The Fresher Survival Guide
Published Monday, 22 September, 2014 by Beth Bradshaw
Get ready for the craziest, messiest and biggest week of your life…
Arm yourself with paracetamol, cold & flu remedies, Berrocca, ibuprofen and vapour rub – anything that will counteract the inevitable fresher’s flu. Of course try and avoid it at all costs, but believe you me – it’s coming for you.
Try to stick to one type of drink all night – doing this will most definitely reduce the severity of your hangover the next day.
Stick to volumes you’re comfortable with – everybody has a different tolerance level so don’t try and compete with your flatmates, it will only end with your head hanging over the toilet all night and a pounding headache in the morning.
Look after each other – after all, these are the people you’ll be living with for the next year or maybe more, so try and look out for one and other.
Don’t be the drunken liability on a night out. Your flatmates won’t thank you for ruining their night by spending the whole night having to hold your hair up in dirty nightclub toilets.
Knock on the next door and meet your neighbours. It’s a good idea to try and meet lots of new people on your first week - going out in a big group is a lot safer and you’ll be less likely to lose everybody and find yourself stranded in a jammed nightclub.
Drink plenty of water – lots of booze daily can really dehydrate you so make sure you try to drink 2-3 litres a day and look after your body. Try peppermint or green tea to settle and cleanse your stomach after a night out, but my favourite is ginger tea/beer (non-alcoholic, obviously!) as ginger has naturally occurring anti-nausea properties. Great when you’re feeling a bit yucky.
Don’t be peer pressured into doing anything you don’t want to do. It’s okay to be cautious and careful, especially in a city you are unfamiliar with and even more so if alcohol is involved.
Be considerate of others around you – it’s an emotional and scary time for everybody.
One of the most important survival tips for freshers: EAT. I know so many freshers last year who just didn’t eat and skipped all meals (that is, besides a takeaway on the way home from a night out). Here are a few of the best foods to ease a hangover, and also those to avoid at all costs…
Rather than going out every…single…night…try a flat night in with cooking up a big dinner for you and your flatmates - have a look at my blog from last year which includes lots of tried, tested and easy family dinners for you to try. Whack a film on, get cosy and chill out for one night!
Your student loan is not your fresher’s week subsidy. Remember it’s got to last you until January (!!), so be sensible with it.
Don’t be that flatmate that never made it out on fresher’s week because they drank too much at pre-drinks. You’ll never live it down.
Make the most of it and enjoy yourself. After all, you’re only a fresher once!