If there's one thing you should come to Lancaster with, it's the knowledge that you can be yourself here - and there's so much to do to express yourself and start your journey with us. Remember to do your own thing. Even if you aren't sure what you want to do, the last thing you want to do is try and be something you aren't. This is your time, and you should do it your own way.
Your college will have dozens of reps on hand all week to help you settle in. They'll probably show you the sights and scenes of the campus and city - from everyday life to nightlife. Be aware of your limits though, and even if you want to try everything, you should also try to take it easy, chill out and relax as much as possible. Between your college, the University and the Students' Union there's a variety of events on every day to cater for all tastes, outlooks and moods.
It's a good idea to talk to as many people as possible - they are all in the same situation as you. Make small talk if you have to, it's what many people will be doing. Try and remember names but don't worry if you can't - they'll soon stick! Never will so many people ask you where you are from, which degree you are taking, what A-Levels you did and which college you are in, than they will this week!
Don't forget to ring your parents, but even if you feel homesick you should avoid doing it too much as thinking about home can make you feel worse. Same goes for talking about home and all your old friends to your new ones. You might make them miss home too. This is a new chapter in your life and we hope you will settle in very quickly. If you are having problems of this nature - or any other - you can speak to your College Officers or Student Based Services staff, who have a raft of knowledge and experience to help.
So this is where it all starts then. By the end of the first week you'll have made new friends, been acquainted with your department, and have registered for all your courses. You'll have seen everything the University has to offer by way of clubs and societies, maybe joined some, and maybe tried something new. You'll probably have been round the city at least once during the day, and once at night. And hopefully you'll have an idea of what you want to do for the rest of the year... it could be one of the best you've ever had.
The New to Lancaster website has many useful links so you can find out about the University and the city itself. As an incoming student you will be sent a copy of The Guide in September, but you can also view it online here - just check the links to the left.
In the event that you need any help or advice, either before you get here or once you have arrived, you may find the Student Based Services website useful reading. If you are an International student you can view specific information about Freshers' Week and more on the International Students Advisory Service website.
And of course, you can always contact us if you need to know anything before you get here.
We look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster!