freshers’ diary: move in day

Monday 28th September 2015

Even though it was just yesterday, move-in day is already a complete blur –and it has nothing to do with alcohol. Something about the way in which my life was completely overhauled in the space of about twelve hours has meant that I’m still processing the day.

With that in mind, rather than give a full account of everything that happened I’ve put together my top-tips for move-in day for future freshers.

Tips for move-in day

  • Leave lots of travel time so the journey doesn’t add more stress on to the day
  • Unload everything but don’t worry about putting everything away immediately – take some time to make your room your space
  • Let your family stay as long as you need, but try to not have a really emotional goodbye – it will just make you feel much worse
  • Look out for your housemates – if someone’s struggling with a bag, can’t reach a shelf or is upset after saying goodbye to their family, help them out
  • Be kind and open-minded –don’t lock yourself away in your room! Prop your door open so you can say hi to all your housemates as they walk past
  • Bring food – lots of my housemates brought cake which was a great ice-breaker
  • Order a meal as a house on the first night and eat together to get to know each other
  • Add each other on Facebook and share phone numbers as soon as possible so you can contact each other in case of an emergency or if you just lose someone on a night out
  • Stay true to yourself and don’t make personal sacrifices for the sake of fitting in. If you don’t want to drink, don’t! At the same time, the first day isn’t the time to get into huge political debates – get to know each other a little first
  • Spend some time making your room somewhere you want to be, and a place you’re happy to work in – you’ll be spending a lot of time here so make it homely

I’ll be back next week with a rundown of what went on in my Freshers’ Week (or at least as much as I can remember!) so be sure to check in on Monday.

In the meantime, be sure to leave your tips for move-in day in the comments!

L x

this post was originally published on SpiceUKOnline



  1. 12/10/2015 / 1:25 pm

    Working backwards with these!
    Great tips for fellow new entrants; honest, and kind. Then again, that’s you all over!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Lucy Furneaux
      12/10/2015 / 3:25 pm

      You are so very kind Pete!

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