Ultimate Fresher Week guide: Everything you need to know for university

By Nuray Bulbul

Freshers’ week is the perfect way to meet new people and establish friendships from all walks of life.

Universities can be very social places, so this offers you a great opportunity to find new things to do.

Some universities host sports fairs and society fairs, which are essentially a designated number of areas, often in a big hall, to advertise sports clubs and societies.

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It can be very tempting to briskly walk through it quickly, so make sure to keep your options open and attend taster sessions.

Also important to remember missing out on Freshers’ Week doesn’t mean you’ve missed the opportunity to sign up on socials and taster sessions. Clubs and societies run taster sessions for the first couple of weeks after the academic term officially starts.

Here's everything you need to know for a memorable Freshers' week.

What happens during Freshers’ Week?

Freshers’ week is a welcome period for new students starting out at university. It’s designed to help you unpack, learn more about your course, campus and clubs as well as make friends.

You might have classes during this week so make sure you’re up to date with your academic calendar.

Typically starting at the end of September, this week is dedicated for you to get involved and have a great time, so forget what your friends or family are doing on the other side of the country.

What to do before Freshers’?

A big part of Freshers’ week is helping you settle in and complete the dull but necessary administrative procedures that will enable you to register to your university - so make sure you’ve completed any prior registration before arriving. Also don’t forget your passport and student finance application.

If you’re on social media, it might be worth checking on Facebook if any groups have been created for your academic year.

How much money do you need for Freshers’?

The average UK student can expect to spend around £283 on Freshers’ week activities, although this amount will vary depending on how social you are and where you choose to study.

The following universities have come up with their own estimates: Leeds - £227, Cardiff - £292, Birmingham - £287 and Manchester - £325.

You don’t want to be spending all your allowance on the first week of your academic year, so make sure you budget correctly to avoid being left cashless for the rest of the academic year.

What to look out for

Billed as one of the most exciting, memorable weeks of your life, Freshers’ week means you will also make your fair share of blunders. Watch out for these.

If you’re not vigilant with your budget then as mentioned above it can leave you cashless for the rest of the term.

Another problem you might face is one everybody is already concerned about, which is the infamous freshers’ flu. A sniffly nose, a sore throat, or even feeling low can make you worry or panic that it could be coronavirus. It’s important to remain calm and stay at home, stay safe and communicate with others.

If you’re free of any flus or colds, another common mistake is locking yourself in your room as soon as you move in. It can be tempting to hide away in your room to avoid any awkward small talk, but the fact is you’re going to be living with these people for an entire year, so it’s best to start off on a good note.

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