Make sure you have everything you need. This means the basics like bedding, kitchen equipment, clothes etc. Here is a good website that explains what you might need: Ten Essentials to Take to University
Get your bank account sorted, you will need one. Also make sure you have some money to last you until your student loan comes through.
Arrivals day is extremely busy, hard work for all involved, but a lot of fun too.
Make sure you arrive with plenty of time, you don’t want to be rushing to get to things.
Know what is going on, our Welcome week schedule is available here.
If you are unsure of anything, ask! There will be loads of people around to help, including freshers reps, the JCR Exec, College Staff, there are no stupid questions!
It can be very daunting, arriving and not knowing anyone but remember, everyone is in the same position as you and there are so many opportunities to meet loads of new people. Get involved, take advantage of the events being laid on for you during freshers week, there is something for everyone and are a great way to make friends.
With everything going on, try make sure you also take time to look after yourselves, and don’t feel you have to do everything. Try to eat healthily and get plenty of sleep when you can, welcome week can be exhausting.
If you drink alcohol, don’t drink too much, know your limits and stick to them, there are also alternative non-alcoholic events most evenings.
Yes, it does exist, and it can be rather unpleasant. If you’re lucky, you might not get it, or succumb to it in week 3. While not very nice, unlike man flu, it isn’t fatal, so it’s always worth coming prepared. Over the counter cold and flu remedies such as Lemsip or Beechams (other brands are available) are useful to have so you can make the most of welcome week even if you are feeling a little under the weather. A basic first aid kit with plasters etc is also a useful thing to have in case of minor accidents.
Despite what you may think, welcome week isn’t just one long party, you actually have to do some important things too. Registration for example is on Sunday 1st October from 9am – 11am, you also have things like Major and Part 1 talks and departmental orientations. It is important you attend these events, so plan your days and know where you need to be and when. Make sure you check the Fylde Welcome week schedual here, and also if you haven’t already, download the iLancaster App which will tell you about all the wider university events going on.