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7 top tips for freshers

Your first week at university can seem a daunting experience. To make it a little easier, we've put together our list of top tips for arriving and settling in to university.

1. Do your research. Read up on when you need to arrive at halls and what activities will be available for you to get involved in when you start. Your university will have loads of information for you in welcome emails, on their website and on social media.

2. Plan your budget. Think about your budget before you arrive, so that you can plan for freshers' week and beyond. They'll be lots of expenditures throughout your first term, so make sure you've got enough of your student loan to cover them.

3. Don't pack the kitchen sink. It's useful to get yourself kitted out for living away from home, but there's no need to go overboard. Remember that you'll be able to pick up bits and pieces when you get there and you can even split the cost of some items with your new flatmates. 

4. Bring a doorstop. This might sound simple, but having an open door can go a big way towards making new friends. Prop your door open to let people know that they can pop in and say hello.

5. Go for a walk. Once you've unpacked, get a few of your flatmates together and go for a walk around campus and the local area. It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and could save you from the stress of being late to your first lecture because you got lost. 

6. Get stuck in with a club or society. Every university puts on a host of activities for freshers' week, including a freshers' fair, where you have the opportunity to join a variety of sports clubs and societies. This is a great opportunity to meet people, get to know the university better and experience something that you might not have done before. Try not to get overwhelmed by all the options available; pick three or four societies you like the look of and try those out first!

7. Watch out for freshers' flu. The first couple of weeks at university are all about speaking to new people and trying new things, but they're also a prime time for germs to spread. Avoid the notorious freshers' flu by washing your hands regularly; keeping your vitamin and nutrient levels up; and making an effort to get your recommended amount of sleep.

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