Top 10 Tips for Freshers

What is Fresher’s Week?

In short, an alcohol fuelled week to ease you into university life, and help you to mix with people just as drunk as you are.

Fresher’s week is most probably the best week you will have at university. And what makes it even better is that you get to experience fresher’s week every. single. year. (until you graduate of course)

So whilst you are getting yourself ready for university, packing your room up and meeting your new flat mates and course mates on Facebook, I have put together what I consider to be the top 10 things you need to know about fresher’s…

1) Pre Town Nap

One thing you will find out at uni is that everyone naps throughout the day. It’s like you have taken one massive step back in your life and it is suddenly acceptable to have an hours kip at 3pm. This tip however comes in handy for when you are partying every night. Have a pre town nap after your dinner until about 8pm. Then you can wake up, have a shower and feel re-freshed for your night out.

2) Drink Water

Obviously don’t drink water on a night out! But you will seriously need it when you get in, or the next morning. To avoid waking up with a mouth “as dry as Ghandi’s flip flop” put a pint of water or juice next to your bed before you go out. The alcohol really dehydrates you so this should also help with the hangovers. Maybe.

3) Learn Some Games

You spend most of your time during fresher’s week drinking, and sitting around the kitchen table chatting just isn’t fun, so play some games! There are so many drinking games to be played and everyone will turn up to university with some in mind, so make sure you know a little bit about them. To name a few you could look into playing Ring of Fire, Fuck the Dealer, Higher or Lower and so on…

4) Don’t Be A Liability

We all have that one friend who can’t handle their alcohol and has to be put in a taxi early because they can’t stand up. Make sure that isn’t you in fresher’s week. People will realise straight away that you are a liability if this does happen and will distance themselves if they have to babysit you on every night out. I mean, who wants to spend their night holding someones hair back so they can be sick? It’s not exactly my idea of a good night out!

5) Don’t Forget To Eat

For most people this will be their first time away from home, eaning they have to do everything for themselves. So, please, all of you, don’t forget to eat! You’ll be drinking lots throughout fresher’s eek and if you aren’t eating properly it’s going to make your health so much worse. Just cook the basics like Pasta or even just Toast to get you through the hangovers.

6) Cash Only

Almost all nightclubs charge entry prices, and for students it is normally a measly £1. If you are someone with a debit card that your life belongs to then you need to get into the habit of getting cash out. Most bars also have a minimum payment for the use of card machines too, so unless you want to end up buying £10 worth of drinks every time you go to the bar, I suggest you get yourself to a cash machine.

7) Look After Your Drinks

It may sound cynical that a fellow fresher would want to do it, but you can’t trust people you don’t know. You need to be aware of your drinks and who may have access to them. The last thing you want is someone slipping you something and ruining your whole university experience in one night. Keep your thumb over your bottles, and if someone offers you a drink, make sure you keep your eyes on it from the moment its made, to the moment its given to you.

8) Don’t Skip Uni

I know you will be tired, and I know that you will be hungover, but missing uni during fresher’s week will set you back. Not every uni will make you come to lectures during your first week, but they advise you to go so that you can get an insight to your course and the modules you’ll be studying. Besides, everyone does get up for lectures during fresher’s week and turns up to them still drunk.

9) Fresher’s Fair

If there’s one thing you need to do, it’s the freshers fair. This is arranged at most universities as a bid to get people to join societies and sports clubs, and raise awareness of local businesses. You’ll have the chance to get involved with it all, and the best part: walk away with loads of free stuff! You’ll get a range of things and the best thing I got was a free individual pizza from Dominos. You get given tons of vouchers too by local businesses giving you exclusive student discounts. You snooze, you lose on this one I’m afraid.

10) Try To Be Sensible

All jokes aside, be careful. I know you think its boring but do you really want to hurt yourself during freshers week or get so drunk you don’t remember a thing? You are here to have a good time and make some amazing memories with people just like yourself, so don’t ruin it. Know your limits and have fun with it; I didn’t know mine at first and ended up breaking my coccyx… Don’t go overboard because your liver (and bank account) won’t support it!

I have provided these tips as these are the main things I have learnt about university through fresher’s week, on a first hand basis. No doubt you will also experience similar things and pick up valuable life lessons if you are moving away to live at university. If there is anything else you want to know about university please do not hesitate to contact me as I would be more than happy to give you advice or help you out!

L x


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