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What can I expect when I arrive on campus?

In this video, students at the University of York share their experiences of being new on campus.
So my first day on campus was actually very eventful this was due to meet arriving late as we left out late because the night before I didn’t get any sleep since being very nervous about forgetting something but I didn’t forget anything in the end, but make sure that you do get enough sleep the night before you move, as it was a very long day. I met my flatmates in the kitchen and spoke to a lot of second and third years, which was quite nice. We already previously had a Facebook chat which was nice so we got we got to know each other before but it was really nice to put a face to each person’s name.
Just go and sit in the kitchen and chat to people with a cup of tea, or a glass of wine or beer or something. I spent the rest of the day in there just chatting to all my new flatmates, and then we went to the pub. it was a really nice way of getting to know people, and one of my fondest memories of living in halls actually, and by the end of the night it seemed like we had been friends for a very long time. The first thing I remember was a lovely sunny day and we had a welcome talk held by the college tutors and the local and commuting student officers, we had a big buffet.
We had campus tours and then we had a little get to know each other session in the afternoon, which made me feel so much more at ease about being a commuting student, and made me realise just how easy it was going to be to fit in. My first day on campus and moving into my accommodation was a very very surreal experience. I had pretty much my whole family with me, who had come to drive me up and help me unpack and say goodbye and so we had a lot of people in a very small amount of space.
Actually though, if you are able to do that, I would definitely recommend it because it was also one of those things that helped me make those first initial connections. We were able to offer to help other people with things like carrying up suitcases from downstairs and so on. We had a flat meeting, this was kind of an impromptu thing, everyone sort of arrived and was sitting in the kitchen. It turns out that we had everyone in one place, we introduced ourselves, and sort of said who we are and we got talking. We did all of the socialising just in the flat.
Just like, you know, you’ll be making breakfast, you’ll be chatting to someone or pass someone In the corridor, whatever, you say hello and that was kind of how I ended up getting to know them.

Watch and listen as our students here at York share their experiences of arriving on campus.

Your experience will be unique to you, of course, but don’t forget everyone will be new and pretty much everyone will be slightly bewildered!

Don’t forget you will have time before your course starts so take your time and enjoy that first day and the following days as you settle in.

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