Plan ahead and be organised
Being organised is key to partying smartly and safety at university. Living in a new town or city can be daunting, especially in the early hours of the morning. Trust me, that 4am panic when you start to regret the Jägerbombs and experience a sudden realisation that you have no idea where your halls are is not a great feeling. Plan ahead and know roughly how the night might play out. For example, decide how you are getting there, who you are going with, how much money you have to spend and how you are getting home. This makes going out a whole lot easier and less stressful.
Don’t leave your friends
Going out with friends makes the night a lot more fun as well as safe. Friends are a good support network and nights out with groups of people means that you can look after each other. You never know what might happen when out partying, you might lose your phone or purse, have one too many drinks or get a tad lost. This is when friends can be of a great help!
Know your limits and be reasonable
Drink within reason and that means you can still have fun! Drinking too much can ruin nights out not just for yourself but your friends too. Pre-drinking allows for the evening to be cheaper but don’t go ‘prinking’ too much as then you won’t get into the club. And besides, no one likes a stinking hangover! Top tip: the Wetherspoon’s fry up for £2.99 solves all life problems after a night clubbing.
Safety comes before anything else. However, safety can often be the least of your worries when you are having a good time. Vulnerability can be avoided and here are some things that I recommend sticking too:
- Have some money aside to pay for transport home.
- Tell a friend, family member or halls member of staff that you are going out and roughly what time you will be returning.
- Don’t walk home alone but if you have no choice then call someone to talk to on the way (my Mum got pretty used to 3am phone calls on a Saturday morning).
- Don’t get in a taxi alone, try to share with someone. This also helps to save money.
- Don’t post on social media. This is a recipe for disaster…
- Don’t agree to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.
At the end of the day everyone likes to have a good time but partying smartly can save trouble and hassle!