If you are preparing to come to the UK for University, you will have heard of our infamous fresher’s week at university. That first week of the first term when thousands of students up and down the country let their down, meet new friends and get familiar with the campus and course.
But with Covid-19 still disrupting our lives, it’s unlikely that the big social gatherings and fresher’s fairs will go ahead as planned. So, what can you expect instead?
Nightlife and Entertainment
The first few weeks of University are designed to ease students into academic life. It’s a time for you to enjoy your first real taste of independence and blow off some steam. If you like to party, there is usually an endless stream of events for you to attend. But with nightclubs looking set to remain closed for the foreseeable future, what will this mean for fresher’s week 2020?
Luckily, many universities are arranging online events so you can still socialise with your fellow first years. The University of Lincoln is leading the way with an outdoor cinema, street food vendors and social sport sessions all planned for their first week back. Many Student Unions are also planning plenty of virtual gatherings so you can still get to know as many people as possible in that valuable first week.
The Fresher’s Fair
The Fresher’s Fair is another vital part of your first week at University. They give you the chance to sign up to clubs and societies and learn about all the amazing things going on around campus. Not to mention the chance to pick up as many freebies as you can carry!
Again, things are likely to look a little different this year. The University of Chester and The University of Birmingham have already confirmed that their Fresher’s Fairs will be held online. Whilst others, like the University of York Student’s Union have said they are aiming to provide some physical society activities where possible.
Although moving in dates might be staggered, life in halls will probably look quite similar this year. You will still be able to move in with other people (although the numbers may be slightly reduced) and you can socialise with them as normal.
You will also be classed as one household once you are living together which means you will be able to attend any organised events together.