Fresher Advice

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!

Top 3 Things To Remember

We've got your back

University is a big change from school and we know that. As Freps, we are here to support and help you. If you have a problem, trust us to give you a hand and don't think you have to go it alone. We're here for you.

Give it a go!

There are lots of events and activities at Mildert, advertising societies, sports and more. The great thing about college is that you don't need to have touched a ball in your life to try out a new sport or have acting experience to join MildARTS. Try out something new and don't be scared to give it all a go!

Don't feel pressured

Fresher's week caters for all. From the all-night partyers to the 9pm breakfast-tea club, there are social events available for everyone. Don't feel pressured to go out or stay in if you don't want to, because there will be plenty of people who are feeling the same as you who you can get to know at the events that suit YOU.


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.

Bottle opener

We don't want any broken teeth around college.

Coat hangers

Pretty useful!

Fancy dress

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.

Klute Shoes

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.

Paracetamol/Throat losengers

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.

Reed diffuser

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.