What is popularly known as Freshers’ Week is a new student’s first week at university. For many, this is equally exhilarating and scary. It means moving away from home for the first time, surrounded mainly by people you don’t know. While many new Freshers’ may appear exuberant and full of self-esteem, they are more than likely just as nervous as you are.
While you will have a lot of fun this week and upcoming weeks at Oxford, it’s always good to stay grounded as this won’t be a smooth ride. This first week will be quite hectic, but it’ll be the start of many memories and friendships you’ll make that will last a lifetime.
Navigating Your Way
One of the biggest challenges of university life is navigating your way through what will seem like endless corridors in every building, especially on a large campus. There will be many meetings and appointments you’ll need to get to, and nothing is worse than getting lost and running late, so familiarise yourself with the college’s layout, ,
Homesickness and Settling In
It’s always a good idea to get settled in fairly quickly as appointments can take a lot of your time. So, once you get the move-in date, plan on giving yourself time to move in. Homesickness is a natural thing and many students during Freshers’ Week feel unsettled. As well as other students to talk with, there is also the Student Union, who can point you in the right direction for help, if you require it.
Student Loans, Fees, and Registration.
Your first week will involve paperwork to complete and fees to pay before becoming an official student. Without this, you may not get the student loans you need to study. Contact UCAS if you need help.
Now the Exciting Stuff
Not everything at Freshers’ Week is paperwork. Here, you’ll also find the ‘Freshers’ Fair’ where the University societies, sports clubs, and other exciting organizations do their best to persuade you to get involved with them. This is an excellent chance to make new friends, to take up a new hobby or an extra-curricular activity at university level. There is also free stuff so take advantage of this and ease some stress!
Freshers’ Week is exciting and a bit nerve-wracking. Don’t worry as you aren’t alone. In this adventure you’ll make new friends, great neighbors and learn new things. Keep an eye out on your social media for university-level invitations to parties, social groups and more. Freshers’ Week is a great opportunity that’ll keep you charged up throughout your university tenure.
Most importantly, Welcome to Oxford!