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    This is a VERY useful thread, btw... I'm making notes and will visit again in about a year!
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    (Original post by SaccerZD)
    Thanks for the advice everybody.. TKR, martynwilliams, etc.
    No problem - If I can be of any further help, PM me or something....
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    This thread brings back so many memories. Cant believe I was sitting here last year wondering what uni would be like and waiting for results. Its kind of freaky really. Anyway I suppose I better leave some advice for people. Sorry if this has been repeated but I have not been through the whole thread.
    Dont rush out and buy books unless you do actually need them.
    Dont get too stressed out in the first few weeks with work, just have fun and enjoy yourself.
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    Here's one for you experienced Uni people, what is there to do if you don't drink alcohol and don't go to bars?

    What other spare time activities have you heard of or done that do not involve getting drunk?
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    well in answer to marcos post, i joined a hockey society (female) after a while i didnt have time because of my studies but many sports societies are ok, however on the nights out that they go on they tend to get drunk. i suppose you could form your own 'abstaining from drinking' society if you couldnt find one that fits because i know of several people in my uni that dont drink
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    (Original post by Marcos!)
    Here's one for you experienced Uni people, what is there to do if you don't drink alcohol and don't go to bars?

    What other spare time activities have you heard of or done that do not involve getting drunk?
    well i like going out to clubs because i like dancing, but this year, a large proportion of my nights out were completely sober and i still had fun, it is what you make it. some places are a bit tiresome when everyone around you is throwing up VKs (i cant believe there is a fake WKD) in wheelie bins, but still, its a laugh.

    if you definitely dont like the whole bar/club thing, dont know, the gym? but like devilgirl999 says, many of the sports teams socialise by getting completely trashed on alcohol at least once a week. you could try and join a more refined group like drama or chess or something i guess.
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    (Original post by Marcos!)
    Here's one for you experienced Uni people, what is there to do if you don't drink alcohol and don't go to bars?

    What other spare time activities have you heard of or done that do not involve getting drunk?
    There will be a a huge number of societies that you can join and take part in activities, local theatres, you can go to places like comedy clubs - in bars yes but you don't have to drink alcohol, sports,just having a coffee and talking with mates, concerts, discovering the local area - there's a whole range of possible activities you can undertake.
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    oh and a warning about some of the initiation ceremonies for sports teams my hockey one made all us freshers stand in a line and down 3 pints of snakebite, a glass of milk and a glass of jack daniels (straight!) and then put your head on the end of the hockey stick and twirl round on it ten times! then you fell on the floor feeling totally humiliated and still had to go out for a night in town lol most of them threw up there drinks before going out except for me and 2 others who choose to throw up later in the privacy of our own en suites lol it was a good laugh but beware... (im from derby uni btw)
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    looking a bit bleek , either get pissed or play chess

    I'll work something out, the gym is something i'll definitely do anyway, thats been on the plan for months,
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    There are plenty of other clubs and societies which don't revolve around drinking. Ok, so your sunk social wise if you go for the big sports clubs like football/rugby/hockey etc but you might find the more obscure clubs a bit drier. We have a frisbee golf club, the mountiannering club, the snowsports club the comedy club, a film society and the multiplayer gaming society who's event don't revolve around getting obscenely drunk. If you don't find a club thats to your liking just find 20 friends and start your own.
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    Just out of curiousity, are these sports teams hard to join? It seems like at a major university it would be quite competative, at least that's how it is in the US. Most schools you know if you'll be playing before you enroll. I'd like to play basketball on a team and possibly ultimate frisbee at UCL. If you don't make the cut to be on the official university teams, are there other less selective teams to be on?
    Thanks
    -Danny
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    (Original post by SirPimpsALittle)
    Just out of curiousity, are these sports teams hard to join? It seems like at a major university it would be quite competative, at least that's how it is in the US. Most schools you know if you'll be playing before you enroll. I'd like to play basketball on a team and possibly ultimate frisbee at UCL. If you don't make the cut to be on the official university teams, are there other less selective teams to be on?
    Thanks
    -Danny

    not being a great sportswoman myself, i may not be well qualified to give you an answer but a lot of people i knew are on teams. some are on the first teams for rugby and football and stuff, and for very popular sports like these two and cricket or hockey or rowing, there is often more than one team. there are also teams that people set up themselves, like within a particular hall or course. sports are popular, at least at my uni, and if you dont get onto the uni teams at the try-outs there are bound to be other teams that you can join. i dont think it is much like the US. plus, the sports you mentioned you'd like to do arent as over-subscribed as others (at least i dont think so!), so there may be more of a chance of getting selected. basically if you are keen, committed and possibly willing to pay a small joining fee, i think a team will have you. which team depends on your talent. some are serious, some just do it for a laugh and a runaround.
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    (Original post by loftx)
    and the multiplayer gaming society who's event don't revolve around getting obscenely drunk.
    Ah, there we go , i do like my games, i'll have to look out for that one
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    Don't buy new books unless you have to. If you can get an earlier edition for £1.50 on ebay do. I bought all my books last year (upwards of 80, not all of them essential but I like my background reading ) solely from ebay, amazon and the local oxfam book shop, and probably spent about £150 altogether. I know people in my class who went to Waterstones and paid that just for 3 or 4 of the main books.

    If you're buying books from amazon, look at the difference between the cheapest used price and their own price. If it's more than the postage cost for 1 book, buy it new and leave it in your basket til you've got enough for free delivery.

    DON'T casually mention to anyone in your class that a required book is on ebay really cheap if you want to get it cheap! Especially if it's the beginning of term and everyone's just realised that it's gonna cost £50 from the campus bookshop!

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    Go shopping as late in the day as possible and head straight for the 'reduced items' fridge. Try to do most of your shopping at the same place and get a loyalty card (money off shopping, cinema tickets and stuff). I do most of mine at Sainsburys and usually spend less than £10 on food a week (had a few visits to Netto and Lidl before I left so stocked up on pasta, rice and tins before I left). I got 3000 points on my card this year (saved up to take my kid brother to Chessington) and got a free six pack of Heineken from them for my birthday.

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    If you drive, check out petrol prices around your uni. I usually fill up at home (>10p per litre cheaper) and £8.50 lasts the journey back to uni, two weeks worth of driving around up there and the journey back home with enough left to go and visit friends here.

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    If you're staying in halls, be prepared for fire alarms at 3am (we had at least 2 every week). Keep a pair of slippers or trainers by your bed and leave out track bottoms and a jumper so you don't have to go out in your pyjamas or look for clothes with the siren going off (it really starts to hurt after about 30 seconds!). Someone asked me last year if I slept in my clothes because I was always fully dressed even at stupid o'clock! Don't be tempted to stay in bed when the fire alarm goes off; I heard of a few people last year complaining about £75 fines for staying in.

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    Make sure you meet your tutor as soon as possible and keep in regular contact. If you have a problem try and talk to them cos it's probably easily solvable, even if you think it's not (I should know). Don't try to handle things by yourself, make sure someone knows about it.

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    Always attempt any exercises set or even mentioned. Hand them in even if nobody else does - the worst thing that can happen is they won't give you feedback. Don't leave things like problem sheets until the morning of the lecture/seminar/whatever, and always try to do all the questions.

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    Even if you discuss your work with someone else, make sure you write up by yourself (unless it's group work, obviously). They will notice if your work is similar and you'll probably be penalised for it.

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    I like to write in pencil, because that way the people sitting behind me can't read what I'm writing. It's easier to correct mistakes, they last longer than pens and they're cheaper. The only down side is that I look like a total geek walking around with my pencil collection in my pocket.

    For notes I use plain paper (£1.99 for 500 sheets). That way I can write as big or small as I want, diagrams are clearer cos they don't have big lines through them and it's MUCH cheaper than lined paper, even the cheap stuff. For assignment work though I use the premium lined stuff (£1.99 for about 80 sheets) which is thicker and doesn't tear when you pull it out the book.

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    Don't lug huge folders around. Get a small one, and just carry:

    - fresh paper,
    - your notes from the last few lectures,
    - the last problem sheet, your answers and the real answers,
    - the current problem sheet and whatever you've done on it,
    - notes of anything you need to ask the lecturer (deadlines, queries about the lecture/notes/book or whatever else),

    then file everything neatly at the end of the day.

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    Find out if you need to take a set book to the lectures or just read it in your own time. No point lugging something in if you don't have to.

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    I haven't written this much since I dropped out of A-Level English :eek:
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    Don't know if this has been mentioned, but make sure you get your innoculations for mumps and meningitis. Mate of mine went down with mumps and it was not nice, and another guy on my course ended up in hospital with mumps and missed a load of work, struggling to pass end of year exams as a result. Get it done before you arrive so you don't forget.
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    Would anyone at uni recommend buying a dinner suit before you start, or just hiring one when you need it?... I know that I can grab one from debenhams for about £140, and the folks are giving me about £400 to get everything ready (clothes, stationary etc.) so I could make space for it I think.
    So what would you recommend, for someone who doesn't intend to join all that many societies, but wants to have a relatively active social life?

    Advice on suits in general would be nice too.
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    (Original post by Beekeeper)

    Advice on suits in general would be nice too.
    You'd look dashing in a white one.
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    I was wondering this too. I don't think i would take £140 out of a £400 budget to buy a suit that you will probably only wear a few times a year. At least not at the moment, maybe a bit later. I noticed debenhams do suit hire, cant remember how much, was about £35 with the insurance waivered or something.

    You got lots of other stuff to buy before uni!
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    Most people don't seem to have a proper posh suit. They go for more of a casual jacket and trousers type thing. You can definitely get them cheaper than £140.

    I'd say buy everything else first, and then if you still have £140 left and still want the suit buy it. But be prepared to feel over dressed.
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    What do girls wear to Freshers' Ball, and other such events? I've ordered a cute little black dress already, but now I'm starting to wonder if it was really worth it.
 
 
 

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