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Okay so alot of us are starting UCLAN in septemeber (I hope everyone keeps activie here) and I know we are all guessing what its going to be like. So for everyone who has had a year at UCLAN maybe you can answer a few questions honestly to prepare us.

1) What happened on your first day what was it like (moving in) and meeting people that you didnt know for the first time?

2) Whats the worse thing if anything that happened in your first year?

3) Any Do's and Dont's to us who are starting are first year?


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Ooh, fun stuff!

1. I got to Roeburn nice and early. Managed to unpack with the help of my parents, siblings and auntie. UCLan put on some entertainment in the courtyard - there's a band, a BBQ, and important stuff like stands for paperwork/TV licenses.
I kept my door open whilst I was unpacking; made a point of smiling to people that came into the flat, but didn't speak to them all straight away.
I'd been on Flying Start, so already knew people at the uni. We ended up texting all morning, and when we'd all moved into our rooms we met in the courtyard and vodkarised. Once I was confident/tipsy enough, I said goodbye to my Flying Start friends and went into the kitchen, where other flatmates were already waiting.
For the first half-hour or so, it was a case of all 7 of us asking the basic questions: Where are you from? What'll you be studying?, then a flatmate, Lee, piped up, 'Did anyone remember coathangers? I forgot mine...', so I agreed to go and see if we could get into any other flats and steal hangers before people arrived...we couldn't.
Back in the kitchen, we ended up discussing flat dynamics; and decided it'd be easiest if we shared bread, milk, butter etc, so we spend the afternoon walking to Aldi together and doing our first shop, then heading home to spend the afternoon in the flat chatting. At about 5ish, we were collected in the courtyard for our intro talk...I warn you now, in case you get this...you're led to 53 Degrees by a brass band, right down the main road with everyone staring; you'll be SO embarrassed if they do that.
The intro talk basically explained university and the SU, and a comedian performed a stand-up set for us; then we were allowed up to the club upstairs, and (perhaps explainable) I can't remember the rest...
Wow, essay. Oh well; shows I can remember things from two years ago pretty well!

2. The fact that the dynamics of the first day didn't continue. Nobody's fault, exactly; but I'm someone who prefers some quiet time - I'd rather sit in my room some days than spend the whole day in the kitchen socialising; and some nights I'm happy staying in and chatting on MSN rather than going out and getting drunk. Of my 6 flatmates, four were party animals who spent every night getting drunk, every day in the kitchen, one was disabled and one was even more reclusive than me.
I guess I seemed like a bit of a recluse myself to them:
- I'd walk into the kitchen and they'd all be sat there chatting, but I didn't always join them.
- They'd go on nights out, get back at 5am, and be incredibly loud. At first I went with them, then they stopped asking.
- Whilst they were happy drinking in the courtyard most days, or relaxing in the flat, I was constantly off doing things for the uni, which I think they found a bit weird too.
They were nice enough people, but my personality and way of life/ideals clashed with theirs. I tried to stay in contact with them into second year, but it just didn't happen.

3. Hm...this one's a tough one.

DO keep on top of the work. It's not that difficult in the first year, though it might seem it at the time. If you don't stay on top in Year 1, you'll sink miserably before, or in, Year 2.

DO make yourself aware of everything within the uni, even if you don't intend to get involved; the knowledge is valuable.

DO make yourself aware of which courses your friends are doing. Remember that you'll be on such a diverse range of courses, and that each person has something valuable to bring to the table at some point. A flatmate of mine was doing fashion design, so I'd go to her with all of my sewing/adjusting needs.

DON'T be apathetic. This coming from me...possibly the extreme opposite of an apathetic student, but hey. So much of what happens at the university depends on the students, and you have actual power as long as you choose to use it. Take part in elections, at the very least.

DON'T worry about anything, because there's always support.

DON'T think you have to be best friends with the first people you meet. Things change incredibly at Christmas, and again at the start of 2nd year. Before Christmas, everyone is friends with everyone else - it's like some cheesy, over-decorated Christmas card - there're friendships and there's socialising, but no real closeness. Strangely, as soon as you get back after Christmas, that bonding happens and you really start to get to know people - don't trap yourself before that point. Second year is a change too - the groups really form then when you've chosen your own living arrangements, specialised on your course, met people elsewhere...

DON'T sit back and let other people do the work, and DON'T do it all yourself. Two VERY important points I learnt this year, when I did the work of two people in one module to avoid confronting a girl who wouldn't do anything, and ended up barely passing that module. From that point of view, I should have spoken up and made her pull her weight; but if you're like that other girl, realise the strain you're putting on other people, especially if their grade is important to them.

Think I've covered the main things I can think of now. No doubt I'll change my mind and edit another time, but that'll do for now.
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Wow that was really informative. I am one of them that like my friend but would rather have a few good friends rather than having 100 friends and not good friends. So im hoping I make good friends oh and that in second year people want me to live with them
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I know on the Saturday night (Ribble, Eden and Roeburn people) have some actor guy coming into 53 Degrees to to a talk on uni stuff. Interesting....hmm.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not looking forward to the whole moving in and getting to know people. Mainly cos I'm ****e at it. I just want to get to the whole being settled in and having friends. I'm not great in new situations anyway.
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Haha you've made me terrified I'm not going to get on with my flatmates now!
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Haha you've made me terrified I'm not going to get on with my flatmates now!

You're on yougo =)
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You're on yougo =)
Haha thats true, as are you
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1. First day.

Being a recluse before going to uni I took advice from what people had said on TSR and showed up early. Wardens on site directed me to where ever I needed to go and were really helpful. Got my keys and went to the flat in Eden Halls. Didn't appear to be anyone in so I just unpacked all my stuff. I actually read here that it was a good idea to use a door stopper and stick some music on first thing, so that if anyone came into you're flat you'd have something to ease any tension. A family arrived and I made an effort to introduce myself - to my flat mates ('Eye ball Brian's') cousin When the guys family had gone, one of the foreign students opened the door and offered us apples. (I think they try to stick a foreign student in each flat throughout the uni-owned accomodation, or so it appeared.)

More people ended up appearing throughout the next few hours, being their first and being able to introduce yourselves as a group to any newcomer eased the nerves a little.

Went to the planned events where a lecturer-in-disguise-aussie comedian filled us in on where to go for help etc etc

After this I think we played some poker. One of my flatmates had come to uni with some friends so he invited them round.

2. For me the worst thing was probably not doing enough work, but then again I've always been lazy. I can't really think of anything 'bad' that actually happened.

The guy in the flat was always playing his xbox with friends, screaming when they scored a goal or what not, for me the sleep deprivation was quite annoying sometimes

That said, for freshers ignore the lack of sleep, soldier on, best two weeks of my life. I think I was lucky though, my lecturers were lenient in letting us come a few minutes late with our faces planted on the desk infront of us for the first month or so.

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Make an effort to be polite early on, smile as you pass people because it's such a huge social network, everyone is friends with each other as said above and it'll only benefit you.

If there's a fancy dress event, dress up. Seriously it's just a conversation starter by itself and people are even more likely to be friendly seeing you in an embarrassing costume.

Be appreciative of what others want to do. If someone doesn't feel like going out tonight, they've had to muster up some confidence to actually say that to you and risk 'social rep' with that group of friends. Whether or not they actually don't feel up for it or dislike you're group, it is up to the person and in the end you'll all be happy, respect their actions.

I've seen some people hang around with people they don't want to and they left it too late that by the second semester everyone had already formed friend groups. Keep lots of friends! Say hi to people you've made eye contact with a few times throughout your time at uni, it makes things so much easier if anything like this were to happen to you.

Try to get involved with societies, it's another way of getting to know more people as well as keep you occupied if your course isn't that intense, which mine wasn't so much in the first year.

Keep some neurofen/paracetamol around!



There's probably more, any questions; ask
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Got my keys and went to the flat in Eden Halls.

Is Eden good? I'm moving in there.
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When we moved in it looked like the place had just been refurbished - in comparison to how Darwin across the road looked. Personally I liked it, I was in victoria building for lectures which was literally just a two minute walk away.

They had obviously bought new kitchen appliances as well which was nice.

I had friends in various other flats and compared to Roeburn, which is en-suite, the actual rooms aren't that much smaller, probably a foot or two in length difference.

The floor is laminated as well, which darwin/roeburn+other halls weren't, it made cleaning up a little easier.

Overall I was glad I was put into Eden over the other halls I visited.

What flat are you in?
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I like the idea of having laminate flooring, so much easier. Just need a nice rug =)
I'm in 13.
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You'll be in the flat above where I was then!

I wish I had gotten a rug, the floor got cold during the winter, but other than that it beats carpet.

As much as the temptation hits, I would not recommend boarding down the stairs on an ironing board, or throwing waterbombs out of the windows, you get fined alot
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Fined for water bombs? how rubbish =(
I've been talking to someone who'll be in your flat in that case.
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Fined for water bombs? how rubbish =(
I've been talking to someone who'll be in your flat in that case.

£125 for the waterbombs, but thats only because we got caught.

Should have ducked faster
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£125 for the waterbombs, but thats only because we got caught.

Should have ducked faster
£125?!
Where were you throwing them? And who at?
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Just people passing by from out of the kitchen window that overlooks the street. Most people had a little giggle over it if a waterbomb landed near them, but one or two people must have reported us :eek:. This was during the few days it was actually nice weather as well, I think security were more concerned with the left over litter than anything else.

It was £125 fined to the whole flat, so between 5 of us it was £25 each.
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Ahh thats alright then. I was going to say, thats half the deposit!
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Just people passing by from out of the kitchen window that overlooks the street. Most people had a little giggle over it if a waterbomb landed near them, but one or two people must have reported us :eek:. This was during the few days it was actually nice weather as well, I think security were more concerned with the left over litter than anything else.

It was £125 fined to the whole flat, so between 5 of us it was £25 each.
Were you all involved or just a few of you. Dead unfair on the rest of your flatmates if they werent, bet they were well chuffed!
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Were you all involved or just a few of you. Dead unfair on the rest of your flatmates if they werent, bet they were well chuffed!

Just a few of us, obviously we didn't make the others that had nothing to do with it pay up.

Though I've heard of some people that have had to pay for their flatmates antics despite them having nothing to do with it - or even knowing what happened :no:
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My friend was constantly paying fines last year for things she wasn't even involved in. She's lost most of her deposit because of it.
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