If you are a parent with a child starting university, then this post is for you. If you are a parent with a child who will start university in the future, then this post is also for you.
I remember my first day at university (a long, long time ago!), where I felt very much out of my comfort zone. I had taken a gap year between college and uni to save up for my whopping tuition fees and accommodation costs. However, everything ended up being a lot more expensive and arduous than I had initially imagined and, to say that I had learned a lot of difficult financial lessons during my time as a student was a massive understatement. If only there was a membership group that I could have joined that would have supported me with all the fundamentals that I needed throughout my years at uni so that I could not only save money but learn to spend it wisely too.
Well, thanks to this wondrous digital age, there is! It’s called:
FREE THE FRESHER
What’s Free the Fresher? Well, it’s an economic safeguard and comfort cushion for parents who need peace of mind that their son or daughter will eat properly and manage their money effectively during university. I can’t imagine what it feels like to be carting off your child to university for the first time, but I envision that the burning questions about their safety and comfort would be in the very forefront of your minds. So, it is precisely for this reason that a group of former students created and launched Free the Fresher.
Free the Fresher is directed to those who start university this autumn, with the intention of helping them along a very exciting and nerve-wracking journey through student life. For us parents, we just want to make sure our kids make it through all the peaks and troughs of the next three years or so, so Free the Fresher’s close-knit community look after each other to provide the uni student with whatever they need, whenever they need it. Free the Fresher will be there for them as a member of the extended family when our beloved children are homesick and missing their mum and dad – as well as home-cooked meals and clean laundry on tab.
So, how does Free the Fresher work?
When your child signs up to be a member of Free the Fresher, they receive three packs throughout their school year. These three packs aim to provide the student member with all the fundamental items that they need to get through the year. Delivery is free and lots of exclusive discounts from hundreds of big named brands across the UK are offered every week too.
What are in these three packs?
The first ‘Getting Started’ pack will be delivered to the member’s designated address on the date that it is requested. This pack includes:
For the kitchen
- 1 pot
- 1 pan
- 1 Cutlery set
- Cutting knife
- Cutting board
- Mixing spoon
- Cheese grater
- 1 Plate set
- Shot glasses
- Measuring cups
- Hangover kit
For the room
- Toilet paper
- Gym bag
- A card deck
“Kitchen supplies, classroom essentials, room décor, hangover kits. They’re like the LAPD – to protect and serve.”
Members have the option of choosing a blue, pink, black or white colour scheme. Christmas and summer packs are also provided with normally a £5 upgrade for each and are delivered during the first week of December and the first week of May respectively. But, for a limited time only, Free the Fresher members will pay just £50 for all three.
Summer pack – “Pack for summer with essentials for those pesky summer exams, moving boxes, holiday essentials and festival survival kit.”
Christmas pack – “With a mixture of treats and practical material for your January exams, you’ll find Christmas cards, ornaments and goodies from us – not to mention all the discounts you’ll get.”
How do I sign my darling child up?
Membership closes in June, so I recommend you don’t delay. Have their student number to hand and once you’ve committed, Free the Fresher will send you more information about delivery and colour scheme. If you change your mind or something goes wrong, you will be fully refunded. *
“More than 10,000 students enrolled with Free the Fresher in our first year so we’re going from strength to strength.”
To find out more about how to sign your child up to Free the Fresher, click here to register. Remember to take advantage of their membership discount and pay just £50 for all three packs. Membership closes in June.
It’s nice to know that there will be a Free the Fresher out there to protect my two boys if and when they choose to go to university in the future. But, at 5 and 6 years old, I am a long way away from having to worry about my babies fleeing the nest just yet. Good luck!
*All health and safety guidelines marry up with those the universities adhere. All quotes are taken from Free the Fresher.
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