My Freshers Week Experience

25 September 2018

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It feels pretty crazy to say I've 'completed' freshers week, let alone the fact I'm a uni student in general now! Nonetheless I thought I'd give you a quick summary of my week to let you know how my first week at uni has gone. I was so nervous about this week before I arrived, so hopefully if any of you are in the same boat this will help to give you an idea of what to expect!

Moving in

One of things I found most daunting before starting uni was having to leave home and live somewhere by myself. Obviously I'd have flatmates, but compared to the past 18 years I've spent living with my family it would be a big change. Surprisingly this was one of the easiest parts of my freshers experience! I decided to move in to my accommodation a week prior to uni starting, which I felt was a really good decision because it gave me the chance to not only get familiar with my new city but also to settle into my room and get to know my flat mates. I'll admit cooking is still something I haven't exactly perfected yet, but I'm sure it's something I'll develop over time, but until then I'm happy living off my pasta and cheese. Also don't forget to wash your clothes and keep your cupboards stocked up, they're kinda important adult things you'll have to do.

Making friends

Making friends is something I thought would be really difficult coming to uni, particularly as I'm quite an introverted person. However, over the past few weeks I've learnt there's a few really easy way to make friends at uni:

1. Flatmates - get to know them by shopping for essentials like a kettle and toaster together, try cooking a meal together, or go on a night out.
2. Coursemates - suggest meeting up before lectures to go in together, check out the library or your studio space together, go supply shopping (you can never have enough sketchbooks)
3. Societes - whether it's sports or a society, find something your passionate about and join. This will give you a good opportunity to get to know other people with similar interests to you, which is always a good quality to have in a friend!


Every student always dreads a 9am lecture, and I can confirm this is particularly true if you've spent the night before getting drunk with your flatmates! However, I can't stress enough how important it is to go to all your lectures, seminars, and studio sessions. Even though more often than not I'd rather stay in bed than go to my horrifically early lecture, even during freshers week there's been vital information shared during these times that you defo don't want to miss. I'd also suggest taking notes in the lecture because even though you can usually get the lecture slides afterwards you never know what questions might be asked that give you some really important info! 
Top tip: take a coffee and you should just about survive the thing.


Joining a society or sports club is not only a great way to make new friends, but also fill up some of your spare time at uni. Unlike being at college or sixth form, you have lots of free time which is left up to you what you want to do with it, and whilst there will be times where you'll have to sit for hours writing essays and dissertations, there's definitely time to pick up a few other fun hobbies on the side! Personally I opted for clubs like Disney because for me there's nothing better than finding a group of people who love watching disney movies as much as me! Once again this is a very personal thing, so go to a freshers fair, see whats on offer and choose something that appeals to you!

Going out

Prior to coming to uni myself, the main thing I'd heard about freshers week was it was the time when everyone went absolutely mad, got drunk every night and didn't head home until the sun was rising. In my own experience, I found I only went out a couple of times during freshers week and even then I was happily in bed by 2am! I think it's important to remember that everyone's different and whilst some people may love going out every night, just because they do doesn't mean you have to. To be entirely honest I'm much happier staying in with a hot chocolate and a good film but it's all down to what you want to do. Even from this first week I've learnt with such a diverse group of people attending uni, not everyone is the same (shocker!) so just do you and you'll find other people who have the exact same views as you.


So that was a quick summary of how I found freshers week. Overall it's left me really excited to see what the rest of the year has to offer, and to see what other new experiences I can gain whilst being at uni! 


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