(Original post by Emmzaa)
In my experience it was a mixture of extreme excitement about leaving home, meeting new people, having my independence etc. But I was also so nervous about whether I'd get on with my flatmates, would I like my course, would I make friends, could I look after myself, would I be ok away from my friends/family etc. All the basic university worries.
In my University I lived in the on campus student village. There were 15 blocks of apartments each housing abour 50-60 students and lined along the main university road. Like a village. I wasn't allowed to move in until 3pm in the afternoon so I had all morning to get worked up and nervous.
Luckily I had met all 5 of my housemates online through the University facebook page and a flat mate finder which the University had set up. So I wasn't as nervous as some people, as I at least knew a bit about my flatmates and had talked to some of them for a while.
When I arrived I was given my keys and headed up to my apartment. My legs were like jelly! I was quickly greeted by an over friendly family and one of my flatmates. I think the whole day is so daunting that meeting them for the first time isn't that scary. At least you have moving in and your parents there for a bit of a distraction. (If the conversation got awkward you could just pretend to go and help your parents with something.
We hauled everything up the stairs and they helped me unpack. All the while I was greeting more flatmate parents and having awkward quick conversations with my new flatmates. To make matters worse one of them was incredibly attractive and his mum kept making jokes about candle lit dinners to me etc. I don't think I've ever been so embarrassed. (He is now my 'best friend' though, so all's good.) By the time our parents had left we all decided to sit in the corridor and bond. It was really nice and we all found that we had a lot in common. Some people love it when their parents leave, others freak out a tad. Just take a bit of time to relax and then go and have fun!
We cooked our own individual teas and being such a fantastic cook I set the fire alarm off. Although it was a good way to meet the neighbours and we were known as the 'fire starters', everyone knew of our flat thereafter, even if we did get a bit of a beating from the security guards.
Then the alcohol was brought out as was the music and we all started to loosen up.
We pulled out a game of twister (I advise people to bring this to university, it's amazing.) and had lots of drunken laughs and many tangled limbs. We had decide earlier that evening to not go out clubbing and stay in and get to know each other..But me being me and drunk, at 11.30pm I suggested that we should be good freshers and go out. So we did. At 12.30pm we arrived at a club, all sticking together like glue and looking like startled rabbits. The drink flowed and soon we were all breaking out our best dance moves on the floor. You get to learn a lot about your flatmates in such a short time. It was quite a drunken blur involving a lot of men grinding against you (yes they take advantage of freshers) lots of cheap alcohol, and many laughs. We also attempted to steal a duck on the way home.. The next day we all lounged in the living area and made jokes about the night before and the antics that occurred.
The next night the flat opposite us invited us over and we all went out together. A big pack of 26 of us, who are all now still friends and go out 3 times a week with each other.
I love my flatmates and I am living with all of them again for my second year. They are like my second family!
All I can advise you freshers to do is to just make the most of it. Be yourself and talk to as many people as possible. Sure you may never speak to them again after freshers, or on the other hand they might become your best friends. Bonding and inviting over other hall mates is a great way to make friends. I found a couple of people on my course in the flat opposite so I had someone to go to all of the induction things with. We're best friends now.
It's an amazing experience, although daunting. Make sure you leave you door open so that you're welcoming people in. I know some people will feel like hiding under their bed and never appearing, however freshers and the first day is all about making impressions. You have to drop your safety barriers and branch out.
Don't forget everyone is in the same boat as you and just make sure you enjoy yourself and take lots of photos.