How To Survive Fresher’s Week – All The Things We Wish We Knew Before We Went

tips for fresher's week

Heading to university this term? Firstly, congrats. Secondly, HELLO Fresher. Thirdly, you’re probably looking for some tips for Fresher’s Week aren’t you?

You’ve probably heard all about it, but it literally is the best week or two EVER. All the partying you could ever want and meeting cool and fun (generally) new people. But before you sprint off into your new halls of residence, there are a few things we at Shevolution wish we’d known before we’d gone. So here is the lowdown on the best tips for Fresher’s Week to ensure you last the duration, maximise the fun and ensure you’re not that annoying person. You’re welcome.

Tips For Fresher’s Week Survival

  • Arrive with booze in hand to share – a VERY quick way of making friends
  • Don’t let your parents hang around too long – things get emotional and you want to get to know your flatmates ASAP.

tips for Fresher's Week

  • On the first day, suggest going to introduce yourselves to all the other close by flats together. You could use the opportunity to invite people up for pre-drinks too to cast your social net wide.
  • Rinse your parents on a food shopping trip but DON’T buy loads of fridge and freezer stuff as naturally everyone is very protective over the half shelf they have each.
  • Take speakers for music. People will crowd to the area where music is playing and you’ll be the fun party one.
  • ALWAYS wear shoes in the kitchen
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tips for Fresher's Week

  • Boring, but try not to spend all your money in the first few weeks as it’ll make for a miserable last few weeks of term. You’ll end up missing out.
  • Don’t be tight either, no-one likes a tight-ass that won’t share their ketchup or demands that 35p they’re owed.
  • If your bank account says DR after it, you’ve gone into your overdraft and you probs need to stop buying everyone a shot every night.
  • Befriend the takeaway people – HELLO free food.

how to survive fresher's week

  • Or even better, the people who run the offy round the corner. I scored loads of free bottles of wine and vodka just because my flat mates and I were friendly.
  • If someone is struggling on an outfit, offer up your wardrobe if you’re a similar size. That decodes as pre-drinks in your room and that all-important bonding time.

tips for Fresher's Week

  • You will feel lonely at times especially in the first two weeks, but provided you make an effort and find like-minded people it should pass. Push through the homesick feeling.
  • Try and avoid inviting old friends up the first two weeks at least, give your new pals a chance and you a chance to settle.
  • Prop your door open to make your room inviting and encourage people to say hi when they’re back from lectures. Maybe suggest you all do it so you know when you can go in and when not to.
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tips for fresher's week

  • Don’t cling to one person you like, spread yourself wide across halls, clubs, sports teams – that way there will always be someone around to go for a drink or watch a film with. Plus, you’re bound to find out as you go along the ones you click with rather than on day one, so by the end of Fresher’s week you’re left with plenty you really like.
  • Getting down and dirty with a flat mate isn’t advisable unless you’re prepared for awkwardness later.

tips for Fresher's Week

  • Fresher’s flu is basically inevitable. But take loads of Vitamin C and Echinacea to try your hardest to avoid. There’s nothing worse than feeling like crap while your new friends pile out to go to the Student’s Union together.
  • Pack any fancy dress pieces or props you own, or anything you think could be torn up/stuck on to be made into an outfit. You won’t regret it.
  • Take fun bits for your room that’ll make it homely. Fairy lights, posters (if you’re allowed to stick on the walls), bits from your bedside table, lamps, photos of your friends and family. Halls rooms are plain and small, anything to make it feel more like your own and inviting is key. You will be there for several months at a time, after all.
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tips for Fresher's Week

  • This may sound obvious but don’t help yourself to other people’s food. That leftover sausage pasta bake in the fridge is not an ‘eat me’ invitation, however good friends you think you are. Freshers don’t share food just like Joey from friends, unless it’s a pre-planned thing, generally. 
  • Don’t take tons of plates and pans. Freshers do share utensils, generally and space will be limited.
  • Make everything an event. Birthday? Invite the flats below or next door for pre-drinks. Halloween, another excuse to dress up and party. Doing your laundry? Go with your flatmate and do the first wash together for moral support.

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  • The Fresher’s Fayre is normally great (hello freebies), but the ball is not usually so great. I’ve never heard anyone rave about one. But if all your flatmates are going, you should probably join the ranks. Some universities, going to balls is part of the culture (we’re looking at you Cambridge), so in this instance, you definitely should attend as it’s a big chance to socialise and integrate.

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