You’re going to spend a lot of time going out clubbing this week. And that means you’re definitely going to be spending a lot of time nursing a hangover.
Here are our recommendations to get you through your first days at York:
1. Cry with friends.
The good thing about hitting it hard in Freshers’ Week is that everyone around you is too.
2. Look at all the club photos on your college’s Freshers’ Week page.
Perhaps best left until after you’ve got the worst of the hangover emotion (see step 1) out of the way…
via Charlie Benson
3. Take hungover selfies with your new best pals.
Bonus points if you drag yourself out of bed and pull sad faces in front of the Minster or something.
You won’t have had time to do this initially in all the excitement of meeting your flatmates and going on your first nights out.
5. Sample every York takeaway.
Oki’s, Efe’s, Deniz, Viking, Hong Kong Joe’s, Ali G’s, Indian Fusion… The list is endless. Try them all. Don’t let anyone stop you. Freshers’ is not the time to be cooking.
6. Eat even better FREE food with your JCRC.
Check out the daytime Freshers’ timetable, it’s not all just clubbing. Some colleges do grub crawls. Grub crawl = the free food equivalent of the bar crawl you did last night that put you in this situation in the first place!
7. Reheat last night’s McDonald’s (if you’re too dead to get dressed and go out).
The one you were too drunk to eat last night. Go on. Everyone does it.
8. Netflix and chill. (No. Literally.)
Ok so there’s not a sofa or living room in sight in York’s halls, but hopefully you’ve got that one flatmate who brought a TV you can huddle round in their room and eat aforementioned essential foodstuffs.
9. Attend your college’s cruelly-timed daytime events.
A college photo the morning after a night out? An hour-long fire safety talk THE MORNING AFTER A NIGHT OUT? Yeah, we’re not so jealous of you freshers after all…
10. Explore campus before lectures start.
The benefit of York being a campus uni is that it’s all easily accessible on foot or via very frequent campus buses. This activity is best enjoyed in pyjamas/onesie plus a coat (the coat gives the impression you’re trying and protects you from York’s already dropping temperatures at this time of year).
11. Walk the walls.
Only once you can be trusted to walk in a straight line, they aren’t actually walled on both sides and are really quite far off the ground in places.
12. Consider taking the night off.
And then probably don’t. We’re not saying you can’t (and if you’re actually ill of course you should) we’re just saying You Only Fresher Once.
13. Plan tonight’s fancy dress.
An excellent distraction from your hangover is, of course, getting ready to do it all again and pretending you’re totally ready for that. Pretty much every college event is themed so check what yours is and help your friends throw something together!
14. Drink alcohol.
Fuck it, you’re gonna be hungover anyway. And you’ve got several nights of Freshers’ left yet.