Leaving home for the first time is an exciting, albeit daunting experience. But we’ve created a short list on how to best prepare you for the first few weeks of term. If you're joining UWE or UOB this September this guide is for you.
1. Fresher’s events
The most important thing – are we right? View the events lineup and secure your ticket before you arrive. We usually sell out weeks in advance, so it’s definitely worth joining the waitlist you don’t miss out. Wait list: www.bristolfreshers.co.uk/tickets
2. Join Facebook Groups
It’s always a good idea to get a rough idea of what’s going on, and whom you will be meeting and living with. They often post important information regarding halls, courses, societies and events on there too.
University of Bristol 🎓 https://www.facebook.com/groups/UOBfreshers2020/
University of West England ( UWE ) 🎓 https://www.facebook.com/groups/UWEfreshers2020/
3. Keep an eye out on the freshers page
Our fresher’s page will be your port of call for the weeks and months leading up to the start of term. There will be invaluable information on there.
4. Bring extra bevs
There’s no better way to start a lifelong friendship than offering your new flatmate(s) a beer or two! It’s a proven way to make new friends.
For those of you who hate shopping, I’m afraid there’s no escaping this one. You’re going to need to purchase some basic kitchen equipment – but there’s no need to splash the cash. A basic cutlery set, a few pots and pans, some plates and bowls and utensils will have you set! It might be worth asking family and friends if they’ve got any old bits you could have – hello freebies! You may also want to buy some new bedding sets or some funky decorations to kit out your (plain af) uni room.
6. Practice cooking
I’m not saying you have to know the ins and outs of a roast dinner, chicken casserole or Lobster Thermidor – but a few basics would be ideal. A simple pasta bake, stir-fry, or risotto won’t go a miss! Ask your Mum/ Dad for some help or grab a basic cookery book – even if you do still end up eating takeaways and ready meals for the rest of the year.
Think about your finances. Most of you will have applied for a student loan but it’s a good idea to have every thing figured out before you get there. How much is your accommodation? Will you need extra income to help cover your expenditure? Roughly how much will you have to cover each week, month or term? It’s best to have a rough budget figured out, even if you don’t end up sticking to it.
Finally, remember to have fun, get stuck in with events and stay safe. Freshers week is likely to be one of the best and most memorable times of your first year, you’ll meet loads of people, get horrendously drunk and spend the rest of your time hungover. But don’t feel pressured to go out every night if you’re not feeling it, take time out for yourself and get to bearings with your new home. Our final bit of advice would be to make the most of it! :)
UWE Freshers 2020 , Bristol Freshers 2020