Fresher’s Flu: It’s Inevitable, isn’t it?

Every year thousands and thousands of new University students begin a new chapter in their life. Whether it’s the partying, the drastic change or the cheap baked bean meals, ‘Freshers flu’ seems to infect campuses up and down the country. How can it be avoided?

Phil Schile, 22, a third-year physiotherapy student conceded: “It is inevitable; it’s going to happen. You’re better off getting the sickness out the way and then knuckling down.”

When reflecting on his freshers week 2 years ago, Phil said: “I went to all the events in the first two weeks, and everyone in our flat and nearby flats got ill. After that, we were fine for the rest of the year.”

Phil recommended going to the gym as it helps with your physical wellbeing and health.

Christopher Ziregbe, 19, a second-year Sports Science student, advised that avoiding close contact to multiple students is the key to avoiding the infamous ‘Freshers Flu’. With so many people from all over the place all integrated together, the chances are extremely high of catching an unwanted illness.


Chris has participated in freshers week, and has gone out with some of his new student friends, but he has not drunk too much and has been strict with a curfew of when to call it a night.

He participates in football and believes his physical condition and athleticism helps to improve his general health and immune system.

Sarah Downey, 23, a fourth-year Sports and International Development student disclosed that she wasn’t hugely keen on going out and tends to avoid the freshers week. She prefers to go out on occasions and finds it more enjoyable going out once the year has started.

Sarah participates in basketball to keep fit and she finds that exercise and activity does help her immune system to be stronger.

However, she does think it isn’t purely down to doing exercise.

She said: “Doing exercise encourages you to eat better and look after yourself more. With a better diet and getting into a routine, your body will be more likely to avoid illness anyway.”

Marco Shio, 19, a second-year Sports Science student, said being sick and acquiring freshers flu during the first few weeks is an accumulation of different factors. Marco believes a lot of students get “homesick due to being out of your comfort zone” and a “change of scene is a lot to take in”. This, combined with going out, drinking and being tired is a lot for your body to handle and the exertion wears away at your immune system.


He suggests “not drinking too much and getting enough sleep”, but sympathises that when “trying to impress new friends and be sensible is not an easy combination”.


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