Freshers’ Week: did it live up to the hype?


Being a third year up I have partied my way through and survived two fresher’s weeks despite catching the odd dose of fresher’s flu on the way. I hoped that Freshers’ Week 2010 would be no exception and Lancaster, once again, you did not let me down.

So what is great about Lancaster Freshers’ Week?

Out on the town — Photo courtesy of Lauren Maughan

A fundamental aspect of university is the college system. This makes our University unique by providing us with a sense of community, togetherness and the sudden need to earl abuse at anyone from a rival college. There is nothing better than this college rivalry, and the friendly banter between the different colleges.  It brings a great sense of camaraderie, as well as a great way to meet other college members once you’ve got the insults out of the way.

I am sure we were all eager to grab a few freebies at the fresher’s fair and of course join some new clubs and societies. Lancaster University make it so easy to get involved in a range of activities, whether it is a sport that takes your fancy or something more unique such as the picnic society; the possibilities are endless.

Let’s not forget the Friday’s fair where a selection of businesses in Lancaster are handing out freebies galore, loading us up with a variety of goods and vouchers from the sugarhouse favourite ‘get shagg-ed at the weekend’ t shirts to drinks vouchers for every pub, club and bar in the Lancaster area. I know I will be popping down to the Friary to use my free burger and a beer voucher very soon.

Freshers' Fair with the LAEL society — Photo courtesy of Lauren Maughan

During Freshers’ Week, a major part of this infamous week is sampling the nightlife that Lancaster has to offer.  Fancy dress campus bar crawls, house wars and movie nights; there was something for everyone and I am sure you will agree that some amazing nights out were had. A major plus was the free buses back to campus from town so there was no need to fork out on taxis.

The Lancaster travel agents is a plus for us students here at Lancaster as it makes organising a day trip a walk in the park. Once that much anticipated loan has been deposited in your bank account then why not sample the delight of the Lake district or head further north to Edinburgh. I know I have my eye on a Dublin weekend which has my name all over it.

So there you have it, just a few things I enjoyed about Lancaster Freshers’ Week 2010. So did it live up to the hype? Of course it did, I am only gutted I will not be here next year to relive it all over again.

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