Freshers Week 2023: What Is It And Why You Should Get Involved

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Freshers Week 2023 is coming quicker than you’ll believe, and we want to prepare you fully for what to expect.

If this is your first year of university then you have SO much to look forward to. Honestly, it’s going to be a wild ride so make sure you’re strapped in and raring to go!

The first few weeks can be daunting and that’s one of the main reasons uni’s organise Freshers Week. 

If you don’t know much about this particular week, then don’t worry! We’ve prepared a full guide just for you, with all the information you could need to get by.

Keep reading to find out more…

freshers week 2023 guide

1. What Is Freshers Week?

Freshers Week occurs at the beginning of your university journey and might also be referred to as Welcome Week. 

It’s a time for you to settle into your university life, and meet new friends and course-mates on a deeper level. 

Your uni will most likely organise a huge variety of events such as the fresher’s ball, freshers fair and student union nights out!

There will likely be tons of fresher events taking place in your uni city or town too, like club nights, student shopping nights and so on.

This is your time to spread your wings, pluck up some courage and go speak to people who you think you’d get along with!

It’s also a time for you to get familiar with your surroundings, ‘cos we bet most of you are moving away from home to a completely new city…

2. When Does Freshers Week Start?

This is something your university will provide information on, but generically it can start from the middle to the end of September and will finish at the beginning of October.

Wow, ‘helpful’ you might be thinking…honestly, we know! If only we could have access to all the dates for you, oh how that would make our life easier!

In all seriousness, dates change frequently so it’s best to head onto your university or SU website and search for freshers’ week dates.

Then you’ll be sure to have the correct ones! 

calendar for freshers week 2021

3. What Happens During Freshers Week?

Honestly, there are so many events you’ll find it difficult to keep up with Freshers Week.

Overall, there are a few things you defo need to attend during this popular week.

We’ve listed them below for you!

Night Outs

Freshers Week is renowned for hosting vibrant parties and nights out around town for students.

You’ll be inundated with posters, flyers and social media posts regarding different events you can attend.

It’s a fantastic way to blow off some steam and say goodbye to any feeling of nervousness! 

Get in touch with your course mates or flatmates, ‘cos you’ll probably find they’re itching to book tickets for these night outs too!

If we’re being honest, we’d suggest staying away from freshers week wristbands, and buying tickets separately for events, as chances are your plans will change.


Students Union

Freshers Week is a great time to familiarise yourself with your new campus and especially your student’s union (SU).

The SU will be your hub for any advice you need, accommodation help, money talks and tips on getting through your university life!

During this week, they will most likely organise events such as fairs, quizzes, and nights out and offer support and advice services.

It’s not a place to be scared of, they’re here to help so you have nothing to be afraid of!

If you’re interested in getting a job here, they usually offer a range of part-time jobs online, so make sure to head to your SU website and get cracking on your CV.



Are you interested in a specific hobby? If so, joining a society will be the best option for you!

During the Freshers Fair, you’ll get an introduction to all the societies on offer. It’s a great opportunity to chat with other students who have similar interests and see if you get along!

From here, you can write your name and number down on a list and they’ll get in touch with you to join their society. 

Most students, who’re part of a society, believe that their university experience wouldn’t have been the same without joining…so what’s stopping you?!


4. How Much Money Will I Need?

It’s hard to answer this next question, as it really depends what you plan to do during Freshers Week 2023.

You deffo don’t need tons of money to have a good freshers week, as they’ll be loads of get-togethers in your student accommodation!

Although, being frugal with your money during Freshers Week is kinda important, you don’t want to have to skimp through the rest of the year.

All we suggest is don’t go spending every penny of your student finance loan…we promise you’ll regret it. 

5. What Is Freshers Flu? Will I Get It?

Well well well, this is a topic which will have mixed opinions!

Freshers Flu is a British term used in student life to represent a battery of illnesses contracted by new students during the first few weeks

Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, severe headache and coughing. 

In terms of freshers flu, all you will need is to rest up, hydrate yourself and take either paracetamol or ibuprofen! 

Freshers flu occurs from overdoing going out and drinking a lot, as much as its temping to go out every night of the week, you’ll become burnt out.

You’ll have the whole year and the rest of the years at university to have a good time. So, make sure to look after yourself!

6. I’m Worried, Why Should I Get Involved In Freshers Week?

There’s nothing to be worried about, Freshers Week is ace! You’re guaranteed to have an excellent time no matter what you get up to.

If you’re living in shared student accommodation, it’s a fab way to spark conversation with your flatmates.

However, if you’re living in a studio apartment, this week can allow you to make friends outside of your accommodation so you won’t feel lonely!

Freshers Week allows you to explore your new uni city or town and meet new people. It’s a big part of your first month of uni, so don’t miss out because you’re feeling worried.

Your SU will be able to provide instant support and reassurance during this period, so for more information, defo ahead with them!

Whilst Freshers Week can be known as one big party, there’s for sure activities for people who don’t drink too.


Be sure to make the most of Freshers Week 2023 because it’s once in a lifetime experience and you’ll regret it if you don’t.

EEK so exciting and we’re so jealous of you getting to have the best social life ever!