Before we even begin this article about the best Sheffield freshers events, there is a golden rule which almost all freshers ignore when it comes to buying tickets for freshers week: do not, I repeat, DO NOT, buy any sort of wristband. Your flatmates will all have different ones, so you’ll never end up using it, and the good nights out do not sell week-long tickets anyway – so just avoid at all costs.
That PSA aside, here are our top picks for the best events in Sheffield this freshers week.
1. University of Sheffield Student’s Union
Uni of’s freshers week begins with their most popular night on Saturday the 18th of September, Pop Tarts. A night full of ‘non-stop retro pop’, you’ll feel like you’re back at the school disco in the best way. Next up, they are hosting a Fresher’s Festival with multiple rooms, a silent disco, ball pits, karaoke and more. On Wednesday, catch the Roar Animal Party with your newfound sports team or join the Big Fresher’s Icebreaker on Friday with flatmates.
A night out at the SU is always a reliable night out for bangers and cheap(ish) drinks, so if you’re nervous about where to go, grab tickets on the SU website.
Hallam’s namesake night out is back for another year on Wednesday the 22nd of September, with three floors of music to choose from. From cheesy anthems to hip-hop to dance music, there’s something for all tastes and you can get tickets on the Organised Chaos website.
3. The Leadmill
The iconic gig venue is a favourite with students for its variety of nights from 2011 themed club nights, Indie Sonic Saturdays, Silent Discos, ABBA parties and Club Tropicana, an 80s themed night. Their freshers week lineup runs from the 18th of September to the 3rd of October and is hosting all of the events mentioned. If you need to satisfy the clash of music tastes in your new flat, try the Leadmill.
Tickets are available on the Leadmill website.
4. Sheffield Student Festival
Tickets for this unique event are almost sold out but worth grabbing. From 2 pm-10 pm on Saturday the 25th of September, enjoy three different stages from three popular Sheffield venues to really get a taste of Sheffield nightlife. CODE: takes the main stage bringing tunes reminiscent of its Wonderland and Student Saturdays club nights. Meanwhile, Tank, a popular house, techno and dance club, hosts the second stage with their SuNKen resident DJs. Finally, Molly Malone’s Irish Tavern takes the third stage to showcase live bands.
Grab your tickets here.
5. SuNken Opening Party
If you’re a fan of house, techno or dance music, Tank is the club for you. Right next to the Sheffield Hallam Campus, it’s a must for Hallam students. This student night has guest DJs, and a great vibe, proven by the fact tickets have already sold out. But if you love Tank’s music, you can still get a season pass here: organisedchaosevents.co.uk/sunken.
6. Freshers Street Rave
This is a unique event never before seen in Sheffield. For the night on the 19th of September, Carver Street will be closed off for 5 arenas of music across 4 venues in the heart of the city. Sheffield’s biggest resident DJs, street food vendors will be there amongst live performances and entertainment. Tickets are only £5, so buy online here.
7. West Street Crawl
Although this isn’t an event you can buy tickets for, it’s a great way to get to know Sheffield nightlife. Do a bar crawl down West Street and visit student favourites such as West Street Live, Tiger Works and Molly Malones to find your favourite venues.
Freshers week can be nerve-wracking, scary but also loads of fun, and we hope you have a great time with our recommendations.