Starting university can be a daunting experience, especially if you have travelled away from home. Here are my top tips on how to make the beginning of university a fun and relaxing time.
1. Get out and socialise
My number one tip is to talk to everyone you meet, they’re all just as eager to make new friends as you are. Try not to make the mistake that I did, by locking yourself in your room on the first night of university and watching the dreaded X-Factor. There’s no need to be afraid of knocking on random people’s doors and meeting new people. Luckily for me I was invited to a party later that night which instantly made me feel better. You are all in the same boat, so you have nothing to fear.
2. Find out more about who you are living with
A great way to get to know your house/flat mates is to have a house dinner. Arrange a day that you are all free and then cook up something tasty. I recommend a pasta dish as it’s cheap and you can make a large amount. You could also arrange a movie night to find out your housemates favourite films. Or, have a games night that gets everyone involved. If you are living in a studio or flat by yourself, get to know your neighbors and the people living in your building. How about inviting them to Wing Wednesdays at The Inferno on Holdenhurst road where you can get chicken wings for 25p each after 5pm. Getting to know who you are living with will help you to become more comfortable in your surroundings and make uni more like home.
3. Go to Fresher’s Fair
Take an empty rucksack with you, you’ll definitely need it! Fresher’s Fair is a great for getting loads of freebies. Last year, I brought home a bag full of goodies including bars of chocolate, noodles and a bottle of fairy liquid. If you and your flatmates go together the more you’ll get. You’re a student now, ‘free’ is your new favourite word. As well as this it gives you a chance to look around at what clubs and socials you can join. I’d advise signing up to as many as possible, it doesn’t mean you have to commit to any but they’ll be able to contact you to receive more information.
4. Explore the town
Having a wander around the town will help you to get to know where everything is. On my first day of being a fresher I went with a friend into town and she showed me different ways of getting into the town which helped me to get a sense of where everything was. Of course, you can’t come to Bournemouth and miss the beach. It is personally my favourite thing about coming to Bournemouth University, where I hold so many fond memories. Take advantage of it, especially as most of you will be living in the town or will have a free bus pass that goes to the beach.
5. Find out more about the student union
Luckily for us, we have an absolutely amazing student union that creates a lot of events to help you get settled into uni. The Fire Station throughout the year hosts a range of different events that I recommend going to. Whether you’re a die-hard indie fan or a sucker for cheesy music there is something for everyone. If you’re interested in stand-up comedy, there are regular comedy nights which are always good fun. My advice is to not sit on the front row! Also, watch out for who are playing at the fire station as they have well-known bands and singers playing there from time to time.
6. Enjoy yourself!
You’re only a fresher once, so have fun! You will hear lots of people telling you that your first year doesn’t count towards your final degree. Now, I’m not advising you to not work hard, as we all know how good it feels when you get a high mark. That said, stay calm if you do get a bad mark. These are the best years of your life so try not to spend them worrying.
Lastly, take lots of pictures, try as many new things as possible and make some amazing memories. Who you become friends with now may just become your friends for life.