1. It's ok not to drink.
Although universities may seem to have a large drinking culture, you should feel no pressure to drink alcohol if you don't want to. Getting extremely drunk may seem like a way to fit in, but in a new city with people you have only known for a couple of days, it puts you in a vulnerable position.

2. Remember to smile!
You might feel like Jordan Belfort when you open your banking app and realise you've just been granted the first instalment of your student loan, but it will quickly deteriorate as you go out enjoying yourself. The good news is that the majority of high-street chains offer discounts if you flash your student card-just remember to smile in the photo!

3. Leave the mixing to the DJ’s.
Be careful about mixing any drugs, including alcohol as this can substantially increase risk of side-effects. If you do take drugs, try to make sure you are with friends and tell them exactly what you have taken in case you run into difficulties, including whether you are mixing your drugs.

4. Hide an emergency tenner.
Make sure you know how you’re getting home after a night out – check out the university night buses on offer, or save the all-important “emergency tenner” to pay for a taxi should you need it.

5. Avoid the hairy dog!
If you do decide to drink, remember that hangover cures like the ‘hair of the dog’ (drinking more alcohol in the morning) are generally a myth. There are no cures for a hangover. There are only tips for avoiding hangovers and for easing the symptoms if you have one. If you have a big night out, try to drink a pint of water before bed and take a glass of water with you and sip it through the night. Pain killers like paracetamol can ease a headache in the morning.

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Published September 2015