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I will be starting Portsmouth University as a mature student this October, and was wondering if all students attend Freshers Week as I am unsure if it is for me.
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I imagine tone do not as can’t be bothered.

I did, at 46. We did a campus tour, met tutors, did IT admin, joined the library, had a careers talk, had a bbq at end of the week. Also had the societies fairs and explored campus.

I was done by 4 each day. So handy to attend, met my classmates, no toga parties! This was all organised by my faculty, I imagine halls also had events but I wasn’t living In halls.
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I attended the uni "freshers week", as that is a lot of useful information (and was also compulsory for my course, as they sorted out all the admin and timetables). It's perfectly fine to avoid the standard alcoholic freshers week evenings though - I did, and while it definitely made me an outsider among my flatmates for the rest of the year since they all went out together every night, it was more enjoyable for me and gave me time to process all the new information that was getting thrown at me! There do tend to be some daytime social activities between compulsory sessions which I would recommend though, it can be a very isolating experience if you barely talk to anyone during that first week
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Not everyone does, no.

Nowadays, it's as much about introducing you to the university, the department and wider facilities available. Unis are quite keen to move on from the image of fresher's week being some week-long sesh.

Feel free to dip in and out with whatever elements suit you, but it can be a good chance to socialise with other newbies.
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A lot of it I think is to give new peoples structure to the week. Rather than leave new students in halls feeling homesick for a week before lectures start!
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Not all students attend the typical freshers week club nights, but it's probably worth being in your uni city at least.

At my uni there were some compulsory things (e.g. registration) during Freshers week and inportant things like introduction lectures where we got given reading lists. It's also an opportunity to sign up to a GP, look at any societies you might be interested in, and familiarise yourself with the campus so you're not too late to your first classes.
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thank you so much guys for your replies..my mind is at ease now xx
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I will be starting Portsmouth University as a mature student this October, and was wondering if all students attend Freshers Week as I am unsure if it is for me.
Hi! Eclectic Tree

Portsmouth freshers week is where you will gain a lot of important and useful information. We hold freshers fayre which is where you can sign up to some societies and these don't have to be sport, but those that assist with academic support, career advice, volunteering work etc.
You'll also receive lectures from your course about important dates and what the course will be. You will be shown around the university and how to use all the systems and how to take out books and find materials. You'll be given your student ID card to get around the university.

I hope this helps!
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Hiya,

very useful information so thank you. Do lessons begin after Freshers Week then?
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Hiya,

very useful information so thank you. Do lessons begin after Freshers Week then?
Hi!

Freshers week is an introductory week. You'll start actually learning the week after.

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I will be starting Portsmouth University as a mature student this October, and was wondering if all students attend Freshers Week as I am unsure if it is for me.
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