Starting Uni - My Tips & Tricks For Freshers Week

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

And here's one for all the HSM fans out there i.e Me!
Hi Girlies! It's now September which means one thing, It's time for Freshers! I started Uni two years ago and moving away to start Uni in a town 5 hours away from my home was one of the most daunting things I've ever done. I thought I would be okay, I don't really get homesick but sure enough, as my Mum hugged me good bye, the water works started! I felt so alone and had no idea what I was doing, it was also the first time I had been away from my boyfriend at the time who was very paranoid which didn't make things any easier. So, I thought that this would be a good time to share some advice and give you some tips, from someone whose been there and done it all. 

1. Pack lots of cold and flu medicine

You may not get ill very often at home and think your prepared for Freshers Flu, but really, nothing can prepare you for this death cold that spreads like wild fire around campus. Going out and socializing all the time doesn't leave much time for sleeping and recovering which really does ware you out and in turn, causes freshers flu. And the last thing you want while your missing home and starting your new life is some horrible cold holding you back so pack loads of night nurse, lemsip, strepsils, etc because you will need them! 

2. Be tidy

This may seem like an obvious one, but really, you'd be surprised at the some of the things your housemates will do which are just plain disgusting! Being the messy one who never does their washing up is not a good way to make friends and that first impression will stick with you for the rest of the year. Everyone will just end up getting annoyed with you if you leave everything in a mess, by all means trash your bedroom but communal areas are best kept tidy. 

3. Don't try to form a 'group' of friends

Uni is a completely different ball game to School. In School groups tend to form but at Uni this doesn't happen in the same way. Instead of small groups, everyone is in massive friendship groups and it is way like cliquey than School which I think is fab! Of course little groups of best friends will form but in general you will have tonnes more friends so enjoy it and make the most of your years of going out before it's time to settle down into a proper job!

4. Don't stress about what you look like

Your housemates are eventually going to see you without make up on so really it's better to work the zombie look as soon as you start so it's less of a shock later on in the year when everyone is used to seeing you fully made up! Really, nobody even cares what you look like, as long as you can have fun and are a nice person, that's all that matters. They're going to see you at your worst when your drunkenly crying, throwing up, falling over, etc but this is just Uni life and you should try get used to it from the start. 

5. Don't be persuaded into doing things you don't want to do

A lot of people may think that Uni is all about sleeping around and getting with everyone you can, but it's really not. If that's your thing then go for it, but people will start to lose interest after a while and it will no longer be cool. I think your best spending your time making friends and not feeling like you have to do things you wouldn't normally do, by all means go surfing, try new food, etc but if it makes you feel uncomfortable don't do it - nobody will think your cool for it. And if your having to do these things to make new friends, they probably aren't the best friends you could have. 

6. Lastly, have fun!

Starting Uni is a new chapter in your life and it's one of the best times you could have. You'll make some lifelong friends and have an amazing time - so go all out with your fancy dress, drink a little too much and dance till dawn because you're only a fresher once!


  1. Could not agree more. These are some great tips :) I started Uni last year and Flu and Cold medicine were my staples for the first few weeks! Great advice also about trying to form a group, in my first month or so of Uni I almost got stuck in a friendship group with people I had met right at the beginning. None of them were very interested in making any more friends whereas I wanted to get to know the other people in our hall! I'm so glad I branched out to make friends with different "groups" its so much better to talk to who you want and not see Uni as "cliquey" like School may have been x

    1. Apart from the cold I had a great time and its definitely better if you don't see it as being like school! xx

  2. Literally cannot thank you enough for this post, I start in just over two weeks and I'm shitting it!

    I'm giving away a MAC Lipstick of the competition winners choice on my blog if you'd like to enter

    1. That okay, glad I could help! You'll love it i'm sure, have a great first year!! xx

  3. Such great tips, I was so homesick when I first went even though I had the best time at freshers - think it was because I had only just left school and was a baby 18 year old! Haha but once I settled in I had one of the best years. I agree about nobody caring what you look like too, I rocked up to seminars in trackies pretty much every day in first year haha and it wasn't just because I was hungover! ;) xx

  4. You got me at Zac haha no but seriously you've found some amazing tips!!

    Christina xx

  5. Love the picture aha! This is a great post thanks for the advice! I'm starting soon and I'm nervous! I live in America though, but these tips are helpful! xxx

  6. these are great tips! I'm going into my second year now, i was so nervous! I got so ill aswell in the past year, more than i've been in my whole life! xo

  7. I'm starting my first year of college in 2 weeks and I'm super nervous about it. Will definitely be stocking up on cold and flu medicine thanks for the tip! :)

    Debra Bros Blog

  8. This is such a great post, I'm so anxious to start uni in the next few weeks! xo

    Hannah | Glitter and Sparkle

  9. love reading freshers posts! I start MMU next week, eeeek



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