Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A Greenwich Guide to Freshers' Fortnight - Part 3


The Freshers Ball is being held at the infamous Ministry of Sound in Elephant and Castle on 5th October. It's basically a night put on by the SU which marks the end of Freshers Fortnight, and it's all students from Greenwich in one of the biggest clubs in London, with a big act. In my first year it was S Club 7, and I've never seen so many girls (and guys!!) screaming the words to 'Reach'. Last year the Ball was at Studio 338, and we had Eton Messy. This year's act hasn't yet been announced but if the past years are anything to go by it should be good!

Definitely get a ticket now before they sell out; they're £15 but it's worth it for the night, the drinks should be cheap and it's on until 3am. This is one Freshers event you shouldn't miss out on!

A lot of people are wondering what to wear; the name 'Ball' is a little misleading. With it being at Ministry, ladies, you don't really want to be in a long dress as it will drag on the floor and get sticky and ruined. I would go for a shorter dress or skirt, not super fancy like what you'd wear to prom, but still quite nice! Shoes-wise, it's totally up to you if you want to go for heels or not. Lads, shirt and jeans are a good option! For outfit inspiration ideas have a look at the photos from a couple of years ago here.

Travelling to and from Ministry is relatively easy. From Greenwich the fastest route is to jump on the 188 and get off at Elephant and Castle. It's tempting to take the tube, but the bus is the fastest option! It's 24 hours so that's your best route back as well, as it doesn't take long at all.

For Avery Hill, it's a little longer, 286 to Blackheath and then 53 to Elephant and Castle. 

Something that will help you with London travel a LOT is the Citymapper app. It gives you live bus times, your closest bus stop and the best route back, including the one with the least changes or ones that are rain safe. I swear by this app and the best part is, it's totally free!

To get back late at night my suggestion is UBER. If you haven't used this yet, it will be a godsend. It's far cheaper than black cabs, and all you need is to download the app. There's hundreds of discount codes out there for first-time users (TIP: This one will give you £10 off your first ride - i9y44**) If you do have to wait a while, there's a fried chicken shop just opposite the bus stop which proves very popular to satisfy those all-important 3am cheesy chips cravings.


This is a real thing. It hurts. Your whole flat will get it. You will get it. What is Freshers flu I hear you ask? Well. Freshers flu is what happens after you put your body through two weeks of various nights out, countless Domino’s, living in a confined space with 6 other people, lecture hall air con and lack of sleep.

It sounds like I'm being dramatic, but a lot of people do think they're on their deathbeds when in reality they are just hungover with the sniffles and end up going home to their mum for a week... So the trick is to be prepared. Make sure you’re eating enough fruit and veg, you don't need to be Jamie Oliver to chuck a few frozen peas in a pan, or have some banana with your Weetabix (TIP: If all else fails, Vodka and Orange Juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C).

Try and get enough sleep so you're: A) Not missing your very first lectures and; B) Not walking round like a zombie. You'll soon master the art of napping and be very grateful for your blackout curtains!

If you really can't hack it, take a night off, get a Lemsip and snuggle up in bed and watch some rubbish TV, and get an early night. It will help, and you'll feel a million times better.

**Correct at time of writing


A Greenwich Guide to Freshers' Fortnight - Guest Blogger

Liz is a new blogger being featured here, who works in the Clearing team. She's here all week with hints and tips for getting the most out of your first few weeks at university.

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