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    I've recieved the welcome pack for Loughborough today, however it seemed to be very brief with regards to freshers week, does the week start the day we arrive? How organised is the first day, I guess it must be pretty hectic, does anyone tell us whats going on and what we should be doing at some point :P?

    P.S. Are the towers any good accomodation wise?
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    Freshers begin to arrive normally on a Wednesday or Thursday....on both days there's a Freshers welcome party at the Union both Nights. When you first arrive, the hall committee should make you at ease and tell you whats going on regarding hall wise...like at my halls (Harry French) they was a wardens meeting where they introduce you to all the subwardens and warden and committee and explain the rules and regulations of living at that specific hall. You're normally free to do whatever you want those two days, but its always best to stick with your hall and make new friends. Normally, I think, Friday is the day you have to go register with your course and its the first day you meet your course mates. You meet your lecturers and they welcome you to the course.

    Don't worry once you get there...it all falls into place. I was one of two people from my school who went to Loughborough, and even so, I didn't realise that girl was at Loughborough until I bumped into her at Freshers Week. I was quite lonely, but you quickly make new friends...your flatmates will be your best friends for your years to come at Loughborough.

    I haven't heard much about Freshers week, although the format is usually the same. We always have a foam/beach party during the week and there's always the tour of Big Brother celebs that come. I haven't been told who the acts are this year, but I'll soon find out! Returners (ie. Me) come back just before term starts, but you'll find some during the Freshers week (which ends with Freshers Bazaar on 9th Oct)

    As regards to Towers...I'll be brief. Big rooms, nicely *coffin* shaped with nice big windows. I like the seventies concrete Bauhaus-like building but some despise it. The food hall is good I hear...towers bar is really nice (it's been recently refurbished) Only downside with towers is the fire alarm practice-drills...you have the pleasure of walking down (and up, if you can't be bothered to queue and wait for lift once its over) several flights of stairs if you're on a high level :p:

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    heya thankyou very much, that was very informative for me and I'm sure many others!!! Reassured me , I'm really looking forward to starting now , shame its over a month away :P.
    I wouldn't worry about being on a high floor in the tower, infact might be a nice way for me to to get some much needed exercise
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    thnx, will be a task to make new friends sometimes i guess. but will have to quick
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    (Original post by andyj72)
    thnx, will be a task to make new friends sometimes i guess. but will have to quick
    Nah...I'm not the most confident person, but you'll find those who are more confident and out-going who will make you feel more confortable with yourself. If all fails....alcohol is always good for bonding!!!

    All this talk to you young'uns makes me wanna go back right now!!!

    Thats the thing about Loughborough, when you're not there, you'll miss it!!! How I miss my uni-life and independance there....ah well, only another month to wait!!!

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    (Original post by theisticandy)
    I've recieved the welcome pack for Loughborough today, however it seemed to be very brief with regards to freshers week, does the week start the day we arrive? How organised is the first day, I guess it must be pretty hectic, does anyone tell us whats going on and what we should be doing at some point :P?

    P.S. Are the towers any good accomodation wise?
    After organising towers freshers week last year I can tell you it is hectic. Youll find you are swept along with the moment. I happen to know how it's been planned again this year and its pretty simialr to what I did when I joined, and what we did for the fresh last year.

    Youll arrive sometime during the midmorning/afternoon and queue up to get fully 'signed up' in a nearby building with all the other towers freshers. You pay for your hall subs (remember chequebook and some cash!) then are presented with a range of other bits and pieces you can pick up then like hall sports shirt (if you are planning on doing any of the informal intra-mural (hall) sports youll need one or be able to borrow one). Theres a few quid here and there, you get assigned your room and pick up the key. If your west side then your on a mixed floor of lads and girls, 11 in total with a bath and shower and 2 toilets. Kitchen as well. On the East side with all lads (except if you're on East 13 which is all girls).
    The fresher reps (third year returners) and committee (elected 2nd years mostly) will show you to your room. if you are on a floor above four be prepared for a long wait in a queue for the lift or take on the steps. It might kill you, but your going to have to get used to it at some point as the compulsory once-a-term 3am firealarms (plus added extras throughout the year) are a little annoying. It does however give you chance to have a good laugh finding out who people are 'sharing rooms' with.
    Once settled in (unpacked) and with some help from your floor reps you will meet everyone on your floor, and probably the floor above and below you. There are some activites held in the lobby of each floor (party rooms) and you won't remember any of it or who you met two weeks after.
    Chances are by this stage you will have had a social beer or bottle - and depending on how tight your floor rep is you shouldn't have to pay for it! (You wont have to pay for it, they are all nice enough people)
    There is then a 'reception' down in the dining hall/bar where you have something to eat. I think you get some wine but im not sure if they did that last year. At this point the committee and fresher reps introduce themselves to you. Oh and the warden and his kids. Remember not to believe everything your told - there are one or two people who might say something a little too hard to believe, and they probably are just winding you up. However the bit about fire engines and ladders is true....
    You then go back upstairs, socialise with your floor a bit more - they are the people you will get to know best first, then head back down to the bar.
    Chances are its another traffic light party (wear green for single, orange for maybe and red for don't even try it or if you are a girl (they all do it anyway)). It makes no difference, and you don't have to dress up. You could just be subtle like a tie or a badge if you dont want to over do it.
    And thats the first night. Chances are you will be carted off to a club or the union or something for the rest of the evening.
    A few weeks later you will have no recollection of the details of freshers week. This may be partially due to alchohol, but the sheer pace of the first week(s) tends to make things haxy. All you'll know is it was busy and should have been a good laugh.
    The most important thing I can say is, like Nike, 'just do it'. That doent nessessarily mean get involved with incredibley macho drinking, you don't have to if you don't feel like it, but don't turn down any oppurtunity. Before lectures start is the best time to get to know the people you are going to be living with and also the best time to sample everything. By passing up opportinities (even ones you think you wont enjoy) you may be missing out on something you'd actually love but have preconcieved ideas about.
    That applies to any fresher at any uni. There is so much going on it's hard to be bored and thats the best way for the first few weeks.
    Me and my first year friends (East 15) had a fantastic freshers week - and you can see what we got up to in our first few weeks here: http://surf.to/east15
    unfortunately some of the images and later texts dissappeared but its an example of towers life as a fresher.
    Alternatively, check out the freshers guide that I helped put together on www.towershall.com

    Hope this helps, and any Q's let me know,
    Andy.
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    Ah.....we have a Towers Hall committee member amongst us!!!

    Bah....I don't do hall committee stuff although I do help with the ENTS at the Union!!! Hehe

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    We do indeed (ex-committee to be exact)
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    (Original post by Akira_Shinoda)
    Nah...I'm not the most confident person, but you'll find those who are more confident and out-going who will make you feel more confortable with yourself. If all fails....alcohol is always good for bonding!!!

    All this talk to you young'uns makes me wanna go back right now!!!

    Thats the thing about Loughborough, when you're not there, you'll miss it!!! How I miss my uni-life and independance there....ah well, only another month to wait!!!

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    lol, alcohol maybe the way to go. hehe. ill c
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    Jo Omera is performing (from s club 7)
    A Big bro house mate will be there
    Dave Pierce is performing as well as Sara Cox
    AND HED KANDI *is excited*
    something to do with MTV too!
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    (Original post by Bex!)
    Jo Omera is performing (from s club 7)
    A Big bro house mate will be there
    Dave Pierce is performing as well as Sara Cox
    AND HED KANDI *is excited*
    something to do with MTV too!
    Hed Kandi's residents always come to Union...I'm guessing you love your House!!! I'm totally converted :cool:

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    As a third year cayley hall resident and ex-committee member i can honestly say that i have no probs what so ever with the nitelife at lufs!

    Thre student union is quality...where else can you find 5 rooms with at least 1 bar in each? Loughborough town - yeah it can be quite dinjy but provinding ure with the right company then your nites out will be class!
    PULSE (NOW CALLED SOMETHING ELSE AS IT HAS BEEN RE-FURBED OVER HOLIDAYS) *TUESDAYS AND MAYBE SUNDAYS*

    ECHOES *MONDAYS/SATURDAYS*
    VICE VERSA *ALWAYS BUSY*
    BARRACUDAS *SUNDAY NIGHTS*

    Depending on what hall u get put in then you'll have a pub in town that u'll be a regular at no doubt.

    Anyway well dunz to all those who got in!

    steely
 
 
 
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