Freshers 2018:

If you’re a business looking to get involved with our commercial Freshers Fair please email

If you’re a student, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer before we spill all our Freshers secrets, sorry!


Check out the schedule of events from last year:

Heading to University is one of the most exciting phases of your life, but can also seem a little daunting.

The events and activities organised during the welcome programme are designed to help you settle into Life at Leicester.

They provide an opportunity to meet new people, to get familiar with your new campus as well as finding out about all the support services available to you.

Welcome Marquee - 10am - 5pm

When? Monday 25th September

Where? Inside the big marquee outside the Students’ Union

Welcome Marquee (seating available to come sit, chat, eat, relax and enjoy some giant games! We also have a giant inflatable assault course on the Fielding Johnson lawn - give it a go!

Fabulous First Year Fair - 10am - 4pm

When? Tuesday 26th September

Where? Inside the big marquee outside the Students’ Union

Head to the Fabulous First Year Fair and take part in the activities and events lined up for you. Also, if you’ve downloaded the MyUoL app, you can also collect your free portable charger here!

Fresh Fair - 10am - 4pm

When? Thursday 28th & Friday 29th September

Where? Inside the big marquee outside the Students’ Union

Our Fresh Fair is so big; it's spread over two days! The extravaganza takes place in a marquee in the car park, where you can expect to see all of your favourite shops and brands giving out freebies and exclusive discounts.

In recent years, we’ve had brands including Nando’s, Spotify, Domino’s, Greggs, Virgin Media and Wagamama all attend our Fair. Head to the marquee outside the Students’ Union on the 28th & 29th September to get involved!

Sports and Societies Fair

When? Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September

Where? In and around the Students’ Union

Joining a sports club or society is a fantastic way of meeting new people with the same interests with you, or a brilliant opportunity to try something completely new.

There’s over 220 for you to choose from and you can find out more and sign-up by attending the Sports and Societies Fair across the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Welcome Week.

Volunteering Fair

When? Wednesday 27th September

Where? Inside the Students’ Union (Percy Gee building)

University is all about trying new things and the Volunteering Fair is the best place to discover new opportunities. Getting involved with volunteering is not only great for gaining skills and experience, but it can also stand out on your CV to employers.

Head to the Students’ Union on the 27th September to discover all the volunteering opportunities on offer within the University and local community.

UV Zumba - 7pm - 8pm

When? Tuesday 26th September 

Where? Queens Hall

Grab your glow sticks and throw on that active wear - UV Zumba is calling! This free, non-alcoholic event is a great way to get fit, get covered in glitter and have some fun with UV paint! 

Peer Mentoring events

The second week of the welcome programme will include a number of Peer Mentoring events, where you will get to meet with your mentor for the first time. More information will be announced soon, but in the meantime visit

Early Arrivals Week

Designed to welcome all students arriving in Leicester before 25th September 2017, Early Arrivals Week will take place from 18th-22nd September.

The University are organising introductory events including campus tours and a welcome dinner and you can get involved with events happening inside the Students’ Union too. Keep an eye on our website for more information coming soon.

Fresh Festival

Your social events for the year launches with Fresh Festival, a two-week extravaganza of events to welcome you to the social side of life at University. Rockstar Promotions run the official Students’ Union nights out and pull out all the stops to bring in the biggest acts to you during Fresh Festival and throughout the year.

Official Fresh Festival wristbands go on sale at midday on 17th August via