What is Freshers’ Week?

A festival to launch you into University life, run by the four student organisations on campus — GUSA, GUU, QMU & SRC — this is the biggest student party of your four years at University. You’ll already have an idea what student life is all about, but by the end of Freshers’ Week — you’ll know. The party only lasts a week but the Freshers’ Week experience will stay with you for life.

What happens in Freshers’ Week?

There are events running all week from 10am to 2am the next morning. Ranging from bands and DJs in the Unions at night to tours of campus, seminars and film screenings during the day. Last year saw acts like Twin Atlantic, Jaguar Skills, Edith Bowman and Ministry of Sound pack the dance floors across campus. Meanwhile in the bars, fresh comedy from Craig Campbell and Abandoman, hypnotists and pub quizzes kept the crowds entertained during the day.

On top of that, there’s also bus tours, introduction sessions to student media, student activism and volunteering, sports taster sessions and of course the only official Freshers’ Fair, which provides the opportunity to meet clubs and societies and grab some awesome freebies from loads of different companies and organisations.

A guide to the week with full listings, times and maps will be included with your Freshers’ Band in September. Until then you can stay in the loop via this site and the Freshers’ Week 2017 Facebook page and Twitter.

What’s a Freshers’ Band?

Freshers’ Week is exclusively for new students of the University of Glasgow and the Freshers’ Band is the only way to gain entry to every event on campus throughout Freshers’ Week 2017. It also gives you access to the late night bus service to ensure you get home safe after a night out. Bands cost £45, plus an online booking fee.

Will the Freshers’ Band get me into all the events of the week?

Yes. The band will get you free entry into all the evening events run by the four student bodies and any club or society associated with the University of Glasgow between 11th–15th September 2017 as well as some additional events at the weekend (check the GUU and QMU on Facebook for details). Events during the day, for example Freshers’ Fair, do not require a band for entry.

How much is a Freshers’ Band?

The 2017 Freshers’  Band costs just £45. That’s a quarter of the price of most festivals which only last for two days, not five!

How do I buy a Freshers’ Band?

You can register and purchase your Freshers’ Band online now, it takes about five minutes and you can pay online. When you’ve completed your registration you’ll get an email from Eventbrite confirming the purchase. Online band sales end on Friday 8th September at 1pm sharp.

Receiving your email confirms that you’re all signed up for a band — there’ll be one waiting for you when you arrive in Freshers’ Week! All you need to do is print it out and bring it along with you to the pick-up point to collect your band.

The final way to get hold of a band is in person. If you arrive in Glasgow before Freshers’ Week, you can come to the Welcome Point in the McIntyre Building before 3pm on the 8th September with a postal registration form, payment in cash and you’ll get a receipt so you can pick up your band with everyone else. If you won’t arrive in Glasgow until Freshers’ Week itself, then you can bring your completed form and some cash along to the Freshers’ Band pick-up point (Room 208, McIntyre Building) to register for a band on collection day, after that, you can buy one from SRC Welcome Point at any point during the week.

Which address should I put on my Freshers’ Band Registration Form?

We use the address you give us online or on the form only for reference. The important part is your email address where we will be sending your confirmation email. No Freshers’ Bands will be sent though the post.

Where do I collect my Band?

To pick up your Freshers’ Band, you need to come to the Freshers’ Band pick-up point after 9.00am on Monday 11th September, ideally with your confirmation from Eventbrite or a form of photo I.D. The pick-up point this year will be the McIntyre Building, Room 201, there’ll be helpers and signposts to make sure you find it okay and this information will also be on your Eventbrite confirmation to make sure you don’t forget. If you can’t pick it up then, they can be collected from the Welcome Point in the same building between 9am and 4pm every day.

Who can come to Freshers’ Week?

Relatives, friends, and students from other universities are not allowed. Only first year students at the University of Glasgow — i.e. Freshers only and you will be asked to prove you are a Glasgow Fresher at some point in the week.

Will Freshers’ week be accessible for me?

We strive to make Freshers’ Week accessible for all. For enquiries about disability access and support, please get in touch with the Disability Service at [email protected] or phone 0141 330 5497.

The QMU provides access to the building via a disabled ramp and all floors via the lifts. Qudos has a disabled viewing platform available for booking in advance that can be reserved and QMU staff will arrange to meet the student and escort them to the platform. The QMU also allows free entry to an approved carer if required

The GUU is also accessible on all levels/rooms to those requiring disabled access. Disabled access to the Old building is via the back lane or Beer Bar with a lift that provides access to all floors. The GUU Extension is also served by a lift and provides access between both the extension and the Old Building.

I’m 17 in September, can I still buy a Band and go to events?

Yes. Both the QM and the GUU have an arrangement so that 17 year old Freshers are considered temporary members for the week, this means that although you can’t purchase alcohol, you can still attend all the events. When Freshers’ Week is over, 17 year olds can become full members of the Unions to attend weekly events.

I’m a postgraduate or Erasmus/exchange student, can I still buy a Band and go to events?

Yes. All students new to Glasgow University this coming academic year are eligible to buy a Freshers’ Band and take part in Freshers’ Week events, including postgraduate students, students transferring from Glasgow International College, exchange students and Erasmus students. If you are new to Glasgow, Freshers’ Week is for you!

I was in first year last year but withdrew from university. Can I go to Freshers’ Week this year?

Yes, but only if you have registered to be a first year student again this year.

Is Freshers’ Week only about entertainment and fun? What about registration and induction?

There’s also a lot of important official stuff you need to make sure you take care of during Freshers’ Week. You need to register your details with the university and go to a couple of induction lectures for each of your classes. The University manage all of this side of things and have a section of practical information you need to know for Freshers’ Week.

My question isn’t here!

Have we still not answered your question? Get in touch with the SRC and they’ll be able to help you out. Call them on 0141 330 5360 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, you can use our Contact Form.