Freshers’ week marks the start of a new adventure. Meeting new people, living independently and enjoying new experiences. One whole week to socialise in your new city before the real studying at university begins. There are a few important things to bear in mind as Freshers’ week approaches.

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Are you ready for Freshers’ week 2019?

Maybe your older siblings have told you all about life at university, or maybe you have no idea about what to expect. Either way, prepare yourself for some of the best years of your life. Whilst university brings an array of opportunities, a new environment can also present challenges. It can take a while to settle into the student lifestyle: living on a budget with little distinction between the week and the weekend. For many, living away from home for the first time means learning how to fend for yourself. Here are a few things to think about in preparation for your move to university.

The famous Freshers’ flu

Late nights, alcohol and living with new people can often result in Freshers’ flu. Don’t be alarmed – it’s very common to get a persistent cough or cold during your first months at university. Look after yourself and make sure you get enough sleep to avoid becoming run down. After all, you don’t want to miss those all-important lectures.

Losing your virginity?

When, where and who you lose your virginity to is a completely personal choice. Many people feel anxious and scared about losing their virginity. If you do have sex for the first time whilst at university, using protection can help to relieve some of the worries you may have. Protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy by using a condom. It’s a good idea to use a condom every time you have sex, especially if it’s a one-night stand with someone who you don’t know well.

Take care of your sexual health

It’s important to look after your body and stay healthy at university. Regular STI testing helps to prevent the spread of infection. Unfortunately, STIs amongst young people are common, with recent statistics from Public Health England suggesting that those aged 15-24 account for almost two thirds of Chlamydia diagnoses. Anyone who is sexually active should get tested in order to know their sexual health status.

We can help you to get tested for STIs. If you have any have any concerns about your sexual health at any time, don’t hesitate to phone our Sexual Health Advisors. Better2Know has clinics all over the UK with same-day or next-day appointments. Your health and wellbeing are important to us.


[1] GOV.UK: An STI is diagnosed in a young person every four minutes in England

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