Pre Freshers' Week Tips

Checkout your new Student Union website, see what events are on before you get there. Make a list of the things you want to do, you may not do them, but it's better to be aware of what's happening, you may miss out on something you are interested in!

If you plan on going to the Fresher's Ball make sure you take the right clothing for it!

Make sure you have enough money available. I would estimate Fresher's week to cost most students around £100 up to £200 depending on how much you do! Don't bother budgeting for Fresher's Week, just enjoy yourself, budgeting beings the week after!

Before going to the activities and sports fairs have a good idea of what you want to do, they'll be lots of persuasion when you get there, it's better to have a clear idea of 2-4 of them you want to join. Make sure they don't clash either and join no more than 3-4; otherwise you won't have time for anything!

University websites can get too popular for their own good around this time of year, you may find them not working well, just go back to visit early morning or late at night!

Freshers’ Week Tips

  • Get there as soon as you can, the less time you are packing and the more time you socialise the more comfortable you will feel.
  • Don’t stick around the same people, there is lots of time to get to know everyone, try and meet as many people as you can in the first week. You may grow out of the first people you meet or they may grow out of you!
  • Try not to pay for clubs at the sports and activities fair, you may not enjoy them, try giving it a go first, or wait a day or so before handing over your money.
  • Don’t be tricked by anything that isn’t really free at the Fresher’s Fair, make sure you only grab what is truly free and doesn’t require signing up to some mailing list etc.
  • Try and go to as many events and activities as you can in Fresher’s Week, it doesn’t matter if it is tiring.
  • When you move in leave your door open while you unpack – in fact keep it open all the time you are awake in your room, even if you’re doing a bit of work, it’s always nice to appear friendly to your neighbours.
  • Don’t get so drunk you throw up all the time, try out more than just nightclub activities, as you get into your 2nd and 3rd years you will be less able to go out at night and outdoor activities and interests will become more appealing.
  • Talk to as many random people as you can, as you queue for things etc.
  • Try not to moan about things, people like optimists!
  • Don’t hide away in your room, its unlikely people will find you there.
  • Try avoiding any friends from home for the first week or so, it will be harder to make new friends if you are always going for the friends you know.
  • Take along some DVDs you know are popular and some music to play in your room.
  • Decorate your room with posters and other homely artefacts; usually there will be a poster fair at your union. You can also buy hundreds of posters online at
  • Don’t be scared to do things or go to clubs alone.
  • Once you gain your Student Card, make sure it is welded into your wallet, don’t go anywhere without it! (Seriously!)
  • Use protection if you find yourself having some Fresher’s Week sex.
  • Keep yourself looking clean and smart throughout Fresher’ week, shower, brush your teeth etc daily!

Post Freshers’ Week Tips

  • Keep your door open still and keep on talking to people, just because Fresher’s Week is over, doesn’t mean you can’t socialise anymore.
  • You haven’t missed out joining a club; you can still go to one usually later in the year if you didn’t join during Fresher’s Week.
  • Go to your department and hall socials; it’s a great way to meet the people on your course and in your hall of residence.
  • Start budgeting properly, Fresher’s Week only happens once a year no other week in the year should ever cost that much!

Before you leave here are some other articles that may interest you! Tips for General University Student Life, Tips on How to Make Friends at University and Struggling to make friends or unhappy at University?

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