How to avoid Fresher's flu: 5 ways to stay healthy at Freshers 2019

Freshers 2019 listen up! Here's how to stay healthy and avoid the Fresher's Flu if you're off to University this year.

Around 90% of new students, apparently, end up with some sort of flu during their first few weeks of University. Combine lots of people mingling, lots of booze, lots of junk and some swapping of bodily fluids and it's a hygiene disaster waiting to happen.

Here's how to do your best to avoid Fresher's Flu in 2019.

Get vaccinated

Ampule and syringe.
You may be going to University and not on safari but getting prepared can be a good idea with a flu jab and making sure you're also properly protected from more serious infections such as meningitis.

Eat healthy

A greasy kebab seems like fine dining at 3AM but try your best to avoid it, even if paralytic. Try and at least eat healthily during the day, with plenty of fresh fruit and veg.

Drink plenty of water

As well as eating healthy, drink healthy with plenty of water, both during the day and when out at night to help your body combat any potential Fresher's flu infection.

Give yourself a break

You may started Fresher's week determined to go to every night but it's in your best interests to say no every now and then. You won't miss anything. Probably.

Become a hygiene freak

Becoming a bit of a hygiene freak - even for the week - can help. Make sure to routinely wash your hands with warm soapy water.


When do you go out, give yourself plenty of time to recover with ideally at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Take naps when you can to catch up!

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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