Welcome to University! This is your first year and you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. With so many opportunities being thrown in your face, it can be difficult to know exactly what you need and should prioritise for! We’ve written a checklist of things you should consider completing during freshers week.
Make sure all your university details are correct!
This includes your contact information, student card and that you have access to your university email account. Frustratingly sometimes universities can get these things wrong. You don’t want to miss important information or courses because of something silly like this!
Settle in your university accommodation
If you’re living in university halls then the sooner you find your feet the better! Get to know your flatmates as these are the people you will be living with for the next year. This is the opportunity to divide up your kitchen/bathroom spaces. Unpack your belongings and make your room comfortable by decorating it just the way you want!
Get comfortable with your surroundings
Find and explore your way around campus! Make sure you know how to get between classes, where libraries are etc. It is also important to get familiar with your local area as well, as it will be your new home for the next 3-4 years. Visit your local supermarkets, restaurants, pubs and entertainment and have fun! Consider inviting a newfound friend to explore your new town or city with!
Attend university socials or events
Socialising with other first years is important – it’s how friendships form! There will be lots of University events happening throughout freshers from club nights to society run taster events! Check out your freshers’ fair, university Facebook pages and bsynergetic’s events page to make sure you don’t miss out!
Join a club/ society
Joining clubs and societies in university is a great way to meet new people, get involved in your University life and see what you like. First-year is the opportunity to explore a wide range of clubs and societies, perhaps you will find a new hobby or interest! Visit your university’s freshers’ fair stand and see what your university has to offer!
Make sure you have all the student essentials.
Ideally, you should’ve prepared most of these before you moved from home but just in case here’s a list of some of the items you will need in your day-to-day life:
- Student bank account
- Public transport travel card
- Student discount cards
- A bag for carry your books around
- Clothes for different weather and social settings
- Kitchen supplies and utensils
- Laundry items such as a clothes horse, washing bag, detergent etc.
- Cleaning supplies such as bleach, disinfectant, rags etc.
Register with your GP
Find your local GP and register with them as soon as possible! Throughout your time at university, you are bound to get ill at least once, especially with freshers’ flu spreading around! You don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you are unable to receive medical assistance when you are ill. It is also a good idea to get familiar with what your university/ local GP offer in terms of mental health assistance. Most universities will have on-campus counselling which you can take advantage of if you need to!
Attend your introductory lectures!
This may seem like a given to some of you, whilst some may see them as pointless! Attending your introductory lectures are important to learn about what you will be doing on your course, and your lecturers will likely be handing out important handouts such as timetables, locations of lectures and any last-minute notices or changes that you need to know about! It’s also a great opportunity to get to know your classmates and lecturers as they are the ones that will help you get through your time at university!
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