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Freshers: What to do on arrival day

24th September 2015
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Arrival day. Moving-in day. Dropped-in-a-new-world day. Whatever you call it, it’s one of the biggest and most eventful days of your time at university and it helps to be prepared. To get you ready for the big day, we’ve put together a few helpful pointers to help things go smoothly.

1. Before you go  - make sure you’ve got the route and times nailed down.

Arrival day can be stressful enough already without getting lost on the way. Make sure you are certain that you know exactly where you’re going and whether your halls have any specific rules about when you can and can’t move in/where you can park.

2. Register with your GP

Often, the university halls will have tables set up so that you can get registered with your local GP on the day. If these are around, make sure you seek them out and register as soon as you can. If the tables aren’t there, check out the NHS choices website to find your local GP.

3. Get your student card

The student card: the precious piece of plastic which proves that you are in fact a student. It’s probably the most important item you will have at university, so make sure you grab it as soon as possible. Again, the halls may have a spot set up for sorting out your card. As for the photo on the card, make sure it’s a good one - you’ll be stuck with it for three years!

4. Meet your new flatmates

Arguably, the most important part of your arrival day will be meeting your new flatmates. These are the people you’ll be living with for at least the next year, so it never hurts to make a good first impression. Be sure to introduce yourself to everyone, even if it’s the classic conversation of “where are you from and what course are you doing?”

5. Find out what’s going in your halls

Your halls will probably be putting on an event in the evening, to bring all the new students together and get them mingling. Go along with your flatmates and introduce yourself to as many people as you can! You’ll probably not have another event quite like it again, where everybody is so willing to meet other people, so you should make the most of it.

The most important point we can make however is to not stress! Arrival day can be a nerve-wracking experience, but remember everybody is in the same boat.

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