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12 Things York Students Wish They’d Known As Freshers

You’ve got your timetable sorted, you’ve probably stalked your future flatmates on Facebook and you’re just about ready to start your Freshers’ Week at York. But there are some things that no amount of research or reading the prospectus can teach you. We spoke to York students and graduates about what they wish they’d known as freshers.

1. “It’s fine to turn up to lectures in your pyjamas.”

Stephen Harper, Engineering masters student

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Well. If it’s good enough for James Franco…

2. “Hes East seems to have its own microclimate that is specifically always cold and always windy.”

Oliver Rushton, Electronic Engineering third year

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Don’t remember them mentioning this in the prospectus. HMMM.

3. “The half price Unibus pass in Freshers’ Week will save you so much money!”

Emma Pengelly, Spanish and Linguistics third year

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Naturally you’ll use these savings wisely and make significant investments in… erm… vodka.

4. “Definitely buy a bike. Just don’t crash it like I did.” 

Jack Western, History of Art graduate

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Publicly face-planting does tend to be a good ice breaker though? Whatever works.

5. “Set up camp in the library… and then probably just never leave there.”

Tara Annison, Maths and Philosophy graduate

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When exam time rolls around there’s no knowing what you’ll do to defend your seat in the Harry Fairhurst.

6. “Remember York is smaller than you think – shit spreads.”

Roisin Edwards, International Politics graduate

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7. “It takes so much longer than you think to walk all the way to Hes East from town, damn that was a long, cold and sobering walk!” 

Connor Goodwin, Biology third year

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You’ll lose many a good friend on the long and fateful pilgrimage to that wasteland.

8. “Don’t rent with Sinclair as they’ll actually make you weed your garden when you move out!”

Jecentha Shunmugam, History graduate

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9. “Phats is good on a Friday night but dress like you’re prepared for the 700 degree heat in there.”

Becky Welch, English third year

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Is that sweat dripping from the walls?

10. “Whatever you do, do not underestimate the geese.”

Benedict Townsend, Law graduate

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We all know that if your route to campus is obstructed by geese, you simply turn around and retreat back to your home again. It just isn’t safe.

11. “York is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, there’s so much to do, don’t spend all of your time clubbing…” 

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12. “…Oh, and don’t fuck your flatmates.” 

Helena Horton, Philosophy graduate

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Don’t say we didn’t try to warn you.