How to Survive Fresher’s Week
Fresher’s Week is literally a matter of hours away now. We know many of you will be counting down the minutes as you wait to kick-start the next chapter of your life at university.
The team at SPCE have been there, done it and got the t-shirt when it comes to Fresher’s Weeks. As some of the lucky ones that have survived to tell the tale, we thought now would be a good time to give you our top tips on how to make the most of your first week at university.
A doorstop is crucial to increasing your social circle
A doorstop will be one of your most important purchases ahead of Fresher’s Week. Once you have moved in to your student accommodation, it’s important to socialise with your flatmates and build your social circle. Having your bedroom door open will encourage others to introduce themselves to you and start conversations.
Keep up your Vitamin C intake
If you haven’t already heard about “Fresher’s Flu” then it’s likely you will in the next week or two. Many students fall foul of Fresher’s Flu after a week of partying and socialising with new people. If you hate being ill and don’t want to miss any early lectures or seminars, keep your body topped up with Vitamin C to try and ward off those germs.
Expand your repertoire of fancy dress outfits
You can virtually guarantee that at least one student night during Fresher’s Week will be fancy dress-themed. Rather than a haphazard dash around Primark on the day of the event, why not get ahead of the game and arm your wardrobe with some classic fancy dress costumes in readiness for all the fun of the fair.
Get the slow cooker on the go
Let’s face it, in your first week at university the last thing you want to do is to slave over a hot stove. Slow cookers are great time-savers during Fresher’s Week – and throughout term time. You can create huge batches of chillis, curries and casseroles and pot them up in the freezer ready to be cooked quickly as and when you need some sustenance.
It goes without saying that there’ll be a wealth of cheap booze on offer in the student union and the nearby bars and clubs. Although that’s music to the ears of most students, we recommend that you adopt a ‘one alcoholic drink, one glass of water’ policy to allow you to stay the course of the week’s festivities. You’ll be surprised how much this can ease your morning hangovers too!
Get involved with clubs and societies
A great way to meet people outside of your student flat and your uni course is to sign up for extracurricular activities such as clubs and societies. Bear in mind that most university clubs and societies will require an up-front registration fee, so it’s a good idea to budget for this at the start of the week.
Accept it’s impossible to go to every single event
We understand that you’ll feel the need to get to every Fresher’s event possible. The fear of missing out is real. However, don’t feel bad if you feel like a quiet night in during Fresher’s Week. If your flatmates feel the same, it might be an opportune moment to spend time together and find some common ground. That night in to recharge the batteries could be the best decision you make in Fresher’s Week!