When do events start?
This year's Freshers events start on Sunday 9th September. We will have daytime, evening and night events taking place every day from the 9th through until Saturday 23rd.
Why is Freshers longer this year?
This year we are running Freshers events for two weeks. This is because the University accommodation sites open on Saturday 9th, and we will see a large number of students move into their student flats on this date. We want to make sure that you receive a great RGU Freshers welcome experience whenever you arrive during this period, and therefore have decided to extend our Freshers events and activities until Saturday 23rd. We’ve got loads planned, and will make sure that you never have a dull moment during Freshers 2017!
Do I need to be 18 to take part in Freshers?
No! Our Freshers events take place in a number of different venues throughout the city. Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions in place at some of these venues, certain events in our line-up have been labeled as 18+, and you will be required to show ID when entering in order to prove your age. However, we have made every effort to ensure that as many events as possible are open to all ages. Just look for the green ‘All Ages’ tick next to an event on our listings. A full list of events which are open to all ages will be available to view in the coming days.
Do I need to buy tickets for Freshers events?
We know that moving away from home and coming to uni can be an expensive time, so we have tried to make sure that we have as many free events as possible on our line-up, including live music events, city tours, icebreakers, and our annual Freshers Free Film Festival taking place at Vue Cinema.
Events taking place in our affiliated nightclub venues (The Garage, Unit 51 and The Institute) will have door charges assigned to them, however you can get entry to all of these events by buying an RGU Freshers wristband for only £30. This will save you around £90 on the standard nightclub entry charges throughout the duration of Freshers.
How do I buy a wristband?
You can buy your Freshers wristband through this website. Follow these instructions:
1) Click the login button at the top of the page. If you are a fresher, create a new account. If you are in second year or above, click the ’student login’ button and use your RGU details.
2) Buy your wristband/wristband package
3) Collect your band during Freshers.
For more information about wristbands, and for a list of collection dates/time https://www.rguunion.co.uk/freshers/faq/
Do I need to have ID?
If you are attending an 18+ event, then you will need to show some kind of photo ID to prove your age. You will also need to show ID when you collect your Freshers wristband.
Can I still go to the FreshFest 2017 event at the Beach Ballroom, if I am not old enough to buy a Freshers wristband?
Yes! FreshFest 2017 is one of our all ages events, which means that you don't have to be 18 in order to attend. If you are over 18 and have already bought a Freshers wristband, you will get free entry to the event, just show your wristband on the door. There will be bars open on the night, you will need to show ID to be served alcohol. If you are under 18, you can buy a FreshFest Wristband through this website, they cost £5.
If you still have any questions regarding Freshers 2017 wristbands, email firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the Facebook group