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freshers week

Freshers, welcome, arrivals, whatever you want to call it, is our yearly celebration of new and returning students at Bristol. Each year we run a full week of events, activities and mingles to help you get to know your neighbours, coursemates and the city itself!

what's on?

Last year we ran around 150 events as part of Welcome Week and this year is looking to be no different with a smorgasbord of club nights, taster sessions, giveaways and more!


Join the official Bristol University freshers group and we’ll give you updates on everything that’s going on over the week.

your official wristband

If you’re going to be living in halls you can guarantee your entry to all of the week’s biggest events by buying a wristband today. You’ll even save around 20% on the full official club night programme.


We’ll be transforming the cities favourite clubs to give you the welcome to Bristol that you deserve!

More than nightclubs

Don’t want to be pressured to drink? Night clubs aren’t really your scene? Maybe you’re just looking to try something new when you arrive at Bristol? We’ve got some events for you!


Join the official Bristol University freshers group and we’ll give you updates on everything that’s going on over the week.

What do you need to know before you arrive?

Frequently asked questions

From pots and pans to the family dog; deciding what you should bring with you to uni can be a tough task. In fact, it’s one of the questions we get asked most by new students!


We’ve put together a selection of the questions that we get asked every year, as well as some sage advice from students who’ve been where you are now!

key dates

Making sure you’ve got everything sorted before you move is a good way to make the transition to Bristol as smooth as possible.


We’ve put together all of the key dates that you’ll want to be aware of, as well as some useful links and contacts to check out if you run into any issues.

What is a students' union?

When you accept your offer to study at Bristol you automatically become a member of Bristol Students’ Union, “what’s a Students’ Union” you ask?


We’re a charity led by elected students that represents you while you study at Bristol. We represent your interests on your course, in your accommodation and in your wellbeing locally and at a national level.


Our mission is to create the best student life, and these are some of the ways that we do it:

standing up for you

Bristol SU is a union of students, for students. 


Twice a year we run elections where you choose the 600 strong team of reps who represent you on issues around your course, your wellbeing and your experience at university. 


Over the years our reps have done incredible things and left a legacy for the students of the future.


If there’s something at University you think could be done better our reps have your back.


Clubs & societies

Bristol is home to around 400 sports clubs and societies – one of the highest numbers of any SU in the country. This means that no matter where your interests lie we’ve probably got a club for it.


From cheese tasting to skydiving there’s something for everyone – and if you can’t find a group we’ll help you start one. All you need is a great idea and 30 people who share your passion. Build it, and they will come.


In your first week at Bristol don’t miss the Welcome Fair for your chance to meet our societies.

your social hub

With a gig venue, multiple theatres and bars hosted within the Students’ Union building we’re more than just a representative body!


The Balloon Bar is your go to source of great value food and drink, as well as evening entertainment.


The Anson Room is one of Bristol’s best loved venues and has played host to an impressive roster of acts in its 50 year history. Including David Bowie, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran.


Click below to see everything we offer.

get in touch

If you’ve got any questions before you arrive then we’ve got the answers. Failing that we’ll know someone else that does. Make sure you join the official University of Bristol Freshers group on Facebook and follow our Instagram to get a preview of what to expect when you arrive as well as access to exclusive competitions! See you soon!