The people:

In most cases, the people you meet will be the people you are friends with for the rest of your life. Whatever your interests, you will find a group of people just like you.


Remember, everyone is in the same boat when they go to university. Everyone is finding their feet just like you are, so don’t worry – you will find someone who likes you. I met so many great people and the ones you meet will play a huge part in ensuring you have the best year of your life.

 The freedom:

The independence you get at university is unbelievable, so embrace the fact the world is your oyster. If you fancy a walk at 4am, you can do it. There’s no asking your parents, you just go.

Of course, I wouldn’t advise a stroll in the middle of the night, but it’s what I always think about when considering the freedom you have. The independence on offer is an essential factor as to why the first year is so brilliant.

 The course:

I know what you’re thinking: work?! Yes, unfortunately it’s a (relatively) big part of your first year, but don’t worry – it doesn’t actually count. The first year is very much for settling in to life away from home, in a new place, and with new people, so they don’t expect magic from you from day one.


Halls are a great place to live if you’re lucky enough to get a room, but if not, your house will still be great.

Your flatmates will become everyday regulars in your life. You will live with them, hold their hair after a rough night out, and maybe even fall in love with them (you never know). My flatmates really made my first year what it was – incredible.

The atmosphere:

Whether in university, on nights out, or in halls, the atmosphere of first year life is priceless and brilliant. On the whole, everyone seems to be happy and buzzing, which adds hugely to the entire university experience.