Starting university can be scary but it's important to make the most of your time as a fresher. Following these tips will help your first week go by easily.
1) Write a list
Before you leave, make sure you have written a list of everything you need to take with you and check them off as you pack them. This should help make sure that you won’t forget any essentials.
Ensure you have any registration documents, confirmation letters that you have been sent for your course, accommodation etc. This can often make things much quicker when registering, obtaining keys etc.
3) Spend time with new neighbours
Whether in halls or a house, the people you live with will often become some of your closest friends. Making new friends can be daunting, but take the first step by initiating conversation shows an interest in getting to know people and will make you feel better when you have made a new friend or two.
4) Visit fresher's fairs
Fresher's fairs are definitely worth visiting and are a good place to obtain samples and vouchers. It can also be a good opportunity to spend time with new friends by getting a group together and going as a group.
5) Check for any necessary reading
Some courses may require you to do some reading or preparation before you start your course. Check this before you start, you don’t want to start your first day behind.
6) Accept invitations
Nights out and parties can be a great way to meet new people and expand your circle of friends. Fresher's week is often one of the best weeks for parties as many classes don’t start until the week after.
7) Keep an eye on your balance
Bank balance that is, being independent can be exciting and it can be easy to get carried away however make sure you keep a budget and don’t forget the a costs such as food, travel and any bills you have to pay.
8)Look out for second-hand textbooks
Textbooks can be expensive, but many older students sell their unwanted textbooks to students. Many textbooks don’t change very much between editions and you can often save around 50% on the new textbook price.
9) Phone home
You might forget all about home with the excitement of a new start, but it is highly likely that you’re parents will be sat at home waiting to hear from you. Take a bit of time in the first few days just to let your family know how things are going. It will put their mind at ease and also means they are less likely to keep ringing you, leaving you more time for tip number 10.
10) Enjoy it
Fresher's week can be a busy time but with bit of planning and a willingness to get involved there is no reason why it can’t be one of the best weeks of the year at university.