Entering university is an amazing time filled with new experiences, challenges, and adventures. But one of the best ways to get acquainted with uni life is through Freshers’ Week. And that means going to as many parties and clubs as you can handle. If you’ve heard about ‘freshers’ wristbands’ and aren’t sure whether you need one, then we’re here to help you out. Find out more about what they are, how to get them and the best ways to use them.

What is Freshers’ Week?

what are freshers' wristbands used for

Before diving into the specifics of Freshers’ wristbands, it’s essential to understand the backdrop: Freshers’ Week. It’s the inaugural week at university for first-year students – or ‘freshers’. This week is all about orienting new students, getting to know your campus, meeting fellow students, and of course, participating in a plethora of events and parties. Find out more about what happens at Fresher’s Week here.

What are freshers’ wristbands?

what are freshers' wristbands

Freshers’ wristbands, often vibrant and distinctively designed, are akin to golden tickets during your introductory week at university. They sort of resemble the wristbands you might receive at a festival or concert, giving you access or discounted entry to certain club nights and freshers’ events. Some universities offer different wristband packages. For instance, a ‘Gold’ package might grant access to premium events or offer additional discounts. Make sure to research the options available and choose one that fits your plans and budget.

Not only do these wristbands provide access to a curated list of events for new students, but they’re also symbolic. Wearing one instantly identifies you as a ‘fresher’.

Should I get a freshers’ wristband?

Should I get a freshers' wristband
Source: Lincoln Student Union

Having a wristband can save you both time and money. Instead of paying entry fees at each event or standing in long queues, flash your wristband, and you’re good to go. Plus, the wristband acts as an easy identifier, helping fellow freshers recognise each other and strike up conversations. Here are some other benefits of having a freshers’ wristband:

Hassle-Free Night Out

No one wants to dress up, engage in a lively pre-drink session, only to find out at the club’s entrance that their ticket was left behind. With a wristband, your ticket is always with you, literally on your wrist.

Swift Entry to Events

Even when you have your ticket, you might find yourself in a long queue with other freshers. A wristband is your fast pass. It ensures quick access to every event, letting you get to the bar before it’s overcrowded and ensuring you don’t have to fumble for tickets.

A Keepsake of Your First Fresher’s Week

A wristband is not just an access tool, but a memento. A gentle reminder of your initiation into university life. It’ll fit perfectly next to your Reading and Leeds fest band on your board.

How to get a wristband

How to get a freshers' wristband

Most universities and student unions sell these wristbands, often via their websites or on-campus during move-in days. Remember, there’s often a limited quantity, so it’s a good idea to purchase one early.

You can also check websites like Fatsoma or Fixr that have the events you can get into using your wristbands (and usually links to buy them).

Making the most of your freshers’ wristband

With so many events on offer, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go. Take a look at the event schedule, circle your top picks, and make a plan.While Freshers’ Week is about having fun, remember to look after yourself and your mates too.

The wristband is also an excellent opportunity to try something new. Attend an event you wouldn’t usually consider – who knows, you might discover a new passion or hobby!