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Wondering if you really need this much stuff

Your parent’s car is literally rammed. Your teddy bear’s face is pressed against the back window. It takes 15 trips up the stairs to get it all up to your room. In fact, will it even FIT in your room…?

But still managing to leave something behind

Moving your entire life is difficult; something is bound to have fallen through the cracks. Let’s just hope it isn’t your toothbrush or your underwear.

Discovering that you are not Gordon Ramsey

Turns out, the only similarity between the two of you is how much you swear while you cook. Why is your oven pizza burnt on one side but raw on the other? How is that even possible? Our advice - if you can’t cook, make friends with someone who can and get learning.

Eating complete rubbish

You’re tired, you went to Fabric last night, your saucepans are all still packed, and you need food NOW. Even a pot noodle looks like a gourmet meal right now; not only does it involve waiting for the kettle to boil, but it also washing a fork. Too much. Order in.

The kitchen getting so messy it could be modern art

No one has time to do the washing up during fresher’s week, and there is definitely not enough space in the recycling bin for all the beer cans. The result is a kitchen to rival a Tracey Emin installation and… ordering food. Again.

Instant friendships based on nothing other than proximity

You’ve only known each other for 4 hours. In fact, you’ve only known all these people for 4 hours. Is this awkward? No, it’s great! Yes, you will probably soon realise that you have absolutely nothing in common and you think some of them are a little bit odd, but for now, just roll with it! Freshers’ in one of the only chances you’ll get to speak to this many new people, so make the most.

Feeling lonely

No one really warns you about this. Even though you’re surrounded by people, freshers’ can get quite lonely. You’re not used to exclusively being surrounded by people you’ve only known for 2 hours. Give it a few months and you will have found your people, but for now, ask someone to grab a coffee at Print Room and have a proper conversation? They’ll probably be glad you did too.

Going to Welcome Fair and signing up for everything you see

There is just so much choice. And the FOMO is strong. And to be fair, you’re only signing up to the mailing list so you can decide which ones you like most later.

Getting free stuff

Welcome fair is GREAT for getting free stuff. SO MUCH free stuff. Then loads of clubs and socs have free food at the welcome events.

Trying something completely out of your comfort zone

Out of those 5 events you’re actually going to go to? Make one of them amazing! There are some seriously cool opportunities to try things that you’ve never done before. Rock climbing? Why not! Glider flying? It’s on my bucket list! Bollywood dancing? Sign me up!

Going hard at KOKO and not being 100% present in your first lectures

UCL does this thing where they schedule stuff for your first week at uni. You know, the week when you’re really hung-over/tired/generally lost. Try not to fall asleep, but if you do…. Introductory lectures can’t be that important, right…?

Avoiding the library tours and then freaking out when you realise you don’t know how to use the printer

It’s a lot more complicated than it sounds, okay! Library tours are useful. And so are orientations of the computer suite. So go, and avoid the panic at 8:50 am on the day your first essay is due.

Being absolutely exhausted

Meeting hundreds of new people, making hours and hours of small talk, welcome lectures, club nights AND being permanently a little bit lost is SO exhausting. To be honest, by Friday you probably won’t even want to go out again. There’s no shame in having an early night! And anyway, you need to rally for Welcome Fair tomorrow.