Hi, I’m Tom and I’m one of Lancaster University’s digital content ambassadors. I’ve just finished my first year at the University studying Natural Sciences with a focus on environmental science. Like every first year, when I arrived on campus during Arrivals Weekend I was equally apprehensive and excited. In this article, I’m going to be covering a few of the things I wish I’d known before arriving at Lancaster as well as a few tips on how to have the best first week possible.
Preparing for Welcome Week
It sounds cliché, but the best piece of advice when going into your first year is to have a positive mindset. Everyone there is in the same boat and during Welcome Week everyone is extra friendly, so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to new people.
At Lancaster, there isn’t a requirement for you to pre-purchase tickets to events and nights out during Welcome Week. You may see some events advertised but they might not be the official university ones that everyone else is going to. Once you’ve arrived you can buy a pack from your college which contains everything you’ll need.
My college’s pack (County College) contained a transport ticket, themed t-shirts and some college merchandise which got me access to everything that was going on through the week.
Before arriving it’s a good idea to join a few Facebook groups that are relevant to you, like your College’s welcome week page, the Students' Union's freshers' group and your course’s new first years' page if there is one. It means that when you arrive there will already be a few friendly faces around and you’ll be up to date with the latest Welcome Week information.