Freshers guide: Make the most out of freshers week

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Freshers 2023

Written by Catalina Constantin (2022 DMU Alumni)

You’re off to uni in Leicester! Congratulations! University is a great time to explore what you like and learn more about yourself, and Leicester is one of the best places in the UK to study as a student.

Freshers tips

Here are a few practical tips to help you prepare for university life as you transition from the comforts of living at home to your student accommodation. We’re here to help you embark on this adventure with as less stress as possible.

It’s likely you’ll be pretty busy during your first week, so get there a few days early so you have time to unpack and settle into your new surroundings.

I strongly encourage you to research what grocery stores are around your accommodation and reserve a slot to have most items delivered to your accommodation upon your arrival. It will save you a lot of time.

A lot of freshers’ week events are held for new students during the start of first term and the weeks that follow, so make the most of it. Go to the freshers’ fair, this is your chance to have a look at what societies are on offer and grab freebies from local businesses.

Join a society! If you don’t find any of the available societies appealing then you can start your own. Running your own society is a gratifying experience since it allows you to meet new people and share your interests with a larger group of individuals.

Explore all of the city’s great attractions and wonderful streets and make the most of student discounts and freebies.

Before we start talking about studying, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots in Leicester to grab a well-needed coffee.

Avoid getting into bad habits with your course since they will be tough to break. Being consistent at the beginning of the year will set you up nicely for the rest of the year.

If you skip any lectures, seminars, or practical sessions early on, you could fall behind; remember and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Look after yourself by eating well, getting outside, having breaks and reaching out to friends, family and staff when you need help. Don’t forget to find your nearest GP is and sign up.

Take some time to keep up with your hobbies, whether new or old and have a break from studying.

Don’t forget to relax and make the most out of your experience by meeting new people, getting to know your university, settling into your new home, and having fun.

If you would like to get in touch about any advice, you can call us at 0116 467 0315, send us an email at, or pop into our lettings office on the DMU campus. Start your student accommodation search here.

Check out other tips on how to improve your student life here.

For the latest info on freshers activities and events visit DMU Freshers 2023 and Uni of Leicester Freshers 2023.

Support is also available from Leicester Student Union Advice and De Montfort Student Union Advice.

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