What is Freshers Week?

Exam preparation. Students studying in college campus
Exam preparation. Students studying in college campus, using laptop and reading books

The first week at university is called ‘Freshers Week’ and is packed with new places, new activities and new faces. Freshers’ week is an exciting opportunity to ease into student life while you meet new people and learn more about your university.

Your first few days as a student can be overwhelming. Often, you’ve moved away from home and don’t have your usual support network of friends and family around you. Although it may seem daunting, you’ll keep your head above water and get the most out of freshers’ week by throwing yourself into everything it has to offer.  Getting out of your comfort zone can open so many doors for you.

Freshers’ week is an incredibly busy time, filled with a mix of social events, fairs and important administrative tasks to complete. The opportunity to get to know your university and make new friends without the pressure of lectures and deadlines is too good to miss.

Freshers Week 2019: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 – Sun, 15 Sep 2019

Making the most of Freshers Week


While there will be several meetings scheduled during freshers’ week, the most important is registration.

Registration is usually split into two parts – online registration, which can be completed from home before you move, and collection of your ID card from campus. You’ll be sent a list of which documents you’ll need for each stage of the registration process by your university.

Make time to complete other practical tasks while you’re free of the responsibility of lectures – wise up on where your library, lecture buildings and students’ union are, as well as your local food shops and launderette (if your accommodation doesn’t provide washing facilities).

Freshers’ fair

Grasp the chance to immerse yourself in a day of taster sessions, where you could discover new interests. Clubs, societies, external businesses and your students’ union are among the many stalls at any fresher’s fair, inviting you to register your interest in their services and collect pens, USB sticks and keyrings.

Join societies and clubs

Signing up to a society during freshers’ week is a great way to meet people and connect with those who share the same passion as you. Joining a group can have a positive impact on your student life, which will benefit your personal development and employment prospects as well as boosting your social life. 

It’s also a good idea to take a break from your partying during the week. There will be events planned for every single night, but don’t feel you have to attend them all. Spend a night in getting to know your housemates and finishing your unpacking. You’ll have more fun the following night if you take time to recover.