University life may be three years of cramming, prelashing and Dawson’s Creek boxsets but Freshers’ Week is a high-octane non-stop social whirl without the nibbles.
Not only will you ask and be asked where you come from and what you’re studying a gazillion times, but you will also be desperately searching for the lifelong friends you’ve been promised.
Don’t know the games ring of fire or fives? You will learn quickly or the nights out to the nearest Oceana and Yates will be somewhat short-lived.
Dressing up will be required and best go for something unflattering. Don’t be the sexy maid or ripped lifeguard.
Naps will be few and far between so take it when its available and don’t be scared of missing a night or two, it could save your sanity – seeing Karl from neighbours ‘host’ a club night in Wetherspoons is not a necessity.
If your halls/college has a formal meal, remember you can be classy and have a good/cheap time.. take tips.
There are pitfalls to avoid however – always turn up to introductory lectures and meetings however worse for wear and avoid signing up for societies you know you will never attend.
This will stand you in good stead for your actual, you know, education.
And the final pearl of wisdom, stock up on cold and flu medication.
Whether you drink alcohol or not, you will 100% contract ‘freshers’ flu’ and be coughing and snivelling for the next month or so.