Freshers Week 2021: What to Expect

Your go-to-guide for Freshers post-lockdown.


Since the pandemic began, university students have faced a whirlwind of uncertainty. From online learning to self-isolating in halls, Covid has had a major impact on the university experience, particularly for first years. 

In case you didn’t know, Fresher’s week is a rite of passage for every student, where you are thrust into university life amongst your fellow peers. Covering everything from break-the-ice drinking games to which societies to join – the week-long event is your chance to adjust to your new surroundings, make new friends, and get ready for an exciting three years ahead. 

While freshers in 2020 was effectively canceled – this year, things are looking up. The success of the vaccine roll-out has aided the re-opening of nightclubs, pubs, and bars, meaning that the hungover norms of student life can finally return! 

Here are our top tips for getting through Fresher’s week 2021 – what to expect, and how to prepare. 

Be Open-Minded 

Accept that each university will be approaching freshers slightly differently. So, if some events end up going online – you should still attend them, be flexible, and have an open-mind.

Remember that universities cater for everyone, so if you’re not big on the booze, don’t worry – there will be plenty of other socials to get involved with. The most important thing is that you throw yourself into the experience, be friendly, and try new things! 

Everyone is in the same boat – more so now than ever. After being cooped up for so long, now is the time to embrace socialization!

Plan Ahead 

Given the extra hype around freshers this year, there will be second year students as well as first years wanting to get involved with all the events that have been planned. Prior to your arrival, ensure that you book your place in advance for the events that you are desperate to go to, so you avoid missing out. 

It’s also a good idea to get acquainted with your prospective flat mates before you arrive. Try and connect with them via social media beforehand - find out what they’re interested in doing, and which events they are thinking of attending. If you know where you’re going and who you’ll be meeting in advance, you’ll feel much more at ease on your first day! 

Your Go-To Checklist 

Aside from the standardized list of what you should bring to Uni, make sure you have your Covid-secure necessities. Remember your hand gel, face mask, and most importantly, a multi-pack of Ibuprofen. 

Don’t be fooled – fresher’s flu is real, and as we come out of the pandemic and start socializing again, it’s going to hit harder this year than ever before! Don’t worry though, after what feels like a week-long hangover, you’ll be feeling yourself again in no time! 


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