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Published on September 16th, 2015 | by Kate Ellis

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6 tips to have the best Freshers Week at Reading ever

Freshers Week is almost here and you are most likely feeling an uneasy mix of nervousness and excitement.

There’s a lot of pressure during Freshers Week about how to behave and what you should do but there are plenty of ways to have a welcome week which suits you. Check out our 6 top tips to help you settle into campus and kick off your time at university.

Mix up your events

It is easy to think of Freshers Week as being entirely about lots and lots of drinking. But not every night has to involve alcohol to have a good time.

There are plenty of events happening around campus and in town that you’ll want to able to remember the next morning. You can enjoy theatre a five minute walk from university, live music gigs happening in town or check out the University of Reading’s vintage fair.

Explore beyond campus

The University of Reading campus is fantastic with beautiful scenery and all the amenities you could want. But take the chance during Freshers to discover the rest of town as well.

You will most likely get to know the Oracle and Friar Street pretty well over the next few years. But try exploring St. Mary’s Butts for some great live venues, pop into the Harris Arcade for independent shops or just have a wander and discover some of Reading’s hidden gems.

Sign up for a society or sports club

One of the non-alcoholic highlights of Freshers week are the sports, societies and volunteering fayres. Finding a society or club to join is not only a great chance to pursue a new interest but one of the best ways to make new friends at university.

At the University of Reading you are spoiled for choice with around 120 sports and societies to sign up for ranging from chess to ultimate frisbee. You will most likely end up signing up for dozens of clubs that you will never attend, but make sure to try out a few and discover a great new hobby and set of friends.

Don’t spend all your money at once

Once Freshers Week is over you may realise your student maintenance loan will have to last you until the end of term. Help avoid a Freshers financial hangover by checking out some cheap and free events around town.

Two venues you’ll grow to love are The Purple Turtle and the Oakford Social Club who can both offer a fantastic night out which rarely costs you anything. At the Turtle this week is free live music and a DJ set from Portishead’s Andy Smith. While at the Oakford there are plenty of free live gigs and a free comedy night to check out during Freshers week.

Get to know your campus

While Freshers Week is first and foremost about fun – make sure not to ignore the chance to get to know your campus and get ready for the academic year ahead of you.

The leap to university can be quite daunting. Luckily, the University of Reading has a series of events happening during Welcome Week to help you get to know your course, the library and other facilities available to you.

Don’t Worry

It can be easy to feel that you may be missing out during Freshers Week: that everyone around you is having more fun or making friends easier than you are. However, don’t let the fear of missing out ruin the start of a new period in your life.

A lot of fuss is made about Freshers Week but there is still plenty of time to make friends, explore as many different activities and interests as you want and to discover exciting events happening around town. Don’t feel you have to follow what everyone else is doing and discover what you love to do. Freshers Week is only the beginning…

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is a English Literature student at the University of Reading. She is interested in vintage clothes and oddities.



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