The Fresher's Handbook: how to have a freakin' awesome time at uni. A no-nonsense guide to making the most of your time at a British university.
This guide has been written with your average school leaver in mind but might be useful for mature students too.
Most of this guide is based on personal experience. Although the author has made every reasonable attempt to achieve complete accuracy, she assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Use this information as you see fit and at your own risk, and adjust your use of the information and recommendations to suit your own situation.
So you’re off to uni…
You did it. You persuaded them to give you a place, you sat the exams, you got the grades. The only thing left between you and the glorious university bubble which will be your home for the next few years is a month of packing and lots of tearful goodbyes.
Enjoy the high. Go out, hug your friends, let your grandma spoil you rotten.
And be excited!
The chances are that the next few years are going to change you in ways that you can’t even imagine right now. The experiences you’ll have, the friends you’ll make, the stuff you might (or might not) learn…This is the start of a whole new life and this guide is here to help you make the most of it. Let’s get cracking.
Find out what’s going on in Freshers’ Week
Freshers’ Week is the first week of term and it’s generally pretty crazy. There will be loads of events and parties and probably a Freshers’ Fair which you can visit to find out about the different clubs you can join (and to get loads of freebies!).
Do some googling and see if your uni has a webpage about Freshers’ Week. You can start working out which events you might want to go to and which things you might give a miss.
You might also be able to find out about any fancy dress you might need in that first week, in which case you can prepare yours before you go to make sure you end up looking cool.
A word of warning: get used to repeating your name, where you’re from and your course because that’s how about 99.9% of conversations will start in Freshers’ Week!