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    • Former MSE Megan
    • By Former MSE Megan 2nd Sep 15, 12:16 PM
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    Former MSE Megan
    Freshers' Week - What are your top tips to get the most out of it?
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    • 2nd Sep 15, 12:16 PM
    Freshers' Week - What are your top tips to get the most out of it? 2nd Sep 15 at 12:16 PM

    It's that time of year again - Freshers' Week will be upon us soon! We wouldn't be good MoneySavers if we didn't have some good tips on making the most of all the freebies!

    My top tip would be to keep an eye out for all that free stationary, you go through no end of it at uni and it can be really expensive. I stocked up on free pens and never had to buy anything during my entire time at uni!

    What are your tips on really getting the most out of Freshers' Week? Tell us below!
    Last edited by Former MSE Andrea; 14-09-2015 at 12:33 PM.
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    • pickledonionspaceraider
    • By pickledonionspaceraider 2nd Sep 15, 12:21 PM
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    With so many things going on each night, it is tempting to go out each night - so budget. Take your evening budget out with you and leave any other monies at home.
    'Entitled' and 'Snowflake' = buzz words, of the passive aggressive..they are not even a 'thing'.
    • LilElvis
    • By LilElvis 2nd Sep 15, 12:25 PM
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    Develop hollow legs and stock up on painkillers.
    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 2nd Sep 15, 12:44 PM
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    Develop hollow legs and stock up on painkillers.
    Originally posted by LilElvis
    And condoms, which (in true MSE fashion) you can get for free from the family planning clinic).
    • bluenoseam
    • By bluenoseam 2nd Sep 15, 2:53 PM
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    Well, unless it's changed much in the last 10-12 years I'd say stock up on condoms & have fun, it's the last party of the summer before the hard work starts!
    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 21st Sep 15, 1:16 PM
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    • 21st Sep 15, 1:16 PM
    MSE Blog: 12 MoneySaving ways to own freshers’ week
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    • 21st Sep 15, 1:16 PM
    "Freshers’ week can be a student MoneySaver’s paradise. At no other point in your life will you be subjected to a week of constant vouchers, discount codes and freebies..."


    Read MSE Megan C's full blog: 12 MoneySaving ways to own freshers’ week


    Click reply below to discuss. If you haven’t already, join the forum to reply. If you aren’t sure how it all works, read our New to Forum? Intro Guide.
    • ToriP
    • By ToriP 21st Sep 15, 1:35 PM
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    Go out, socialise lots, make friends and don't go home early!
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 21st Sep 15, 1:58 PM
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    You're too late for some places, Aberdeen fresher's week has passed.
    Lost my soulmate so life is empty.

    I can bear pain myself, he said softly, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have -
    Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
    • ilikewatch
    • By ilikewatch 21st Sep 15, 2:09 PM
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    Here's a moneysaving tip for any parents who are bringing their offspring to Lincoln Uni:

    You can save a fortune on car parking charges by just dumping your vehicle on double yellow lines, in disabled spaces or on pavements within 150 yards of every student accomodation block in the city, then leaving it there for hours while you say goodbye to your little darlings.
    • Bean83
    • By Bean83 21st Sep 15, 2:18 PM
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    Say yes to every invitation! Even if you don't feel like going out/taking part, do it anyway - it's only for one week and you just never know, you might actually enjoy it! Freshers week is the absolute best time to get to know your new flatmates/neighbours, so don't be shy, just get involved with everything.

    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 21st Sep 15, 3:31 PM
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    Get on the mailing list for every society you are remotely interested in - there is literally a society for everything at university so you're almost certain to find something you're keen on. Then go to as many of the welcome evenings as you can to find out more about the society and whether you're keen on it and the people there. But DO NOT under any circumstances hand over any membership fees until you're absolutely sure you want to join. Otherwise you'll get halfway round freshers' fair and have no money left.

    I say this as I think societies are a much better way to meet people than halls. With halls, it's essentially pot luck as to whether you get people who you get along with - in my case everyone on my corridor was perfectly lovely but we didn't have anything in common. Whereas with societies, you will have at least one similar interest to other people there.
    "A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister

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    Loose = the opposite of tight (eg "These trousers feel a little loose")
    Lose = the opposite of find/gain (eg "I'm going to lose weight this year")
    • PeonySugar
    • By PeonySugar 21st Sep 15, 7:24 PM
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    Do not put pressure on yourself for freshens week. It is not a magical week that solves all of your social worries. 90% of people you meet in freshers you will never meet again. You will be more likely to meet people at societies/lectures/seminars/the people you live with/the people in the opposite flat/your part time job. And all of these things happen over time.

    Take care of yourself, if you're drinking lots of alcohol, drink lots of water. Make a simple meal once in a while, go for walks, see if any local attractions have student offers on.
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    Get involved.

    I didn't as a fresher and missed out on a lot. I regretted this decision and ended up having my freshers week in my final year of uni (disclaimer: this is a stupidly bad idea)
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 27th Sep 15, 5:04 PM
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    My top tip would be to keep an eye out for all that free stationary, you go through no end of it at uni and it can be really expensive.
    Originally posted by MSE Megan
    Buy a good dictionary.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 27th Sep 15, 9:11 PM
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    Buy a good dictionary.
    Originally posted by theonlywayisup
    I thought I had already suggested that. I can't see my post now though.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • duchy
    • By duchy 28th Sep 15, 11:25 AM
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    Explore what is available locally.
    A month into my first term one of my course mates asked me where the nearest Argos was as she needed a TV cable. It turned out she hadn't left the (small) campus the entire time except to get a cab to go home at a weekend. She was thrilled to discover there was a massive town centre with all her favourite shops within a mile. She also realized there was a branch of the store she had her weekend job back home which opened up the possibility of some part time work for her.
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    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 28th Sep 15, 12:21 PM
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