That’s where I used to live! Roeburn Hall at UCLan (sorry about the 2007 camera phone picture!)
We made this as a group in my flat and stuck it on our kitchen door – it was a good bonding activity!
It’s been seven years since I was a fresher at uni but I can still remember it like it was yesterday. That first couple of weeks was a whirlwind of nerves, confusion and erm vodka. My little cousin Chloe is off to uni this year and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of the things I learned whilst at university.
This first instalment is 5 tips for surviving your first year at uni, the things that are important to know from the get go.
- If you’re the first person to arrive at your flat, grab a kitchen cupboard and drawer in a good location and put your stuff in it straight away. I was the first person in my flat and forgot to do this and ended up with the cupboard under the sink!
- In the first couple of weeks be friendly and welcoming to everyone that you meet, you might just find yourself a best friend. Also ask people what course they’re doing as they might be doing the same as you – if they are give them your number and arrange to meet before your first lecture. Safety in numbers.
- Familiarise yourself with the campus before your first classes begin – you don’t want to be late on your first day. Go for a walk around and scout out where the shops, pubs and restaurants are as well – this is a good activity to do with your flatmates.
- Be social with your flatmates – they might not be your best friends in the end but you still have to share a living space with them. They’ll be the first people you meet too, so you’ll spend a lot of time with them in the first few weeks.
- Once you’ve unpacked all your belongings, leave your door open when you’re in your room – this makes it easy for people to come and talk to you! Pop a sign with your name on it on the outside too – so people remember your name
Just a bit of advice for the first few weeks in a new place, check back tomorrow for some tips for your first lecture.
Where are you off to uni?