What to Avoid in Your First Month of Being a Fresher

Rebecca de Sá | Content Writer

You are finally here. You have left home and started university. You are looking forward to your first term as a fresher and the prospect of meeting new people and having fun. There have been lots of the articles written about what to expect as a fresher, focusing especially on what students should do to make the most out of the first few weeks of term. However, with the help from previous freshers, this article compiles a list of things that would be best to avoid during those initial weeks of university.

  1. Do not sign up to every society on offer at freshers’ fair. Realistically, you are not going to go to any of the meetings. And the free pen is not worth the £20 membership. Choose wisely depending on your interests and you will find societies are great places to make new friends.
  1. Do not break the furniture in other people’s accommodation. The kitchen table in your friend’s flat might look sturdy, but keep your dance moves for Medicine. Your friends will not thank you when they lose their deposit.
  1. Do not wear heels to the fresher’s ball or on other nights out. It might feel like a fairy-tale at first, but having to leave at midnight is not as fun in real life.
  1. Do not set off the fire alarm while trying to chef it up in the kitchen. No matter how hungry you are at 3:00 a.m., trying to cook a frozen pizza in the toaster will not win you any friends when everyone is standing outside in the cold.
  1. Do not use a vacuum to clean up vomit, unless you want to stop other flats from borrowing it. Be warned, you will never get rid of the smell.
  1. Not everything can be eaten. You might be feeling peckish at 1:00 a.m., but some things, like dry oxo cubes, are best avoided. And drinking a bottle of Tabasco to prove to your friends that you can handle chilli… well, that never ends well. 
  1. Know your limits. Fresher’s week is a constant party but take it easy. Most importantly, always keep an eye on your drink and stay safe. Pro tip: the Student Union offers ‘spikeys’ to put in your VK to prevent spiking.
  1. Starting university can be lonely, but do not rush into a relationship. Try to avoid ‘flatcest’ at all costs. A breakup between yourself and a flatmate can lead to a very uncomfortable year for you and all the rest of your flatmates.

So, there you have it. A list of things that are best to avoid during your first few weeks at university. But do not worry if you break one or more of the rules above. You will not be the first, and it will not ruin your university experience.

Remember that you can only get out what you put in. Try to make new friends even if you are usually shy. Be confident, but do not pretend to be someone you are not. And above all – have fun.

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