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11 signs you're not a fresher anymore

28 Sep 2017

So you’ve survived first year, coped with being away from your besties ALL SUMMER and you’re SO excited to be back for year number two!

But, now you’re back, things are a little different. Here’s how you know you’re not a fresher anymore…

You know exactly which stalls have the good freebies at freshers’ fairs


You can swerve the Battle Re-enactment Society and avoid the Bowling Club after ignoring their emails for the last year. You know exactly where the pizza is and when it arrives, and which stalls have free food so you can avoid coming home with a bag full of keyrings and pens you’ll forget about until February.

You know to avoid the freshers’ nights


After a year of training you’re now an expert and know which bars have the best deals while also avoiding the clubs that are rammed full of confused, drunk freshers in matching t-shirts fighting over inflatables.

You probably need to start going to the library…


Remember your first year when you read a book every now and again, sometimes made it to your 9am lecture and only went to the library to use the loo?

At most universities, second year is when your grades starting counting towards your overall degree so you might have to actually put some work in! Make sure you’ve got all your books, check your lecture timetable and get used to your early-morning alarm!

You don’t need to worry about making friends


First year can be pretty scary when you don’t know anyone.  Do you ask that guy in your study group to the gig you want to go to? Do you hang out with your flatmate even though you have nothing in common? By the time second year rolls around you’ve got your #squadgoals and you don’t have to worry about whether to ask that girl you met in the toilets if she wants to come out for your birthday.

Plus, these days you’d much rather have a house party

house party

Why deal with sticky floors and bar queues when you can stay in, choose your own music and only have to travel up the stairs to your own bed?

Food in halls is starting to sound pretty good

food hall

After that disaster you had trying to make scrambled eggs and that time you cremated the pizza (and the plastic chopping board), you’re actually nostalgic for the mass catering in the halls!

You roll your eyes at the new freshers

How old are they, 12? You were never that green!

You’re pretty excited to have a TV


A night in watching Bake Off is actually a pretty exciting event when you’ve not had live TV for a year.

You actually like who you live with

No more living with the guy who never came out of his room or the girl who always left passive aggressive notes and stole your cheese (we know it was you, Susan!) Now you can come home every day to people you actually like!

You have to actually go outside to see some of your friends

Urgh, putting on shoes is so annoying!

You have to pay the gas bill


Or at least, you’ve become well acquainted with putting on a third jumper and a fifth pair of socks when it starts getting chilly.

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