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    You don't need to pack too much at all. I didn't come with any fancy dress but I was able to create something with the clothes I have. You can take a few but that should be enough. With regards to clothes, so many students overpack which is sad. Pack according to season. Take a few autumn clothes and maximum of two coats. You'll go back home every few weeks or at least at Christmas when you can drop off the clothes and take on winter clothes. You dont need to bring flip flops, shorts etc. You can get those when you return home for the Easter break which is before spring or summer.
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    (Original post by aakachii)
    You don't need to pack too much at all. I didn't come with any fancy dress but I was able to create something with the clothes I have. You can take a few but that should be enough. With regards to clothes, so many students overpack which is sad. Pack according to season. Take a few autumn clothes and maximum of two coats. You'll go back home every few weeks or at least at Christmas when you can drop off the clothes and take on winter clothes. You dont need to bring flip flops, shorts etc. You can get those when you return home for the Easter break which is before spring or summer.
    You're assuming /everyone/ goes home on a regular basis, I went home for 5 days over Christmas and that was it. But I do take your point about not bringing many clothes, In first year I brought 2 bags of clothes that I haven't worn in years ontop of the clothes that I did wear which was a mistake, I ended up throwing all my old clothes away at the end of the year to save up space.
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    (Original post by hl7495)

    Medicine you? And yes applied for HP probs wont get it haha you?


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    Nice one! Massive fingers crossed for you Microbiology for me, applied for Leodis but a bit worried I won't get it! But ah well
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    (Original post by Andaxay)
    Nice one! Massive fingers crossed for you Microbiology for me, applied for Leodis but a bit worried I won't get it! But ah well
    Same! I hve my grades though so pretty chilled haha jusr accom but cant really control that soo good luck might see you around!
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    The main advice tips for me are:

    Join in with your coursemates - they won't hurt you.
    Get involved with Freshers and the events, even the student nights.
    Enjoy yourself, you only have one shot at being a fresher.
    Embrace the whole university experience.
    Stay motivated and do your work to your highest standard.
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    (Original post by Kay(:)
    Any advice for a fresher thats commuting and doesnt like drinking/partying? Im so nervous

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    I'm in the same position but that won't stop me join a society or make friends on your course with simple conversation - you'll be stuck with each other for 3 years!
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    (These are specific to myself)
    Don't think that the first lot of people you make friends with will be your friends forever, and don't get upset when they tell you they don't want you to live with them in second year anymore. You would have hated living with them anyway and will end up living with people you have a lot more in common with and get on with a lot better.
    Don't force yourself to do things you don't want to do just to stay friends with people. Those people aren't worth it if they're going to ditch you because you don't actually like clubbing or drinking.
    And also on a similar note - your flatmates in first year may be awful, but you will live with much better people after that.
    Get help for mental health issues before it gets to the exam period in second year and you feel like you're having a breakdown. But even if you don't, things will get better in third year and you'll learn how to work more efficiently & manage your conditions, even if they don't go away completely.
    Perhaps make more of an effort to make friends with people on your course or join societies, and do it in first year when you actually have the time.
    You will meet someone very special in the first few weeks and don't worry so much about things going wrong because he's still with you over 2 and a half years later, but also don't let your happiness depend on him and spend time with other people because you will suffer for it later on when you live further apart.
    Your degree will be harder than you expected but stick at it because you're better at it than you think. Third year will be the hardest year you might ever have academically but you'll come out of it with a first (just).
    Get involved in sport more!
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    Any advice on what to take to uni and what not to take except clothes?


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    Oh, and for god's sake don't go home every weekend or every other weekend.
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    (Original post by suzannataylor)
    Oh, and for god's sake don't go home every weekend or every other weekend.
    I understand why not every weekend and also why every weekend may be considered excessive but what is your reasonin?

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    (Original post by suzannataylor)


    -Everyone else does not have more/better friends than you

    What do you mean?
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    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    I understand why not every weekend and also why every weekend may be considered excessive but what is your reasonin?

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    Just thought I'd add in here,

    I went home every fortnight for the first term because I missed them, but as I got used to living away from home, I became less in the mood to want to to visit my parents regularly. Second term (spring term) I only went home twice and that term was about 2 months long.

    Having said that, Reading is really close to London (where my parents house is) so it takes a good 2 and a half hours, doorstep to doorstep which really ain't too bad!

    My flatmate lived like 4 hours away from home so didn't travel back frequently to visit parents.
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    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    I understand why not every weekend and also why every weekend may be considered excessive but what is your reasonin?

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    Because the weekend is the time when you have the opportunity to socialise so if you're away all the time you won't be able to and people tend not to like people who aren't around very much. Also it's a good opportunity to grow up a bit and start a bit of a new life.

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    What do you mean?
    It may seem like everyone else in your hall or whatever has loads of friends but they don't really!
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    (Original post by Sheepish153)
    I've been wondering about this - how much is enough? Do you need the extremes like from old rubbished clothes and walking boots to party dresses?
    It depends on how much storage space you have, how often you plan on doing laundry and what you plan on doing while you're at uni.

    I would take a few pairs of shorts, because they can be great as casual wear (with tights in autumn/winter then without in spring/summer) or if you're going out. For a lot of freshers events, you have T-Shirts given to you and I preferred wearing them with shorts than with pants, which didn't seem dressy enough, or skirts, which weren't as comfortable. Have a few dresses or nice tops/skirts for going out as well if you plan on going out often.

    Take one smart outfit in case you end up going for any part time jobs and you get an interview for them. You may need more smart clothes if you get a job with a smart dress code.

    In terms of shoes, I have a pair of black dolly shoes that I always wear when I go out because they're comfy and they go with everything. Maybe have boots for winter, heels/dressier shoes if you feel like getting dressed up, trainers if you want to be comfy/do sports and a few other pairs if you just want different colours or styles or whatever.

    Plain vest tops are your best friend; they're really versatile and don't take up that much space.

    Update your wardrobe as you go on; for example, take jumpers and hoodies in winter, then take a lot of them home with you at Christmas and bring some dresses back for when the weather gets warmer.

    Hope that helps a bit
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    Some sound advice on this thread. I am so nervous but equally as excited. Roll-on results day!!!
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    Just read through these pages, thanks all!
    Really useful advice!
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    (Original post by dreadpiraterach)
    It depends on how much storage space you have, how often you plan on doing laundry and what you plan on doing while you're at uni.

    I would take a few pairs of shorts, because they can be great as casual wear (with tights in autumn/winter then without in spring/summer) or if you're going out. For a lot of freshers events, you have T-Shirts given to you and I preferred wearing them with shorts than with pants, which didn't seem dressy enough, or skirts, which weren't as comfortable. Have a few dresses or nice tops/skirts for going out as well if you plan on going out often.

    Take one smart outfit in case you end up going for any part time jobs and you get an interview for them. You may need more smart clothes if you get a job with a smart dress code.

    In terms of shoes, I have a pair of black dolly shoes that I always wear when I go out because they're comfy and they go with everything. Maybe have boots for winter, heels/dressier shoes if you feel like getting dressed up, trainers if you want to be comfy/do sports and a few other pairs if you just want different colours or styles or whatever.

    Plain vest tops are your best friend; they're really versatile and don't take up that much space.

    Update your wardrobe as you go on; for example, take jumpers and hoodies in winter, then take a lot of them home with you at Christmas and bring some dresses back for when the weather gets warmer.

    Hope that helps a bit
    That's great! Thanks!
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    i am so excited but so nervous... any newcastle (hopeful) freshers here?
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    How many societies do people recommend joining/ what is the average roughly? 3, 4, 5? 10?
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    Prepare somewhere to possibly be sick BEFORE you go out, throwing up in a mesh bin was a huge mistake :/
 
 
 
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