Blog – Leeds Beckett Student Union, May 2016

Top 10 Tips for Freshers

So, you’re off to uni in September! It’s a very exciting part of your life, and the first step of your university journey. But it can be a little scary, too – after all, you’re headed to a new city and you don’t know anyone there! That’s why we’ve got some top tips to help you get through Freshers!

Bring some money with you

If you can, it’s a good idea to bring a little bit of money with you when you move in. You won’t get your student finance until you’ve fully enrolled on your course, so you’ll need some spends for things like food and going out.

Buy a doorstop

As soon as you arrive at your new halls, you’ll meet your flatmates. You won’t get to know them if you hide behind a closed door! Make sure you buy a doorstop, or makeshift your own so it holds your door open – it gives the impression you want to talk to people, and it will also make moving your stuff into your room a bit easier.

Don’t be afraid to talk to people

It can be scary trying to start a conversation with someone you’ve never met before, but it’s almost guaranteed they’ll be just as nervous as you are! The sooner you can break the ice with your new neighbours, the easier things will be, and it will boost your confidence too!

Don’t worry if you don’t make friends with everyone instantly

Everyone’s in the same boat when you move in, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to become best friends with everyone straight away. You may just not get along with some people, so try not to stress over it.

Go to the Freshers’ Fair

Not only is it a good chance to hang out with your new friends, Freshers’ Fair is THE opportunity to get some freebies! Loads of big companies come to the fair, and you can bag loads of pens, sweets and it’s usually a given that there’ll be free pizza. You’ll also get the chance to sign up for societies and sports teams too.

Join a society or sports team

The Students’ Union has something for everyone. There’s societies such as Architecture, BeMedia, Film, Law, Yoga – the list goes on and on! If the society you’d want to be a part of doesn’t exist, you can even set up your own society, subject to approval. Societies are a great way to try something new and meet people who have likeminded interests. There’s something for everyone, from Architecture to Yoga. It’s a great way to try something new and meet people who have likeminded interests.

Get some emergency food

While you still have your student finance, it’s a good idea to get some food such as soup, beans and rice. These foods have a long shelf life, and can be used to make a variety of meals, along with other ingredients. That way, if you start to run low on money later in the term you’ll have some food left.

Don’t buy textbooks straight away

Textbooks can be seriously expensive – only buy them if your lecturers tell you to. Otherwise, the library is your friend, and second-hand copies can be found online. Also, look into e-books if you have a device that can read them, as they are often a lot cheaper than physical copies.

Eat something before you go out

An empty stomach + alcohol = bad times. Make sure you have something before you start drinking, even if it’s just a snack. Carbs are the way to go.

Register for a GP

Hopefully you won’t need to go, but should you get ill throughout the year it’s a good idea to be registered with a GP. You don’t want to be defenceless when Freshers’ flu strikes!!

Those are our best tips to get you through Freshers! Follow them and you’re set for a great time at uni!

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