Make friends with everyone, but don’t make best friends until you’ve settled in- moving to university is a great time for meeting the friends of the rest of your life, but in the first few weeks of getting there I wouldn’t advise assuming someone is your new best friend so telling them all of your deep and dark secrets!
Bring a door stop- It maybe not allowed but I’d strongly recommend bringing one to keep your room door open so you can socialise and meet all those new people.
Don’t drink too much- I know it seems fun to drink lots and have a great time during freshers week, but I’d warn against it. First of all you don’t know the people you’re going out with that well, and even though everyone is generally really nice you don’t want them to have to look after you as you become best friends with the toilet. You also don’t want to do something stupid like be the person that falls down the stairs.
Bring fancy dress- During freshers week there is at least one fancy dress party and generally university is full of fancy dress events, and though part of the fun is going to Primark and spending little amounts of money on a dodgy costume it’s always good to come prepared! I went for a sailor hat so at least I had something.
As well as fancy dress bring a large white sheet- Obviously they will work for one of the many toga parties you get invited to, but mine has also been used as my friend’s Jesus costume (yep you read that right) and my cloud costume (yep yep yep).
Have the right forms- Make sure you have all you need for your first few days as you don’t want to be like my friend who brought nothing to the meeting where all you needed to do was bring the form. He knows who he is!
Bring lemsip- Oh the lovely lemsip it will either save you from freshers flu or nurse you back to health.
Bring a printer- I know they are expensive, but if you can buy one I would recommend it as you don’t want to be in that mass group of people trying to print out there essays 10 minutes before the 12 o’clock deadline.
Ride the paternoster- (I doubt people at other universities read this, but this is specifically for Leicester students) it’s possibly the best part of handing in an essay. It’s also where you can really understand the facebook group ‘That awkward moment when you pass somebody on the UoL paternoster’.
Buy books second hand- Sometimes you can’t, and sometimes it’s not worth it, but when you can- do it as it will save you a lot of money!
Call home- it may not be a short phone call and it may not be fun, but do it to make your parents happy… they probably miss you and are worried about you.
Go to Red Leicester- (another one just for UoL students). It’s the ultimate cheesy student night- full of costumes, dancing and S Club 7.