How to get the most out of Freshers and your first year

August 23, 2015

Oh hey!
In case you're new to my blog you might not know that I'm a university student at University of Birmingham. I'm about to go into my final year of my law degree which is exciting but sad as it's the end of an era (and it's gone so fast!).

I felt that as I've been and done two years so far and I also work in the marketing department of my students union (which means organising freshers), I have a decent amount of experience with Freshers Weeks to give away some tips on how to get the most of your first year!

1. Get involved!

I can't stress this one enough! If you asked me my one regret of my Freshers week it would be not getting involved and throwing yourself into it!
Go to every event you can, whether it's clubbing events or day time things. Keep yourself busy as freshers is the only time you'll get a whole week of fun events put on for you so make the most of it!

2. Join societies!

Another big regret is that I didn't get involved with any societies until later in my first year. It's a good idea to go along to society welcome events as it's the best way to meet people with the same interests as you. There's usually some wacky societies at every university (Birmingham has 200 and these stretch from cocktails to Harry Potter to Battle Re-enactment) so there'll be something for everyone.
I would also recommend joining your course society to mingle with people on your course. I know that my course mates have became some of my best friends and without getting too soppy, I don't think I would have got through these 2 years without them.

3. Get the freebies!

Freshers are always shocked at this at first, at the start of uni you'll get freebies thrown at you. Part of my job during freshers is literally just giving out free stuff. TAKE IT! Obviously there's only so many stress balls you need but free pens, bottle openers (and of course food!) is always needed.

4. Get to know your housemates

It's not the be all and end all if you aren't besties with your housemates but it helps to get along with them! Trust me when I say having a flat where you never talk to each other is really difficult so spend the first few days getting to know who you're living with. Set out some ground rules and cleaning schedules together. Tension in a flat or house is never ideal and can cause stress so make sure you iron out any problems as soon as possible and be straight with each other about any issues. 

5. Remember that everyone is in the same boat

Nobody has met their group of close friends yet, no-one is coming to uni with a set of friends already. Keep it in mind if you're feeling lonely that there's a load of people feeling the same way. Just get to know everyone you can and eventually people will fall into friendship groups. The first few days can be tough, especially if you feel like everyone else has found their place and friendship groups, but hang on in there and you'll forge some friendships soon!

6. Have a freshers budget!

Don't blow all your student loan on freshers straight away! Set yourself a realistic budget, by realistic I mean you know that you're going to be spending a lot on drinks, nights out, new things and societies but don't break the bank for it! Also bear in mind that most big cities will have some kind of big student discount night in a shopping centre where you can stock up on a new wardrobe. 

7. Get into good studying habits, but don't stress yourself out!

First year doesn't count. This can be a double edged sword though. On the one hand it gives you breathing space to figure out what this whole university thing is, but it's still a good practice to try as hard as you can as internships etc will look at your first year grades and it stops it being such a shock when it does start to count. 

8. Use student support if you need it

Every single university has student support in place. If you need help or are having problems go and get some support, it's what it's there for! Moving away from home and starting university is a lot to take in and is a massive shock to the system and it's natural to feel all out of sorts, don't deal with everything alone if it's getting too much! 

9. Learn how to cook 

It's really easy to just live from the microwave but beans on toast will get old very fast. Learn to cook some decent balanced meals, cook in bulk and then freeze the leftovers. It'll make you feel much better if you have proper meals.

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2 comentarios

  1. Brilliant tips! Getting involved early on is so important! I always go back to uni for freshers week for the free stuff and events. There are some that, for some reason. freshers never go to but are so fun.

    Rachael at

  2. Nice sharing! Glad to read your post!



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