. Freshers’ week is a time to make memories – and not a time to spend £11 on a prime cut of steak from your new local artisan butchers.
No, your parents didn’t make us include this part. Freshers’ week is about trying new things and being the most open version of yourself that you can be. For some people, drugs are a part of their university life. That doesn’t have to be the case for you. The Loop offers incredible harm-reduction advice for drugs and other substances.
Staying safe isn’t always about health. Use common sense and look after each other on a night out. Keep your drinks close, don’t overdo it and only use licensed taxi ranks. It’s also worth getting to know your new town or city centre in the day, before the fresher madness begins.
Secure your Freshers’ Week tickets today.
MORE UNIVERSITY GUIDES
Find the most up-to-date student guides, stories & tips. Put together by some of the most experienced students and teaching professionals.
FRESHERS LIFE CONNECTS 500,000+ STUDENT EVERY YEAR
HUGE BRAND OFFERS
CLAIM STUDENT DISCOUNTS
Freshers Life offers an annual Fresher Pack which includes access to all your main University group chats, freshers groups, students jobs and a variety of student discounts from some of the best known outlets and retailers in the country. If you would like to sign up to receive this years fresher pack simply sign up below, and when it's issued, you will receive it in an email.