No matter how much you try and imagine your first year, you’ll never truly know what it’s like until you’ve experienced it. Here’s some tips from a second year who’s been through it all!
1). The cheapest halls are the most fun
One of the most stressful parts of preparing for University is choosing which halls you’re going to stay in. The choices are wide ranging; from the fancy halls with leather sofas, flat screen TV’s and en suites, to the budget accommodations with a kitchen the size of a cupboard and a bathroom to be shared amongst 5 people. Now, you’re more than likely to be tempted by the first option, but TRUST ME, the way your halls look won’t matter to you at all once you’ve settled in.
2). People will steal your crockery
Don’t make the mistake that I did when I went kitchen shopping with my mum and ended up buying every kitchen utensil under the sun. When you get to your halls, you’ll find that everyone just ends up using each other’s kitchen items anyway, so as I had a four pack of pretty much every item of crockery, I ended up having way more washing up because other people would use them and not admit to it. It’s probably best to wait until you get to halls so that you can buy items like pans and chopping boards as a group so that you’ll save money and not end up with an overflowing kitchen.
3). Freshers week is for making fake friends
Freshers week is probably the most intense week you’ll ever experience at university. You’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone, perhaps being in a new city and having to meet new people constantly- it’s scary, but it’s fun. The key thing you have to remember is that even though you’re worried, everyone around you has the same fear about making new friends too. A lot of the friends that I made in freshers week I never even spoke to again and some of my closest friends were made way further into the year, so PLEASE DON’T WORRY!
4). You’ll have no clue what’s going on in lectures
In your first few weeks of uni you’ll probably have no idea what your course is even about. I found my lectures and seminars pretty hard to follow at first and I actually had a mini breakdown about whether I’d picked the right course. I’ve spoke to many people who’ve had similar experiences but it definitely does get easier if you persevere for a little longer!
5). You’ll spend way too much money
GET SAVING NOW because first year is an expensive year! You’ll want to say yes to as many opportunities as possible because you’ll be making new friends. Freshers week alone will cost around £100 with all of the nights out you’ll be going on, and you’ll soon find yourself sinking deeper into that overdraft. If you have the opportunity to work over summer, do it!