The Ultimate Survival Guide To Fresher's Week
Follow these rules and you'll be FINE.
Hello there, young fresher.
How did we recognise you?
Well, the look of wide-eyed optimism coupled with a slight air of panic gave you away.
But rest assured, there's no need to freak out in freshers' week. Here's our essential guide to surviving the next week of your life…
In theory, it's all yours to do whatever you like with! So long as you don't use Blu-Tack on the walls, smoke (which is for losers anyway) and play Independent Women five times at top volume after a banging night down the union.
It's tempting to go feral but, and here's a little secret, the Tidy Up Fairy only exists inside your head. In fact, you are your own Tidy Up Fairy. Isn't being an adult fun?
Picking your dirty pants up and not leaving a Domino's to develop its own personality under your bed will make the mornings you wake up after a big night down the union so much easier.
That said, stringing some fairy lights up and using them as the only light source when you have people over hides a multitude of sins. Which leads us nicely to...
Your New Friends
In the first couple of days you'll befriend literally anyone. The metal-head? You went for a pint with him. The princess? You did each other's nail art. The one practising poi in the quad? Come on, you're not quite that desperate.
It's good to chat with everyone but don't worry that they will be your only friends for the entire three years. You'll meet your people eventually, so on day two don't panic agree to share a house next year with the girl who you're pretty sure fused your fairy lights on purpose.
You're away from home and have probably not been legally of drinking age for very long. You feel invincible!
Snake bite? Bring it on. A jelly shot? But of course. Lambrini? Well, it's so cheap, it's got to be worth a go.
But you are not invincible and your liver hates you. Or, at least, it will eventually. Try gulping down a glass of water every so often. It'll help - we promise.
Also, vomming in your own hair is not a good look on anyone.
Do whatever you like but be safe and don't be mean to anyone afterwards.
And if you have a boy/girlfriend at home… well, good luck with that.
This is boring but you'll thank us in the end, honestly.
Write down a budget of what you can afford to spend on rent/travel/food/socialising and Topshop. Oh, and of course materials, we almost forget you're there to learn. This will mean you don't end the year with a maxed out overdraft and/or spend two weeks eating only Super Noodles. Super Noodles are rank.
Is not the time to start writing a essay that's due in at 9am.
You're spending a shed-load of wedge to be at uni, so how about writing yourself a timetable that includes study time? Your life will be better if you do this, trust us.
You're going to ace this student lark.
If your first week doesn't bring you a new best friend, a hot significant other, and you forgot to buy toilet roll until you're actually sat on the toilet, it does not matter. You've got three years of amazing times ahead. Enjoy!