So let's start with before. Lots of you will already have sorted this out by now but let's not overlook the importance of having some accommodation lined up. If you haven't already applied for uni halls or private housing maybe do it now before you end up living with a bunch of other really unorganised people in a place none of your family or friends ever want to visit. Ever.
It's also important to keep an eye on any emails and post you may be receiving. Make sure you actually read it all because a lot of the time it will be giving you something to do. Whether it's regarding your student loan, registering with the uni, or joining Facebook pages to meet people on your course or in your halls it's normally useful stuff so read up!
On a similar note, do search for your halls group on Facebook, it's a great way to get some idea of who you're living with before you arrive. If you want to branch out a bit further widen that search to any societies you may be interested in, the union page, your course or if you're really going for it - similar courses. No probably don't do that.
There's also other sites that you can meet people on before such as the UCAS social network 'yougo', sounds like a great idea... but in practice be prepared to have one conversation online and a couple of awkward run-ins. My own experience involved receiving poetry, I occasionally see the author around campus. It's awkward. My advice? Join the groups and have a few conversations but don't be too disappointed if you haven't made some lifelong friends before you arrive, after all that's what freshers week is for!
Pots and pans and packing. It's important to make sure you have the right stuff before you get there, so find out what you need to take and what's already provided. Are you catered or self catered? Either way you will probably need a bit of cooking equipment or at least a bowl. If you're anything like me you won't be waking up in time to fit in a catered breakfast before lectures. There tends to be two types of people when it comes to kitchen equipment, those who arrive with everything, and those who arrive with nothing. Really, if possible, it's probably best to be something in between. If your entire flat turns up with everything it won't all fit in the cupboards and the kitchen will be messy enough by the end of the week not to need the extra clutter. On the other hand if you turn up with nothing you're likely to irritate your flat mates by borrowing all of there things and not washing them up quick enough, either way it's not ideal. I would suggest bringing some of your own kitchen equipment to at least get you through the first few days then if you find you don't have enough you can go and buy more, but it's likely that between the flat you will have covered most things.
Finally before you get there you'll have the option to buy tickets to lots of the freshers events online. Now this ones up to you, if you want to be super organised go for it buy them all but bare in mind that your flat may not have had the same idea and may end up not going to all of the events so it could be an idea to chat to a couple of them on Facebook first to see what they're doing before you spend all that money. You may also want to check what events are on, there tends to be a couple of fancy dress so make sure you go prepared! School uniform is always a favourite, so if you need some geeky glasses just click on the picture below!