If you’re looking at the Bristol universities, you may want to check out the variety of freshers events in Bristol. Of course, there’s a lot to go through so be sure your tickets are not scams. Going through the official SU sites of both universities will be your most reliable option. The University of Bristol’s full schedule is due later this week, and can be found here. UWE’s students union and event page is here.

Welcome – The University of Bristol

The Best Freshers Events in Bristol 2022
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The University of Bristol SU will be releasing their page for Fresher’s next week. It will have all the major events ran by the university, and you’ll be able to find details for different society events too. It’s definitely worth checking out. 

UoB freshers fair usually take place on the Downs, and lasts several days but further details for this year are yet to be released. Do keep up to date though, as it will also be an opportunity to grab some exclusive discounts and freebies! 

Welcome  – University of West England

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UWE already has many events lined up, so be sure to check them out. Their freshers fair will take place on the 27th and 28th of September, over at the Frenchay Campus.

Freshers’ Fairs are not to be missed, as they’re usually the perfect whirlwind guide to all the societies the universities have to offer. There are also plenty of freebies and discounts to get your hands on!

Societies will typically hold free or discounted tasters, so be sure to sign up to their events to get a sense of what you enjoy! It will be a great way of meeting new people, and exploring different interests. 

White T Shirt Party – 16th September

Usually one of the biggest events at UWE, the white T Shirt party is a sure way of having a night out of fun and meeting new friends. This event will be included in the official UWE freshers wristband, so be sure to make the most of it!


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Although UoB is yet to release an official line up of freshers events, there are plenty of popular clubs around the area that are sure to host certain events. Be sure to check out their pages closer to the time, and in the meantime, here are a few of the most popular spots. 

Shameless Y2K Bangers – Freshers Special – 22nd September, Thelka

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Thekla is a staple in Bristol’s nightclub scene, and for good reason because what better way is there to party than with old-school 2000s hits? This particular event is one of many you could go to at Thelka. bIt will be included in the UWE fresher wristband, however will not just be limited to their students. Thekla’s regular Saturday Pop Confessionals are also a must go!

Saturday Sesh – every Saturday, OMG


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OMG clubs are specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as allies. Currently they are holding a regular Saturday Sesh, starting at 2 pm well into the night. It’s perfect for rocking up at any time and enjoying what is on. Keep up to date with their Instagram page as well, as they release many of their events there!

F*CK ME It’s Freshers – 17th September, Gravity

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Into its 11th year, this is one of the best freshers events in Bristol 2023! It has a bit of everything, from neon glow sticks to LED batons to UV paint. So basically one huge rave. There’s also games, performers and just everything you could want from a massive blow out party before uni starts.

The Big Freshers Icebreaker – 18th September, Motion

The Big Freshers Icebreaker - 18th September, Motion
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Another huge freshers event in Bristol that promises to be the best is the The Big Freshers Icebreaker. It’s actually more of a tradition, or rite of passage. But like many others, it involves a whole lot of music, dancing, games, partying and cheap drink deals.

There’s also the social wristband challenge, where your wristband that comes with the ticket will have a list of social challenges you need to complete with your new flatmates.

If you’re nervous about Freshers, check out our list of ten things to avoid. 

Last Updated on June 10, 2024