Despite its reputation for being a week-long booze fest, there is a lot more to Freshers than drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and partying the night away.
One of the main aims of Freshers Week is to help you to settle into university life by socialising and familiarising you with your new surroundings (and you don’t necessarily need alcohol to do that).
That’s why our Freshers schedule offers lots of opportunities for you to get out there without the alcohol and accompanying hangover.
Here are just some of the ways that you can enjoy this year's Freshers Week in an alternative way.
Our Freshers Fairs, Campus Tea parties and Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale are all alcohol-free events that you can enjoy at this year’s Freshers Week.
Freshers Fair is one of the biggest events on our welcome calendar and takes place on both Headingley and City Campus. Think of it as a kind of expo, where you are be able to browse, meet and join our societies, sign up for volunteer opportunities with local and national charities as well as speak to representatives from some big name brands and get your fill on lots and lots of discounts and freebies.
The Campus Tea Parties are fun free events which occur at both campuses and is filled with FREE (yes free) cake and beverages. This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland! At this event you'll be able to get up close and personal with us whilst you eat and drink to your hearts content. And for our vegan and gluten intolerant friends we haven't forgotten about you, there'll be treats for you too. An event not to be missed.
Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale, it's all in the name! Yes, it’s a clothing sale where you can pick up the finest selection of vintage clothing and pay by the kilo. At this event you be able to rummage through tonnes of the finest vintage gear from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s at on the cheap, at only 15 quid a kilo!
Getting to know the university’s campuses is a great starting point for any new student, after all you’ll be spending at least three years here. Socialising is an important part of the student experience so aside from getting to know study spaces like the library it’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with social spaces too.
As the biggest social space on campus, The Hive should be at the top of your list of places to visit. You can eat there, chill out there not to mention have a Starbucks there. We’ll be having a special launch party to celebrate the recent refurb of The Hive, City campus and the The Hive, Headingley campus on Monday 24 September and Tuesday 25 September (respectively). Join us between 14:00 and 17:00 for some free food and a free drink on arrival as well as some taster events.
Leeds is vibrant and multicultural city with a large student community and excellent places to eat, drink and shop. Luckily for you, our campuses are situated at the heart of some amazing cultural hubs.
The City Campus, located as the name suggests within the city centre is surrounded by an array of independent cafes and restaurants serving a range of international cuisines. It’s also a stone’s throw away from Leeds City Museum and Art Gallery as well as major shopping centres like the Trinity.
The Headingley campus also like the name suggests, is located in the historic district of Headingley. A quaint area that’s full of little gems like the Cottage Road Cinema- the oldest cinema in Leeds. To help you take it all in we have put together a handy checklist of must-see places in Leeds, based on recommendations from our Exec team who are all former students. This checklist can be found in our Welcome Guides which are floating around campus. Check it out and see how many you can tick-off by the time graduate!