So far the experience has definitely been a combination of exactly what I imagined, and the entire opposite of what I imagined. Moving day was incredibly nerve-wracking at first, however by the time I’d set up my room, made my bed and hung up my fairy lights, it was really cosy and already had a homely touch to it.
The first few days were spent getting to know the area, and meeting new people. Unfortunately for me, I had a cold for the entirety of Freshers’ week, and so didn’t make it out to anything other than a trip to Spoons which ended at 11:30pm when my migraine kicked in. I know that many people, like me, are not interested in going out to clubs and drinking our Student Loan away, and therefore worry about making friends during the first week. I can tell you first hand, there are plenty of other people like that! I really recommend joining a Facebook page or a Whatsapp group for all other Freshers at your uni; everyone is in the same boat so if you announce you’re just having a quiet night in if anyone wants to join, chances are you’ll get a good few responses! Don’t worry about not making friends, I guarantee you will.
My university was great during Freshers’ Week as they put on plenty of optional events for you to attend, as well as one introduction meeting a day, ranging from 1-2 hours in length, to ease you into the groove of things. Whilst this may not seem all that exciting, it’s worth it because during this week you’ll have a lot more spare time than you realise, it makes the first few lectures far less daunting as you’ll know what to expect, and most importantly, you meet new people! I met a group of people that week who I have seen everyday since, they’re awesome! And remember to join clubs!
Don’t forget to explore the area around your campus as well, check out the town centre and find out where the buses and trains go from; you’ve got endless possibilities at your doorstep! Make the absolute most of it, I’m in love with uni life already!