NEW students are all busy packing their life up ready to move away and start a new life away from home.
Freshers’ week has become a rite of passage for new students, providing an opportunity to make friends, find your way around and let your hair down before lectures start.
Freshers’ week is held for at least of week, although some universities stretch it to two, before lectures and deadlines begin[/caption]
When is Freshers’ Week?
Freshers’ week is held for at least a week, although some universities stretch it to two, before lectures and deadlines begin.
The dates of freshers’ weeks vary but it’s usually at the end of September with many university freshers’ weeks commencing either September 17 or 24.
Here are some of the dates for Freshers’ Week:
University of Leeds
Freshers’ Week will start on September 23, with a “welcome week” the week before.
University of Manchester
The week of social events will take place between September 17-23.
University of Nottingham
Freshers week starts on the September 23.l
University of Edinburgh
The welcome week for new students will start from September 10, with the main term starting a week later on September 17.
The dates of freshers’ weeks vary but it’s usually at the end of September with many universities freshers week commencing September 17[/caption]
Students can access a week of club events, comedy nights, boozy bingo and laser quest during the week commencing September 19.
University of Birmingham
Students heading to Birmingham will start their welcome week from September 17.
University of Surrey
Those starting their studies in Surrey will see a week of events start on September 24, before term starts on October 3.
King’s College London
Freshers’ events will take place from September 17.
University of Sheffield
The induction week for Sheffield-bound students will happen on September 17, leading up to term starting on September 24.
University of Oxford
Colleges and departments sent students the exact date of their freshers’ week, which can vary for different groups.
The official term teaching starts around October 8.
Freshers’ Week runs from September 23 to 29.
Queen’s University Belfast
The induction week starts on September 17, and parents can attend a reception for new students on September 16.
University of Cambridge
All the fun takes place from October 3.
Freshers’ week has become a rite of passage for new students, providing an opportunity to make friends[/caption]
What is Freshers’ Week?
Freshers’ week is a week-long event for first-year university students.
The name conjures images of drunken students falling out of nightclubs and for some this will be part of the university experience.
But, there’s more to it than that.
It’s a chance to adjust to a new city, make friends as well as find out where lectures, supermarkets and other key locations are.
The word “Freshers” is a shortened version of the American term “Freshman” meaning someone in their first year of university.
How to survive Freshers’ Week?
Freshers week is a big change, new home, new city, independence and a hectic social schedule.
The Complete University Guide has the following tips for survival.
- Arrive at your halls of residence as soon as possible. Friendships form quickly and there’s nothing worse than feeling left out.
- Leave your door open while you unpack – it’s never to early to start making friends.
- Check university emails and social media forms before you arrive. This way you’ll have the latest advice and guidance and be up-to-date on which events are happening where.
- Get a student bank account sorted and budget for the term – including Freshers’ Week. You don’t want to live on beans on toast for the rest of the year.
- Stay responsible on nights out. Eat well before drinking and keep an eye on your possessions, especially your drink.
- If you’re going home late at night, travel with friends and don’t use unlicensed mini cabs.