After the stress of waiting for exam results, for many students it’s time to reap the rewards of their hard work and prepare for university. It won’t be long until Freshers’ week, when students at universities all over the country will meet new people and discover their new home, before the studying begins.
Make sure your time at uni gets off to a flying start by making the most of Freshers’ week 2019. It’s a time for socialising, joining new groups and societies, making friends and settling in to the place you’re going to call home for the next three or four years.
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Preparing for uni starts at home during the summer break to make sure you take full advantage of the opportunities on offer and make the most of your higher learning opportunity. Read on to find out the best way to prepare for and enjoy Freshers’ week…
Before you arrive
What should you prepare before you arrive at your new university? Before setting off on your journey, there are some important things you should do, such as sorting out your student bank account. Use a comparison website to weigh up the best deals and be cautious of freebies and offers that seem too good to be true.
Considering it could take a while for your student loan to come through, it’s a good idea to save some money in advance, so you can afford to spend cash during Freshers’ week, either on text books, or socialising.
Check all the emails sent by your university and follow their social media channels to find out the latest information and guidance for your first year. Make a note of any info available to you, such as checking out your timetable online.
Don’t over-think what might happen when you arrive. Approach your new life with an open mind and try not to have any pre-conceived ideas.
What happens on your arrival?
It’s time to meet new people and discover what uni has to offer you, so arrive as soon as possible, move into your halls of residence, start making friends earlier and check out your surroundings.
Don’t feel shy and shut yourself in your room while your flatmates are socialising. Even if you feel daunted, go out and introduce yourself.
Unpack early and make your home a comfortable as possible, as you’ll be busy in the days that follow. Use any help and support that’s available, including dedicated student support teams.
What to expect during Freshers’ week
There’s a lot going on during Freshers’ week, so make the most of it. One of the most exciting and useful events is the Freshers’ fair. This provides a chance for new students to look at the societies on offer, so they can pursue their interests with like-minded people.
Freshers’ fairs have plenty of freebies – probably there will be enough pens to last you a whole year, plus items for your flat. You can meet people, network, join the relevant groups and pick up some useful bits and pieces.
As Freshers’ week draws to a close, start thinking about how you’re going to live during your life at uni. Most importantly, learn how to manage your finances properly. Work out your budget and make sure you stick to it.
It’s a good idea to withdraw your week’s cash at the start of the week and then you know exactly how much you have to spend. It’s easy to overspend in the early days and then find yourself relying on cheap noodle packs and 10p bargains of supermarket food up to its sell-by date for the rest of the term!
Don’t forget to have fun!
The final thing to remember is to have a great time! Although you’re there to study and the aim is to get your degree and have a better chance of forging a career, you’re only young once. Your days at uni are some of the best days of your life, so stay safe and enjoy yourself!
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