You’ve just arrived in a brand new city that you are going to call ‘home’ for the next few years. You’re both scared and excited and you’ve just finished unpacking and your parents have just left you forcing you to get out of your room and talk to your new housemates. Fresher’s has officially begun and I have the Ultimate Guide to Freshers right here.
Fresher’s. It’s one of the main reason why some people go to university but it’s also one of the things that make people feel anxious, excited and dread all at the same time. You may be a hard core partier, a once/ twice a week-er, a it depends on my mood but have serious FOMO-er or it might not be your scene at all and you’d rather just stay and socialise at home. Don’t fret! I have the Ultimate Fresher’s Guide for you, coming right up.
FIRST THINGS, FIRST- ROOMATES and TICKETS
Most universities have a freshers wristband. This is normally distributed by the students’ union. This is the band that allows you entry into all of the freshers events.
Once you are in contact, via Facebook groups, with people in your flat, make sure you all buy the same one so you don’t miss out and end up going to events by yourself or not at all!
Going out with your flatmates will help you get to know them a bit more and make socialising overall a lot easier. If your flatmates are not big drinkers, don’t worry about it there are many things to do, which i will mention below.
Freshers is heavily about going out and getting drunk. My university had lectures during freshers week also, as well as fresher’s fair and the course social. Therefore if you find that you do not get along well with your housemates or there just not your type of people (eventhough in the first week you will probably love them!) there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people.
I’ve separated the freshers types into different categories so you can just jump right to the one that suits you the most.
For the one who loves to socialise and party, freshers is going to feel like a dream for you! Make sure to not only talk to your housemates but the people in your halls and those on your course, too. This way you will get to know more people and get invited to lots of pre-drinks. Through talking to these people you will have more people to go out with to freshers’s events etc when your housemates don’t want to.
I’m not going to lie to you but drinking and pres are such an important part of getting to know people in your first week of freshers. You meet so many new people and you swap instas and snapchats and eventually you will become friends.
If you don’t like to drink but like to party then I am sorry but you will have to put up with a bunch of drunk people but you will soon find some people, through talking to them, who are just like you.
FOMO-er/ ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK IS GOOD
Trust me, during freshers I would have sometimes preferred to stay in and watch Bake Off but I had a serious case of FOMO so I went to these events and I do not regret it at all! You are only a fresher once so take the opportunity and go out. This doesn’t meant go to the every Fresher’s club events but mix it up and go to some SU events, go to bars and other people’s houses. You will not regret it.
Having said that, if you want a night to yourself to just hole up in your room, do it. Take care of yourself. Fresher’s is such a shock to the system and you sometimes need to just stop and take it all in.
NON- DRINKER/ NON- CLUBBER
For those of you who don’t really like drinking or clubbing and would really rather just go to eat or go to a bar or just stay at home and have a movie night, don’t worry. There are so many other people at university just like you and freshers is a good way to find them.
I recommend hanging out in your SU/ halls and just talking to anyone new. This is a bit scary but remember everyone is in the same boat. The more people you talk to the more people you’ll meet who would rather stay in. You could also always go to pre drinks and then bail but make the most out of all these new opportunities to meet people.
JUST REMEMBER/ OVERALL ADVICE
You don’t have to do anything you do not want to do. If you really do not want to go out, don’t. Having said that, take the time to try new things you have never tried/ done before. If your flatmates want to go and play minigolf, go with them! If they are going to a new bar, go check it out. However, if you’ve tried something before and know you will never do it again, it’s 100% okay not to do it.
Take care of yourself during freshers. Meeting new people 24/7 is scary and sometimes you need a moment to let everything sink in so make sure to have some time yourself.
Stay Safe, Have Fun and Be Yourself.