17 Essential Dos And Don’ts In Your First Year At York
Another university year will begin in just a few short days. That means at the end of the week, a ton of excited and anxious freshers will descend upon York.
Here are some ground rules.
1. DO: Join LOADS of societies.
You only York once – make the most of it.
2. DON’T: Sleep with your flatmate(s).
Sure, after a couple (10) tequilas it always seems like a good idea. But think of the awkwardness in the kitchen the next day…
3. DO: Roll down Clifford’s Tower.
It’s a York fresher MUST. Just try not to be sick afterwards.
4. DON’T: Stir shit up with the geese.
You’ve been warned. You have to share a campus. Stay out of their way.
5. DO: Take a midnight walk around the lake.
There is nothing more romantic than a walk round the University’s lovely lake. To be enjoyed alone, or with a friend…
6. DON’T: Swim in the lake.
The rumour that anyone who swims in the lake is taken STRAIGHT to hospital is unconfirmed, but there certainly is a lot of duck shit in there. Would not recommend.
7. DO: Get a toastie from the CU.
Often around Freshers’ time the lovely people from the University of York Christian Union are around giving away free things – they are genuinely lovely to talk to as well.
8. DON’T: Spend all your money on Domino’s.
They will be handing out their vouchers at Freshers’ Fair, but be warned – it’s still proper expensive.
9. DO: Go to Evil Eye.
It is York’s most well-known cocktail bar and it is pretty snazzy. You’ll be told it’s Johnny Depp’s fav bar… truth is he went there, like, once…
10. DON’T: Go to Kuda on a Saturday.
Nothing needs to be said.
11. DO: Get a Revs photo.
This is a cover photo staple for all York Uni students.
12. DON’T: Just go out with your flatmates.
Spread your wings, don’t be too clique-y, these are the best years of your life. Go out with all the people you will meet from all those societies that you’re going to join, or people on your course, or any random person you meet in Dusk!
13. DO: Get drunk and go on a ghost tour.
You’ll need some cool things to do with all those friends you will have made. A ghost tour is a must-do for York tourists, but like most activities, is better enjoyed after a few bevs.
14. DON’T: Arrange a second year house straight away.
Some people will be really stressed and keen to get this sorted straight away, but student renting in York is very much a renter’s market. So just relax ’til second term!
15. DO: Go to Efes for a kebab.
Efe is a York legend. But make sure you’re hammered before you chow down.
16. DON’T: Go to the library.
We’re not saying NEVER go, but you have your own room on campus. Let the second and third years study in the library and get busy pranking your flatmates like proper first years!
17. DO: Make the most of your time.
Yeah, this one is cheating a little. But seriously. The time will fly by, as graduates are all too well aware. So appreciate it, because it’ll be over before you know it.