Your first week at university is a week you won't forget!
There's a lot to be said about Freshers' Week - some fact, some fiction...
But to clear up some of the things you might have heard, let's take a realistic look at your first week:
1. You'll meet friends for life
If you're lucky, maybe. But don't expect to meet your soulmate after 24 hours in halls. In fact, you might think the guy in the room next door is a bit of an idiot, and he probably thinks the same about you! Freshers' Week gives you a chance to meet loads of people, but it's not the only opportunity you'll have to make friends.
Further into the term, you'll find that with socials, societies and seminars there's a much bigger world beyond your halls.
2. The fun begins and ends on campus
Your Student Union will have lots of events planned during the day and on a night, and there's obviously a lot happening on campus during the first week with Freshers' Fairs and the Freshers' Ball, but the fun doesn't have to end there!
As well as enjoying what your university has to offer, why not check out what's going on in your local town or city?
3. You'll have your best nights out during Freshers
You might do, or you might find that the things you do during Freshers' aren't to your taste. But as time wears on, relationships are solidified or new friends are made. You have a better idea of what's going on around campus too, so you can have more choice when deciding what you do!
In the mean time, just enjoy Freshers' for what it is: an opportunity to have a lot of fun with new people, in a new place.
4. It's the most stressful time you'll have at university
Freshers Week can be difficult. You've left home and things may not go as you expected, but in the grand scheme of things Freshers' Week is a breeze! In a few weeks time when you're balancing late nights with early lectures and a social life - things will seem a lot harder.
Homesickness is completely natural, and lots of students will feel the same way as you but these worries shouldn't last forever. If they do, talk to someone about it (friends, family, university support).