You’re in a new place, with new people, trying to learn how to get by without your parents help- no doubt you will make some mistakes along the way.
But to avoid those common ones that so many before have made, here are some tips to get you through...
- Don’t buy everyone drinks. It’s hard to look at your bank balance and ignore those double figures turn into triples when your first loan drops, but it won’t just disappear if you don’t use it! You will need it for more important things later. Like food...
- Keep your bag zipped. Ladies! Keep your bag zipped or the clasp facing inwards so your belongings stay safe.
- Save taxi numbers in your phone. You’re stuck at the end of a night out freezing on the street with your friends, and no taxi in sight. Fancy being everyone's hero?
- Charge your phone before a night out. Because those taxi numbers are pretty useless without it.
- Create a Spotify playlist. It's a great way to get to know each other as you bond over your favourite tunes.
- Register at your medical centre. You don't want to have to do this when you're actually ill, so get it done before so you don't have to worry.
- Take Pictures. Sorry, no selfies - although it is Freshers' so go on then! But get some snaps of your room and report any faults straight away, unless you want to pay for them later.
- Use cash machines in well lit areas. Even better, go with a friend and keep your pin number hidden.
- Know your address. Save it in your phone, the last thing you want to do is forget it at 2am when you want to go home.
- Stick with mates. Going home with your friends is safer and let's face it, loads more fun.
- Get out of your room. Staying in and isolating yourself is only going to make homesickness worse. Go out and meet people, you’ll thank me later.
- Condoms. It’s Freshers', and with the alcohol flowing and new relationships forming you need to be prepared. This isn’t just a guy’s responsibility, girls have a say in this too.
- Have a night off. Day events and nights out are all great for meeting people but one too many can make you feel run down and lead to, you guessed it- Freshers' flu.
- Setting off the fire alarm at 3am. Don’t be that person. Just don’t do it. Unless you want to be ridiculed for at least the next year.
- Don’t get locked out. Keep your key with you and in a safe place at all times when you leave the flat.
- Sign up to societies & sports clubs. Try something new and push your boundaries, just make sure you test them out first before you commit to anything.