You think you’ve done it. You’ve come to the end of Freshers’ week and you’ve survived. You can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, or perhaps the bottom of a shot glass is more apt. But alas, there is one final hurdle. The Freshers’ Fair. Here is your guide to surviving it:
If you want to find out about the societies and groups available, go as early as you can. Although you might be feeling sore from a hangover, you’ll be avoiding the queues and crowds and won’t be stuck there all day.
Make some time before you go to research the societies. The guild website provides quick explanations of each society available, as well as membership prices and people on the committees. By taking the time to look in advance, it will save you spending a lot of time at each stall and may stop any erratic sign-ups.
Get money out beforehand
Probably the best advice you will get – get money from a cash point before you head down to the Forum. The societies won’t take card and there are only 3 cashpoints in the Forum (2 for NatWest and 1 for Santander). It won’t take long for the queues to build up so to save yourself some more time, get cash before.
Take a diary
A diary, notepad, or even making a list on your phone of all the societies you have signed up for will benefit you in the long run. By doing this, you won’t forget what you have joined and what you are committing to.
Don’t be a hoarder
Although the main point of the Freshers’ Fair is to allow you to sign up for societies, there will also be a lot of societies and brands handing out a multitude of items. If you can’t say no to something free, then this will be a dream for you. However, if you collect everything in sight, you may find your new room full of a lot of things that you don’t need. Try and pick up stuff that will benefit you, and of course don’t avoid any student vouchers on offer.
It’s not final
If you don’t manage to sign up for everything you want to on the day, there is still an opportunity to join on the guild website any time after. This also applies to those who see something at the fair but aren’t quite sure on the day; you can always give yourself time to decide if you really want to join a society. Do not rush into paying a membership fee, and some societies even let you join after term one. Try and think about how you want to spend and save your loan!