Freshers’ Week is just around the corner! It’s an amazing time where you can make loads of new friends, join societies and experience independent living for the first time. Here’s some of Mistoria Estate Agents’ tips and advice to help you get the most out of your first week at university.
Go To The Freshers’ Fair
Your Freshers’ Fair will usually be held in the first few days of term and going is a great way to find out about all of the societies, groups and clubs available. There’ll be something for everyone, but don’t try and join all the societies all at once, especially if you have to pay a membership fee at the Fair – if you do that, you’ll spend money on things you’ll never go to. Make the most of taster sessions that many of the societies offer, to see if they’re right for you.
Get All The Free Stuff You Can
You’ll be inundated with freebies during Freshers’ Week and you should definitely take advantage. You can stock up on a year’s supply of pens in just a couple of days; you won’t have to worry about paying for stationery after that!
University is a time of transition and change and you’ll meet a wide range of people from different backgrounds you’ve never come across before. Be open-minded; some of your best friendships will form with the people you never expected to talk to or get on with. The same goes for joining societies; joining something new might lead to a lifelong hobby and your whole university experience will be more enjoyable because of it.
Stay Safe On Nights Out
You’ll have some amazing nights out during Freshers’ Week, but you should always make sure you’re safe when you’re out. The easiest way to do this is not to get too drunk; eat something before you start drinking to line your stomach. When you do drink, make sure you keep your eye on your glass at all times. Get all of your new friends’ numbers before you leave the house so you can message them if you get split up in the club. Save some taxi numbers into your phone too, so you can be picked up and whisked off home quickly at the end of the night.
Be Careful With Your Money
It’s all too easy to overspend in Freshers’ Week and be left with nothing for the rest of the term. Create a budget before you start uni and stick to it as well as you can. And remember, just because other people you’re with are spending money, it doesn’t mean you have to as well.
Make sure you take into account your rent and food bills and any other other social activities such as going out for drinks with friends. Don’t forget the one-off costs like textbooks and your Freshers’ Week wristband. Remember that it could take a while for your Maintenance Loan some time to come through so don’t spend too much before it’s arrived.
Not Having Fun? Don’t Worry
Going to university can be a really tough transition and you might feel overwhelmed, especially if it seems that everyone else is having a great time. But don’t worry, there’ll be lots of people in the same position as you. Remember, it can take some people longer to settle in than others.
Sort Admin Out Before Freshers’ Week Starts
There’ll be so much going on during Freshers’ Week, you won’t really have time to sort out the important matter of admin. Before you start university, make sure you have all the necessary documents, including your letter of application and ID. That way, when you go to register your arrival, you’ll have what you need and the process will be far simpler. You also need to make sure you’ve signed up for the student council tax exemption and have got your TV licence.
Freshers’ Week Help At Mistoria
If you still need help finding a student house, Salford, Liverpool and Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents is here to provide expert guidance, whether you’re a fresher or not. Contact us on 0161 707 6106 now.