It's important to everyone that they make friends when they start university, so it can be hard if you don't find a great group of friends immediately. The important thing to remember is that building strong friendships takes time, and it may take a while to properly get to know people on your course. Don't be discouraged if you don't feel as though your flatmates are going to be your best friends - there are plenty of other ways to meet people. Get involved with groups and societies and make the effort to chat to people on your course and you will eventually settle in to friendships, even if it takes a little longer than you'd hoped.
It's more common than you may think for students to have worries about Welcome Week. Some students feel there is a pressure to party hard, and worry that if they don't they will miss out on a crucial period of bonding with those in their accommodation. Though it is good to get involved in Welcome Week social activities, you don't have to do anything you don't want to, and the Guild of Students put on a number of events that are not centred around alcohol. The main thing to remember is that it is only one week, and though it seems important at the time, very soon it won't matter what you did or didn't do during Welcome Week.
Looking after your health
The start of the university year often brings with it a bought of illness commonly called 'freshers' flu'. The combination of mixing with people from all over the world, alcohol, exhaustion and a poor diet often leads to most first years feeling run-down and suffering from flu-like symptoms at the start of term. For this reason it is important to spare a thought for your health at this time. Perhaps organise a more subdued social activity one evening and try not to only eat take-aways for an entire week!