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Freshers: what to expect in your first term at university [video]

Freshers' week, the freshers' fair and the first term – what can you expect during your early student days? Our roving student video reporter finds out more…

Plus, we've got some advice to help you handle your first-term experience, along with our colourful infographic showing a typical university first term - in numbers... 


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Here are some more experiences you can expect in your first term at uni…

Joining a uni society, club or sports team

University freshers’ fairs will give you the opportunity to discover all the weird and wonderful societies available for you to join. This is a great way of meeting new people that share similar interests and hobbies to you. If you are looking to join a sports team, universities tend to host trials in the first couple of weeks.

Moving out and settling in

Over half of students found living away from home easier than expected, according to our 2012 freshers’ survey. If you’re moving to a new place, there are lots of opportunities to meet new people. It’s important to remember everyone is in the same boat, so everyone will be looking to make friends. It is natural to feel homesick at times too.

First experience of your course

More than half of the students we spoke to said they’d found their course more enjoyable than expected. Make the most of your course and turn up to all of your lectures – even 9am starts after a heavy night.

Budgeting problems

Your student loan may seem like a jackpot, but it’s likely it won’t stretch as far as anticipated. 39% of students surveyed found budgeting far more difficult than expected, whilst a fifth had already gone into their overdraft. If you’re struggling, your University will be able to offer advice on financial support.

Source: An online survey of 1,200 students who have just completed their first semester of university, between 11 and 19 December 2012, conducted via YouthSight.

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