Whilst the main reason to go to university is to end up with a degree, you’re also there to enjoy yourself and experience new things. We’ve put together our top ten activities to add to your university bucket list.
1. Learn to cook
This may seem obvious, but in all likelihood you’re probably planning on living on beans on toast when you move to university, much to your parent’s dismay. University is the perfect time to hone your cooking skills, as it will prepare you for life after you leave. It may also work out more cost effective to cook delicious and healthy meals – and if you like to cook in large volumes, your flatmates will be grateful too!
2. Take part in fancy dress
Fancy dress is a huge part of university life – from ‘back to school’ nights, to ‘emergency services’ parties, where you’ll see hundreds of people running around as firemen, doctors, and life guards - now’s the time to build your fancy dress wardrobe and throw yourself into the mayhem!
3. Take part in a pub crawl
Test yourself and take part in a pub crawl – this could either be a simple case of pub golf with your friends, or a society-organised event. Not only will you feel an unwarranted amount of pride when you complete it, even if you don’t, you’ll be a lot more familiar with your new surroundings after you’ve travelled through the whole city in search of the next pub.
4. Do some charity work
There are hundreds of opportunities to get involved in charity work whilst you’re at university – it doesn’t need to be an organised event either, you could plan and raise money for a cause that’s a bit closer to home. Either way, it’s a great way to save the planet and make some new friends at the same time.
5. Join a society
As you attend your first freshers’ events, you’ll soon become aware of quite how many societies there are for you to take part in. From ‘assassin’ societies (yes, that’s actually a thing!) to chess clubs, there is bound to be something that takes your fancy. Even if you only attend a meeting on a whim, societies are the perfect place to meet like-minded people.
6. Prank your flatmates
This isn’t a must, but it sure is fun! Not only is it a great bonding exercise, but it’s also an opportunity to get creative – you could ‘flag’ all of your flatmates belongings, meaning that they aren’t allowed to use them for a full 24 hours, or keep it simple and stick post-its all over their room! Find out about how best to prank your flatmates.
7. Pull an all-nighter at the university library
Although this doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, it really is. Put on your comfiest pyjamas, grab some snacks from the vending machine, and head down to the university library with some friends from your course. Not only will you be able to help each other with your assignments, but you’ll also be able to offer each other moral support when the going gets tough. Besides, how often do you get the university library all to yourself?
8. Help out someone from another course
There are hundreds of courses going on at your university, and whilst you’re there to study for your own degree, there’s no harm in checking out the message boards to see what’s going on in other departments of your university. You could act in a student film, or take part in a psychological study – either way, it’s an extra item to add to your CV, and yet another great opportunity to meet some new friends.
9. Support your university sport team
As well as hundreds of courses, there are also hundreds of sports teams – and your university is likely to have an array of unusual sports, from dragon-boating to American football, that you may not get the opportunity to watch at any other point in your life. So grab a team t-shirt and head out to show your support – your team will definitely be grateful to see some friendly faces in the stands!
Whilst it’s important to take part in societies and have fun, the main purpose of university is to leave with a degree at the end of it. So make sure to create time for your studies – even if you’re doing it surrounded by post-it notes that your flatmates have lovingly placed all over your belongings.