Flashback: My first week of university - the start of something new

This year I will be going into my third year, which makes me realise how time has flown by so quickly! During my past two years at uni I have learnt a lot, and there are quite a few things I wish I knew before I started my first year.


It is completely normal to be nervous or excited during or before the process of moving in to halls for the first time (or a shared house if that’s the case)!

Admittedly, I felt both ways. Just know that probably 95% of first years would be feeling the same as it would be completely new to most freshers. Living in halls for first year would probably be the most common/recommended option, as it is a great way for you to make friends!

Packing Guide!

  • Kitchenware (cutlery, plates, mugs/glasses, pots & pans)
  • Toiletries (essentials like toothbrush, shampoo, etc.)
  • Pillow & Bedsheet/Duvet set
  • A ring binder or folder (good for any handouts they may give you)
  • Stationery
  • Electronics/Laptop (some people choose to bring a TV monitor or a desktop computer)
  • Room Decor (posters, pictures you could put up to make your room look more homely)
  • Clothes
  • Entertainment (games console, pack of cards, board game, speakers)

Making Friends

As a naturally shy individual, I worried a lot about whether I would be able to make friends, or how I would even come to do so. When I first moved into halls, my RA (Resident Assistant) was the first person I met when arrived, as she was there to guide me to my room and was very welcoming whilst doing so. I was put into Radnor halls for my first year and not long after I moved in, there was a meeting held in our flat’s kitchen. During the meeting, my RA introduced my flatmates and I to other people in our block, briefing us on the rules and other basic information.


It didn’t take long for me to realise that everyone in my flat was aged 17, like me. A few days after moving in, a meeting was held for our flat and a few freshers from the other blocks. We were then told that we were all of the known 17 year olds within our halls, then we did the standard icebreaker where we introduced ourselves and what we studied, what we enjoy doing, etc.

There are several ways you could make friends, and most people I know (as well as myself) have done some/all of the following:

  • Join a Society
  • Attend freshers events
  • Socialise with flatmates
  • Socialise with course mates
  • Attend activities organised by your halls
  • Join a freshers group/page on Facebook


The process of enrolling for my course was a little different as I was classed as an International Student. I enrolled by bringing my passport into the university’s International Office, along with my given student number (which would be included in some of the emails directed to you from the university). Enrolling was really quick and after doing so, you’d be able to view your timetable online! Additionally, if you’ve uploaded your photo for your student card, you should be able to collect your card too.

What not to miss?

I’d definitely recommend freshers events, as they are great nights out!

Best of luck on freshers/your first year! (Enjoy it while you can, and before lectures begin!)