Fresher's week is an exciting and hectic time, stuffed to the brim with activities for Freshers to get to know the college, university and their peers. It's a scary time, and we've all been through it, so here's a bit of advice to get you through those first few weeks!
Here are some things we suggest you bring along:
A level/IB notes
These might come in handy during the first few weeks of your course
Battery-operated fairy lights
As great as fairy lights are, only battery-operated sets are allowed for health and safety purposes.
Blue tack/pins (Wear)
You'll get a poster or two in your Fresher's pack, but if you want to add a bit of personality to your room with something cute, blue tack is an essential. Wear has pin-boards, so pins are a must for you lucky kids.
We don't want any broken teeth around college.
A requirement for the majority of socials
You won't find a college that loves it more.
You'll get one during Fresher's fair, but if you want to start the year edgy and bring your own then it's a good idea.
A pair of shoes for your unavoidable nights out to Klute, the worst nightclub in Europe (after 1st place burnt down). Dark-coloured are best, no one knows quite what those floors are covered in.
Fresher's flu is real. Even the strongest of us can't avoid it.
Pre-drinks cup and separate mug
Using the same cup for your tea and vodka mixer is not a good idea. Trust us.
Candles aren't allowed in college rooms because of the sensitivity of the fire alarms, so get one of these bad boys to make your room smell as fresh as you guys are. On the note of sensitive fire alarms, be careful of aerosol cans underneath them too...
Small sewing kit
Mum's not there anymore.
Smart matriculation clothes
Because alas, we are not a gown-wearing college, we have to try and show them up in some way at Matriculation on Wednesday of Fresher's week.
Great for pre-drinks and corridor social time.
You'll need it when you hand in work and best to be prepared when you're giving it in 5 mins before the deadline.
Doesn't hurt to be reminded, good luck making friends with bad breath.
We're in the north, it rains.
A necessity for those 4am drunken awakenings. Because there's nothing worse than Fresher's dodgeball with a hangover.