Advice for Freshers

Firstly, well done for getting your grades and achieving your offer! You should be so proud of yourself and we hope you’re excited to join us at Exeter. You’ve lucked out – we’re the friendliest college, trust me.

Being a Fresher anywhere is daunting, but at Oxford the whole process can feel all the more unique and nerve-wracking. We’ve put together this page to guide you through Freshers’ Week and help you settle in safely to your new home.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. The work is meant to challenge you, so don’t worry if it feels tough.
  2. Everyone else will be in the same boat, struggling more than they let on
  3. Previous Freshers have gone through this, so ask your college parents and peers for help!
  4. Your tutors aren’t expecting you to come up with groundbreaking ideas right away, they’re there to help you

You’ll have subject reps who can answer your questions about the work, especially during Freshers’ Week. Plus, when you meet 2nd and 3rd-year students at Subject Drinks, they’ll be happy to help and support you.

And remember, if you ever have any problems or worries, reach out to the JCR committee, your college parents, subject reps, second years in your field, welfare reps, or any of the many support systems available in college.

A few more things to keep in mind:

Freshers’ Week is an exciting start to your time at Exeter College, but it won’t determine your whole life. It’s important for getting to know Oxford and new people, but don’t stress too much. It’s okay to take it easy and have some downtime during the week. This week is just the beginning of many amazing weeks at Oxford.

Don’t fret about finding your “best friend” during Freshers’ Week. While some people click right away, close friendships often develop later in the year. Exeter College is friendly, and you’ll get to know most people in your year over time.

Exchange contact info with people you meet. It makes it easier to connect with friends during Freshers’ Week and beyond.

Remember, everyone is in the same boat, so be brave and introduce yourself!

Here are some top tips:

  • Only do what you’re comfortable with; don’t feel pressured to drink excessively.
  • If you’re tired and want to rest, go ahead and do it. No need to stress for others’ sake.
  • If you’re feeling down, talk to someone—your new and old friends, your parents, or the support systems in the JCR
  • Stay safe and alert, looking after yourself mentally and physically
  • Freshers’ Week is all about trying new things, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Explore the sports and clubs available for social activities.

Enjoy your Freshers’ Week and your time at Oxford! ?