Sexual Health Week: Everything Freshers You Need To Know

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Freshers’ week is fast approaching, and we thought you’d like to know some of our tips on how to safely make your way through the most exciting, party-filled week of your life.

You’re Not Alone

Moving away from your family and friends is a big step that might seem daunting to many. Try to remember that every fresher is in the same boat as you, and 54% of them said that making friends was actually easier than they had expected.

It’s OK to Take the Night Off

Freshers’ week is notorious for parties, clubs, making friends and sex. The chances are that all your accommodation pals will try to persuade you to come out every single night, but if you are not feeling up to it, you can say no. Chill out in your dorm, eat something other than takeaway, maybe eventhrow on a face mask! It’s important to make time for yourself.

It’s Better to be Safe than Sorry

Freshers’ week isn’t complete without a cheeky one-night stand or two. Well, it is, but if you think you might be going back to someone’s flat, it’s best to be prepared. Luckily for you, Durex has a huge range of different condoms for you to choose from. And if you’re feeling extra playful, take a mini bottle of our lubes and pleasure gels with you to heat things up.

If you are unsure on which condoms are best suited to your needs, click here to see some more information on our favourite varieties.

Don’t Blow Your Student Loan in the First Week

Hey look, you have thousands of pounds in your bank account! Our top tip would be to not blow it all at once! This needs to last you for a couple of months and will need to buy all your food, course materials, transports, utilities, entertainment and any surprise expenses that can pop up like library fines. Remember to set yourself a weekly budget and keep track of how much you have spent and what’s left in your account.

Always Ask if Student Discount is Available

You have a discount card so don’t be afraid to use it! Your student card isn’t just for filling up on as many cheeky Nando’s with the lads as possible, you can use it to get money off travel costs, new clothes for the chilly winter months, eating out, cinema visits and pretty much most of things you will need to buy. Make the most of using your card because you’ll miss it once it’s gone.

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Freshers’ Flu is a Real Thing

It’s not just a myth. All that partying is bound to catch up with your body soon enough. Allow yourself a bit of self-indulgence and time to heal at home with a tasty meal and a long soak in the tub. Maybe treat yourself to a bit of special alone time with one of our exciting sex toys… We won’t tell anyone don’t worry.

Sign Up at a New GP Surgery

This is one of the easiest things to miss off as you move to a new location. Whether you need the doctor for a tummy bug or you’re worried about a possible STI, having a local GP is a must so make sure you get signed up at the new doctors as soon as possible.

Living Independently is Easier than You Might Think

The thought of moving out is daunting enough, but when you’re leaving the family home to move in with 10 strangers, it can be even scarier. Remember that everyone else you will be meeting at freshers’ week is also new to the university and probably has the same feelings as you. Just be yourself and you’ll be making lifelong friends in no time.

Enjoy Yourself

Your university years will be some of the most life changing years of your lives so don’t forget to enjoy yourself. While you might be young and free, you are not invincible - you still need to take precautions to protect yourself and that includes knowing how to practice safe sex as well as taking care of your general health.