18 Mistakes Every Single Fresher Will Make In Their First Year Of Uni

1. Getting With Your Flatmates

This is somewhat inevitable, it always happens... you and a flatmate end up getting with each other on that first Freshers night out together. 

It will then constantly get brought up in drinking games such as 'never have I ever' all throughout your University time

2. Not Taking Enough Photos

Freshers is definitely a time to get camera happy so you can remember those drunken memories for years to come.

university selfie

3. Forgetting The Essentials

Preparing everything you need to take to University with you can be a daunting task, so it's inevitable you'll forget something!

Luckily we have created a (complete guide) which outlines everything you need to take to University with you, so you're fully prepared for Freshers

University Packing

4. Hiding In Your Room

When you first move into your accommodation and theres lots of strange people wandering around, it may be tempting to hide in your room and lock the door.

But you're going to be living with these people for a year, maybe more - so this time is absolutely ideal to get to know your flatmates!

We would strongly advise buying yourself a door stop and keep your door wide open, to make it as inviting as possible for others to meet you properly


5. Annoying Your Neighbours

Sometimes it's all too easy to forget there are other people living around you, especially when getting back from a night out at 4 in the morning.

It's best to all get along when living in halls, so be considerate - we all know what a drunkard sounds like and it's definitely something you don't want to hear when you're cramming in revision or an easy the night before!

student accommodation neighbours


6. Not Making The Most Of Freshers Week

Freshers Week is without a doubt one of the most important and fun weeks of the year! It is the perfect time to get out and meet as many people as possible. One of the best sides of University is the social aspect, and you should take full advantage!

In every city there is always a variety of different events going on, so it's always good to experience as many as possible

At Complete Students we host events all across the UK, so make sure you (check them out here)


7. Signing Up To Every Single Society

Admittedly, if they have a Harry Potter society at your University then you should totally check it out. 

It's easy to get caught up in the hype of your Freshers Fair where all the societies will have a stand, trying to recruit as many members as possible. But writing your name down at the Freshers Fair for lots of societies can become expensive as most have a joining fee to get on board!

It's usually best to check the societies list out before you move to University and select a good few that interest you the most. 


8. Ditching Your Parents At The Door

In the desire to look cool in front of your new flatmates you might want to ditch your parents as soon as they've helped you move everything into your new room. But don't forget who's drove you half way around the country to get you there!

Perhaps you could persuade your parents in taking you out for a meal before they leave - after all it'll probably the last decent thing you'll eat all week.


9. Not Backing Up Their Work

I'm sure you've heard it a million times before, but we cannot express how important this is! There is nothing worse then writing an essay late at night for hours on end, only for your laptop to crash and for all the work to go into thin air!

We recommend using an online-storage site such as Google Docs which automatically saves your work as you go along.

Student Panic


10. Sleeping Through Your Lectures

Who doesn't love a good sleep or nap? But the reality is everyone came to University to learn and not spend every minute in bed, no matter how tempting that sounds...

If you haven't perfected your morning survival ritual yet, then it's probably best you only go on nights out in where you can feel guilt free having a lie.


11. Setting The Fire Alarm Off At 3AM

At some point during your year at halls, it is inevitable that the fire alarms will go off late at night due to someones horrendous ability to cook whilst drunk.

So if you're someone who gets the munchies after a night out, make sure you stock up on food that doesn't require any contact with an oven - or alternatively pick up a greasy kebab on the way home!


Student Fire Alarm


12. Not Signing Up To The Doctors Surgery

Without your parents there to nurse you back to health or attend to your ever need, we would recommend you signing up to your local doctors surgery for those times in need.

It's very easy to completely forget so sign up, but theres nothing worse then being ill without anyone to give you the correct medical advice when you really need it


13. Leaving Dishes Until Their Mouldy

I don't know anyone who likes to wash the dishes, but you'll like the consequences of mouldy and dirty dishes even less.

It's worth creating some form of cleaning plan with your flatmates, either you clean up after yourself or there is a rota in place to ensure it's split fairly.


14. Locking Yourself Out 

Get to know the security guards who look after your accommodation/halls, it's well worth having these guys as your friends especially for those times when you forget your key and you're locked out!

A new set of keys can cost upwards of £60 (which is absolutely ridiculous) - so keep those keys glued to you at all times! 

locked out


15. Never Ringing Home

It's easy to get carried away with your new exciting life at University but that doesn't mean you should forget about your parents and friends back home.

No doubt back at home everyone will be missing you lots and would appreciate updates of how you're getting on.


17. Forgetting To Budget

Freshers Week is well known to be one of the most expensive weeks at Uni, so budgeting after this week is definitely a must!

You won't want to ruin yourself financially, otherwise you may well be calling back home for some help

student budgeting


18. Leaving It Too Late To Find A Job

As you can imagine when everyone goes to University in September/October time there is a mad rush for everyone finding a job, so the earlier you get on the hunt the better!

Luckily we have some student jobs available so make sure you (click here and sign up!)