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50 Essential Dos & Don’ts Every Fresher Should Hear

University is almost here, which means thousands will move away from home and experience the student lifestyle for the first time. 

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Having been inundated with various pieces of advice regarding university life, most will be feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement towards their impending freedom – only half knowing what to expect. Well, forget everything anyone else has said to you – this is the only information you’ll need.

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Our essential guide on how to act and what to do during Freshers’:

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Don’t: Sit in your room with the door closed – that’s no way to make friends.

Do: Buy a doorstop. It’s more social and invites people in to say hello.

 

Don’t: Try to drastically reinvent yourself – people will see through you.

Do: Start a fresh, be yourself and if necessary, attempt to land a better nickname than the one given to you in school.

 

Don’t: Make a bad first impression – you don’t want everyone to remember you for the rest of the year as “that weird guy who vommed on me in freshers’ week”

Do: Be wary of the prospect of a bad campus reputation – word spreads quickly!

 

Don’t: Ignore all the paperwork you need to sort regarding funding and enrolling – it’s boring, but needs to be done.

Do: Get it over with asap then spend the rest of the week loving life.

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Don’t: Stay in. You’ve got all year to do that (though don’t do that either).

Do: Go out whenever anyone asks – and if they don’t ask you, ask them!

 

Don’t: Be the boring flat obsessed with keeping everything tidy.

Do: Have a party, inviting all the other flats round for drinks before you head out. You can worry about the mess later.

 

Don’t: Worry and panic about not making friends/no one liking you/that weirdo down the hall.

Do: Relax and be cool, and everyone will want to be around you.

 

Don’t: Judge and be bitchy.

Do: Be welcoming of everyone – this isn’t college or school, nobody comes to university to form cliques, and if you try you’ll be avoided.

 

Don’t: Give up alcohol.

Do: Use it to your advantage, you don’t have to go overboard, but it’s easier to break the ice if you’re all a little tipsy.

 

Don’t: Turn up empty handed.

Do: Bring something to the table (flat) – a TV, a Wii, an instrument – anything to give people an excuse to be your friend.

 

Don’t: Reveal all of your most embarrassing secrets in a game of ‘I Have Never’.

Do: Tactfully choose when to drink, saving yourself for the wild night out ahead.

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Don’t: Be oblivious to the world of drinking games.

Do: Read up on the rules beforehand, and you’ll be the centre of every party.

 

Don’t: Lose everybody on the night out.

Do: Stick with the group, getting involved with shots at the bar and having fun with your new flatmates.

 

Don’t: Deactivate your Facebook account because of all the embarrassing photos being uploaded.

Do: Embrace the flood of shameful pictures! Use it wisely as a tool to make and keep friends.

 

Don’t: Pressure anybody that doesn’t drink.

Do: Get to know everybody as well as you can, teetotallers are people too!

 

Don’t: Ignore the “fresher 15” – a term coined across the pond to describe how everyone will either gain or lose 15 pounds in their fresher year.

Do: Join the gym, or at least try to eat well.

 

Don’t: Think that Freshers’ flu is a myth – you will catch it.

Do: Sign up to a local doctor.

 

Don’t: Sleep with a flatmate.

Do: Keep your distance, getting to know everyone you live with before making life awkward for all parties involved.

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Don’t: Blow your loan in fresher’s week.

Do: Watch what you spend and remember that you have to survive until Christmas.

 

Don’t: Refuse to go to certain clubs because it’s “not your scene”.

Do: Try as many bars and nightclubs as you can, making the most out of fresher’s week and keeping everyone happy.

 

Don’t: Spend all your time talking about your friends at home – people will get sick of it.

Do: Act like your new friends are the only ones you need.

Don’t: Get into a relationship in the first week. It won’t last, and when you break up it will cause a rift in your friendship group.

Do: Stick to that “I’m going to have fun in my first year” attitude.

 

Don’t: Piss off your warden the first time you meet them.

Do: Keep them sweet and they’ll let you get away with more.

Don’t: Sleep through Freshers’ Fair – despite how hungover you may be.

Do: Go and sign up to all the things you physically can. You’ll also get a heap of free stuff.

 

Don’t: Wait for the fun to come to you. There’s loads out there, but it waits for no one!

Do: Get involved and dive in. Remember that everyone is in the same boat.

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Now you know, you’re ready to have the time of your life.