As you’d expect from such a big place, Birmingham knows how to have a good time, and you’re about the join the party!
Here is your guide to the best of Freshers’ 2016 across the universities: from amazing nights out, to movie marathons, to chilled-out day-trips. Freshers’ is about much more than just getting drunk, even though you can do that too if you like…
The University of Birmingham
Freshers: If you’re a UoB fresher and you fancy the nights out, you can bag yourself a Freshers’ Fest wristband for nights out between 18th-30th September. They go on sale here from 25th August and give you access to all the Guild of Students (the students’ union) nights out, as well as clubbing across the city, including the legendary Snobs nightclub.
The wristband prices range from £55-70, and you can buy tickets to Freshers’ Bash featuring Sigma separately for £20, which is also included in the pricier ticket.
Useful tip: What tends to happen at UoB is that people will sell individual tickets for the nights out that they don’t fancy going to from the wristband package. So if you don’t want to commit yourself to a full wristband, you will be able to buy and sell on individual nights out later on. Even though you might fancy yourself as hard-core, most people end up skipping at least one night out in the week to catch up on vitamins and sleep!
Refreshers: Freshers’ week is not just for first years! Second and third years can grab their tickets for Refreshers now. It runs six nights out between 17th-23rd September and includes Fab, new club PRYZM, Stupid Tuesday (at Players), Vodbull (at the Guild) and Propaganda (O2). Tickets are only £15, so bag them while you can!
If clubbing isn’t your thing, or you just need a break from freshers’ madness, there are plenty of things worth doing at UoB while your liver recovers. There are too many to list in detail here, but they range from trips out into the city, pub quizzes, pizza nights, a Toy Story movie marathon and much more! Check out the full lists here, and here. Make sure you head down to Societies’ Fair on 22-23rd September in the Guild too.
Birmingham City University
Due to its central campuses, BCU is very much kitted out for incredible nightlife. The VIP wristband is significantly cheaper than UoB’s, at only £45 plus £1 booking fee, giving you access to huge nights across the city between 17th-26th September with 7 (!) headliners including Big Narstie and MistaJam. A brand new night this year for BCU is the ‘La Hora Loca’ masquerade night at Nightingale on 20th September, which brings Mardi Gras and Brazilian carnival together, featuring stilt walkers, fire breathers, magicians, face painters and burlesque.
Similarly to UoB, BCU offers a range of daytime activities for freshers and returning students alongside the nights out. Make sure you head over to the Welcome Fair on 21st September, where you can sign up for societies, grab some freebies, and even chill out in the new Mindfulness Zone.
Although a substantially smaller university than UoB and BCU, Aston students can party with the best of them! Get yourself an Aston wristband here for only £40, for access to the best-loved ‘Skint’ night at the Students’ Union, where drinks start from £1, as well as loads of other great nights across Brum. ‘Skint’ is the one night you’ll definitely meet students from other years, not just freshers, which can be a nice change from the rest of Welcome Week!
Aston haven’t released their information about daytime events as of yet, but their Aston Welcome week takes place between 17th-25th September for all new students. They will be releasing these via the MyAston app soon, and also here, so watch this space!
So there you have it, Birmingham is packed full of amazing events for you to enjoy, whether you’re a fresher or a returning student. Why not come and see for yourself?