Freshers Week Survival Guide

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Your survival guide!

Being away from home for the first time can be scary, especially if you’re in a new town and you don’t know anyone. You don’t have to worry though, nearly everyone is going to be feeling the same way, and the best approach is to just keep calm and carry on.

Here’s a little guide to help make Freshers’ Week the fun time it should be rather than a social nightmare:

Make friends in your new home

Whether you’re living in halls of residence or in private accommodation you’re going to be living with a new group of people. Whilst they might not be the sort of people you usually hang out with you’re going to have to live with them for a year so you’re better off being friends with them.

Break out the biscuits, open your bedroom door, and invite your new housemates in for a chat. You never know, you could make some lifelong friends.

Remember to go to class!

First things first, register for your course as soon as you can.

It’s important to remember the academic stuff when you’re running around being a social butterfly. There’s a lot to take in during Freshers’ Week but you’ll regret it if you skip things like the library tour or introductory lessons.

Eat right

Late nights, alcohol, a poor diet, and mixing with hundreds of new people can only mean one thing – “Freshers’ Flu”!

If you can’t manage Five a Day then make sure you get two portions a day and take a good multivitamin.

Keep an eye on your cash

Freshers’ Week can be expensive if you’re not careful with your pennies and it’s tempting to spend your student loan as quickly as possible. To avoid falling into that trap download a student budget app or simply log your spending using a pen and paper.

Student phone home

It can be upsetting knowing you might not be going home until the Christmas break and we’ve all been homesick before. A quick call home could be the boost you need to lift your spirits.