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Helloo, I’ve made Lancaster University my firm choice and I am beyond excited !! Just wondered if anyone has any advice on the first few weeks - I’m pretty sociable and would love to make some friends and go to any clubs that are in the city; just not sure how to make a good first impression on my flat mates ?? Thankyou :smile:
Lancaster's official rep Jake ( @Lancaster University) will probably be able to advise you on this. Start following the University's facebook pages for the uni itself, accommodation and your department. Later in the year, links to social media chat groups will appear so that you can be in touch with future course mates before you start.
Original post by jashow04
Helloo, I’ve made Lancaster University my firm choice and I am beyond excited !! Just wondered if anyone has any advice on the first few weeks - I’m pretty sociable and would love to make some friends and go to any clubs that are in the city; just not sure how to make a good first impression on my flat mates ?? Thankyou :smile:

Don't depend solely on your flatmates. There have been sad TsR stories of people being excluded by their flatmates due to differences.

Make friends with almost everyone. Join societies and clubs. Join social media groups and chats. Keep an open mind.

A good way to maintain a link in clubs/societies is to ask to become a Freshers’ Rep or First Year Rep. that way you can support the committee whilst connecting with people across the year groups.
Original post by jashow04
Helloo, I’ve made Lancaster University my firm choice and I am beyond excited !! Just wondered if anyone has any advice on the first few weeks - I’m pretty sociable and would love to make some friends and go to any clubs that are in the city; just not sure how to make a good first impression on my flat mates ?? Thankyou :smile:

Hiya, congratulations on making Lancaster University your firm choice, it's great to hear how excited you are to go!
In your first few weeks my best advice as a second year student would be to get involved with as much as you can! Attend freshers events and make sure to put effort in to get to know your flatmates. I found doing things together right at the start helped everyone to get to know each other early, and we all got comfortable with each other much faster by doing this.
Another great way to meet different people is to join societies, most universities have many different options available! So have a look through for something you are interested in and join, this is a great way to meet like minded people with similar interests. Do you have any society in mind you might like to join? :smile:
(Anna- University of Southampton ambassador)
Original post by jashow04
Helloo, I’ve made Lancaster University my firm choice and I am beyond excited !! Just wondered if anyone has any advice on the first few weeks - I’m pretty sociable and would love to make some friends and go to any clubs that are in the city; just not sure how to make a good first impression on my flat mates ?? Thankyou :smile:

Hi there!

That's so exciting, congratulations! I hope you enjoy your time at Lancaster as much as I have! As other people have commented above, the best thing is to make sure that you make the most of Freshers Week and all the events that are run by the University, the Students' Union, the Colleges and any societies you're interested in! Obviously you won't go to all of them and they will all be well publicised so don't worry about having to seek out the events. Everyone in Freshers Week is really up for making friends so take advantage of that and just be yourself. During Freshers week you tend to go to all the College and Freshers events with your flatmates so you'll have plenty of time to spend with them and get to know them. During Freshers week you'll also meet your Freshers Reps (two per flat) who will take you to all your events and organise pre-drinks and other get-to-know-each-other games and help you get to know Lancaster - particularly useful for when you go to Sugar and the other clubs in Lancaster. They're usually 2nd years and always really nice, mine were lovely. You also tend to get to know the people in the flats next to you as well which is always nice. Just get involved and I'm sure you'll have a great time!

I'd also just like to say that whilst Freshers week is a lot of fun and you meet loads of new people, don't worry if you don't immediately click with some people from your flat or other people you meet, it's completely normal to make your best friends later in the term through societies and your course!

Best of luck and well done again!
- Daisy (Final year student) :smile:
Original post by jashow04
Helloo, I’ve made Lancaster University my firm choice and I am beyond excited !! Just wondered if anyone has any advice on the first few weeks - I’m pretty sociable and would love to make some friends and go to any clubs that are in the city; just not sure how to make a good first impression on my flat mates ?? Thankyou :smile:

Hi @jashow04,

Just to add on to what Daisy said.
Societies play a major role in socialising outside your flat. I would recommend going to as many taster sessions as possible, something I regret not doing enough of in freshers. Even if you never go back to some of them, its worth testing and seeing what you enjoy and finding like minded people. Similarly, in lectures/seminars/labs it is always refreshing having someone new to talk to (its still happening to me in third year!), so never get put off from approaching new people, especially in freshers when everyone is in the same boat.

With regards to your flatmates, the best way to connect with them is making yourself available. What I mean by this is, for example, if you know some of your flatmates eat slightly later, be in the kitchen at around that time so you have the opportunity to socialise. I did this and it really worked for me. Although you may not get a long with everyone, that's normal, but be open to a range of people. My friend group is full of people who are so different, but it just works. As mentioned above, the mindset of being open to approaching people really helped me make the most of freshers and the rest of my time at uni.

Hope this helps and you have an amazing time at Lancaster,
Jake
Original post by jashow04
Helloo, I’ve made Lancaster University my firm choice and I am beyond excited !! Just wondered if anyone has any advice on the first few weeks - I’m pretty sociable and would love to make some friends and go to any clubs that are in the city; just not sure how to make a good first impression on my flat mates ?? Thankyou :smile:


Daughters a second year, and her freshers year she brought some choccies, a bottle of wine, non alcoholic drinks and a white board from wilko with some coloured wipeaway pens.
White board went down a treat and was very popular. Chores, Chunder chart once during freshers week, made up board game, ''whos coming out tonight? put your name down''. It had many uses. Leaving the bedroom door open and getting a door stop is good. They all chipped in for a projector where they would play fifa or mario kart, or watch a movie on netflix.
She does Badminton society for second year on a Sunday, and on a Thursday Disney Society and thats at the uni itself. Theres plenty to choose from, but she wanted to do 1 sport, and 1 non sport for a bit of contrast.
Any college is sociable. She was in a townhouse as the more the merrier she said.
Prior to starting uni, she joined the freshers group (on a well known social media site) and from there ended up in college group chats and subject group chat. So well worth checking those out in the summer. Her friends from the physics group chat are still good friends with today, so its worth saying hi :smile:
So movie nights, themed nights, games nights they always go very well with the flatmates, but definitely do societies and get to know course mates too :smile:

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