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Do you have to enjoy clubbing and live music to enjoy Freshers' week? Bethany, Bury St Edmunds


Our Answer:

Freshers' week is an exciting time at the start of your university life, there is lots going on and a great buzz about campus. Clubbing and live music form part of some of the events but you don’t have to enjoy them to enjoy your Freshers' week. Plus, you’ll be surprised how many people you’ll find who have similar interests to you and that’s one of the great things about Freshers' week. It’s a time to try new things and decide what you do and don’t like.The best advice is to explore the whole event listings and attend events that are of interest to you, here’s some things to get you thinking:

There will be lots of fayres to go to. Here at UEA we have a Freshers' fayre where you will find lots of freebies, go with a few of your new flatmates or course friends to break the ice. There will be a clubs and societies fayre and sports fayre too. This is your perfect opportunity to find out about all the different clubs and societies you can be a part of. This is where you can learn something new or develop an existing interest, what is good is that you’ll meet like-minded people who are interested in the same things as you. For example, you might be interested in writing for UEA’s Student Newspaper Concrete or being on UEA’s student radio station Livewire. But with well over 200 clubs and societies to choose from, take a look and see what grabs you!

If clubbing isn’t your thing but you prefer a nice bar or pub then there is the bar on campus and also many great pubs and bars in the fine city of Norwich to explore. Live music and hot clubs isn’t for everyone but a nice drink and chat in a cosy bar might be your thing. The same goes for restaurants, there are some places on campus to go for a bite to eat with friends and there are plenty of different tastes to try at a range of restaurants in Norwich.

If you’re interested in films then there are a few cinemas in Norwich and keep an eye out for film night events on campus, but don’t forget the popcorn!

Good at quizzes? Then check the events for quiz nights. This is a great time to create a quiz team with your flat or course friends, test your knowledge and have a good time.

If you’re not interested in going out then have a chat with your flat mates and see if they’re up for a bit of a flat party, play some games and get to know each other.

Explore Norwich; you have a city on your doorstep that has a rich history and plenty of things to see and do. While fitting in your induction lectures, talks, seminars etc go for a bit of a sightseeing trip and get familiar with your new home in Norwich.

Clubbing and live music might not be something you enjoy at the moment but there might be a particular club night that takes your fancy or you could go and see a live band that’s the next best thing at a great music venue in Norwich. University is about broadening your mind (both academically and socially) so keeping an open mind sometimes might work in your favour. Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone allows seeing things differently and learning about yourself too. You might go with a group of friends (albeit don’t fall for peer pressure) and it could be a new, fun experience.

We hope you have a great Freshers' week and start to your university life.

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