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Advice For Freshers Week

This is a short guide to things that you might be worried about when coming to university. The first thing to note is that it is normal to be worried or anxious and you certainly won’t be the only one thinking about such things or seeking advice on what is the best way to deal with them. If you have any problems not covered here or would like more help then don’t hesitate to contact a member of the JCR welfare team.

If you have any questions or want to know more about anything then just get in contact we’d be happy to answer any queries you may have.

You can email us here or the College Administrator, or find Fylde College on Facebook or anywhere else on the web and send us a message 🙂 (Links all in the Sidebar >)

Telephone for emergency service 999


For International Students make sure you have:
– All the necessary documents and their photocopies  ( Visa, Previous Transcripts, Letter of Offer, Passport, CAS form )
– Clothing for Winter
– Mobile Phone
– Residence Details
– Money in Pound sterling
– Passport size photographs (about 10)


I’m worried about leaving home/homesickness

This is the classic worry/problem during freshers week and the first few weeks of being at university. Whether you are from Manchester or Malaysia it is something that lots of people suffer from.

One of the best ways to combat this problem is to have fun! Joining clubs and societies is a great way to do this. Whether it’s a sports society, the baking society or the computer gaming society there is something out there to suit everyone’s taste and becoming part of a like-minded community is a great way to  have fun and take your mind off those home sickness worries

Skype and other video conferencing websites/software are a great way to keep in touch with everybody be it your parents at home or your friends at another university. Also be sure to get yourself a student railcard as you will quickly make your money back on those train journeys home or to the airport.

I’m worried that I will struggle to make friends

This is another common fear of people just starting university. The clichéd response to this is “just be yourself” and in this instance, the cliché couldn’t be more right! However I’ll give you some tips on how to go about doing this.

Get involved in everything and anything. During your freshers week and the first few weeks of term there will be so many things going on that you won’t be able to do all of it, but you can try your best! Night’s out, Night’s in, Day events, Evening events, sports events, freshers fair. It will all be happening and you should try and get to as many things as you can to meet as many people as you can as this is how you will make friends.

I can’t cook

Firstly, you are probably better at it than you think you are, you just need to keep at it. From personal experience the best way to get good at cooking is to keep doing it. You may have to eat a couple of imperfect meals but as long as you learn from your mistakes you’ll be cooking gourmet meals in no time!

Using recipe books or websites is a good place to start. A great book that I used was “nosh for students” but there are thousands of student cookbooks and websites out there so try a few and see what suits your tastes and skills best.

The third tip I will give, again from personal experience is to cook together with flatmates or friends. You may only be good at cooking one thing but if 5 of you take it in turns to cook your own things to share then that’s 5 good meals in a week rather than you having the same thing every day.

I’m worried the work will be too hard

The work should only be too hard if you make it hard for yourself. Everybody starting university has a similar level of qualification and has to meet certain entry requirements. The courses are designed with this in mind so you won’t be expected to know lots of difficult university level things before you start. Often courses will even go over basic key concepts that you may already know at the start of the course to make sure everybody is starting from the same point. As long as you; attend your lectures, seminars, workshops etc., do the recommended reading and stay on top of your work not leaving it all to the last minute, then you will be absolutely fine. If you’re doing all this and are still struggling then most departments have an ‘academic advisor’ system so give them a visit or have a chat with the JCR education and employability officer.