Welcome week can be a anxious and stressful time for many people, see our helpful hints and tips on how to get the most out of it.
Before you arrive
Make sure you have everything you need. This means the basics like bedding, kitchen equipment, clothes etc. Here is a good website that explains what you might need: What to Take to University
Get your bank account sorted, you will need one. Also make sure you have some money to last you until your student loan comes through.
Arrivals day is extremely busy, hard work for all involved, but a lot of fun too.
Make sure you arrive with plenty of time, you don’t want to be rushing to get to things.
Know what is going on during the week see the welcome week schedule.
If you are unsure of anything, ask! There will be loads of people around to help, including freshers reps, the JCR Exec, College Staff, there are no stupid questions!
It can be very daunting, arriving and not knowing anyone, but remember, everyone is in the same position as you and there are so many opportunities to meet loads of new people. Get involved, take advantage of the events being laid on for you during freshers week, there is something for everyone and are a great way to make friends.
Look after yourself
With everything going on, try make sure you also take time to look after yourself, and don’t feel you have to do everything. Try to eat healthily and get plenty of sleep when you can, Welcome Week can be exhausting
If you drink alcohol, don’t drink too much, know your limits and stick to them, there are also alternative non-alcoholic events most evenings.
Yes, it does exist, and it can be rather unpleasant. If you’re lucky, you might not get it, or succumb to it in week 3. While not very nice, unlike man flu, it isn’t fatal, but it’s always worth coming prepared. Over the counter cold and flu remedies such as Lemsip or Beechams (other brands are available) are useful to have so you can make the most of welcome week even if you are feeling a little under the weather. A basic first aid kit with plasters etc is also a useful thing to have in case of minor accidents. If you find yourself really unwell, contact the porters or make an appointment with the on-campus GP surgery.
Know where you need to be.
Despite what you may think, Welcome Week isn’t just one long party, you actually have to do some important things too. Registration, for example, is on Sunday 29th September from 11am – 1pm, you also have things like Major and Part 1 talks and departmental orientations. You will also have a full day with your major department on Tuesday 1st October where you will get to know all about your department and get a chance to meet your course-mates. It is important you attend these events, so plan your days and know where you need to be and when. Make sure you check the Welcome Week schedule, and also if you haven’t already, download the iLancaster App which will tell you about all the wider university events going on.
Know where to get help
The first few days and weeks at university can be very unsettling. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Here at Fylde, we pride ourselves on being one big happy family, no this isn’t a cliche, the staff really do care, and are always on hand to help you.
On arrivals day, there will be lots of reps around to help you with everything from finding your way around campus to unpacking. Also, keep an eye out for our College Advice Team (CAT) or College Manager who will be more than happy to help.
After arrivals day, Adam, the College Manager can be found in the college office (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday), next to the common room or give him a call on 01524 592686. He is a great first point of contact for any problem, and if he can’t help, he’s almost guaranteed to know someone who can!
Out of office hours, we have a first-class team of porters who are on duty 24/7. They can be found in the porters lodge (next to the bar) or telephoned on 01524 593401. They are experienced in dealing with everything from lost property to medical emergencies.
Most importantly, ENJOY YOURSELF