You’ve probably heard the saying “your school days are the best days of your life”, but for many, the first year of university is what really takes the crown. 

There are so many reasons on why your first year is an unforgettable one; the new people you meet, the infamous Freshers’ Week events and the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. 

Check out our top things which will make your first year of university the best year of your life. 

Making friends for life

“The friends you will meet at university will often become friends for life.”

The friends you make at university are like no other. Whether you meet new friends on your course, in student halls, during a part-time job or on a big night out, you’ll share some amazing experiences which will stick with you for the rest of your life. 

What makes your university friends so special?

They’ll help you achieve your goals. Everyone at university shares a common goal: graduate with the best possible grade. When you and your friends all want the same thing, you’ll support and encourage each other to work harder to get the most from your university studies.

They’ll be there for your highest-highs and lowest-lows. Whether you’ve had great achievements to celebrate or need support through the tough times, the friends you’ve shared these experiences with is what makes your university friendships special.

Studying what you love

The opportunity to study what you’re passionate about is another defining reason as to why your first year of university will be amazing. 

No longer will you be spreading yourself too thin and studying a range of different subjects at college of 6th form. Instead, you’ll be able to focus all of your time and energy studying something you love and take the first steps towards achieving the career you dream of having. 

Complete independence

For many, moving out of the family home into university accommodation is the first taste of total independence. The newfound freedom gives you the opportunity to do exactly what you want, when you want. Fancy heading out at 10pm for an evening walk, or getting home after a heavy night out of 4am? You can do it without being questioned.

However, you should bare in mind that independence comes hand in hand with a couple downsides - chores. Cooking meals everyday, keeping your student bedroom and communal area clean, doing your laundry. There are plenty of things for you to do around your university accommodation, but you won’t be nagged into doing these jobs so you can do them whenever you feel like it!

Plenty of societies to enjoy

There are societies at university for just about anything - and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always start one yourself. Getting involved in societies is great for finding friends, having fun, enhancing your university experience and padding out your CV.

With all of the hard work you’re doing – from studying for exams to searching for an internship - you deserve some down time. Societies are a great chance to relax and de-stress from your day-to-day.