Welcome to Swansea; welcome to your new best friends, unpredictable weather and a city that is unarguably unique.

FreshFest 2017 #SUF17

Welcome to Swansea; welcome to your new best friends, unpredictable weather and a city that is unarguably unique.

Most of all, welcome to Swansea University Students’ Union.

Since 1920, we have been representing all Swansea University students. We’re here to help you enjoy every bit of University life.

Welcome to FreshFest 2017

 

Freshfest is 2 weeks of events to help you get off to the best start in University for the year.

We want all Swansea University students to get involved with FreshFest, whether you're a home students, mature student or an international student – our events are for everyone!

From our 3000-capacity marquee nights to our trips to the stunning Gower; FreshFest will always be the best two weeks of Uni life.

Packages

Our Freshers packages sell out every year, so make sure you buy yours before you arrive! There are 3 packages to choose from.

Freshers Wristband

All FreshFest Events

The ‘MUST HAVE’ accessory. The Freshers’ Wristband is your ticket to all freshers events. From arrivals weekend, all the way through to the incredible fireworks finalé. With this wristband, your entry to all of our freshers events is free!

£60 excluding fees
Save ~£30 by buying the FreshFest Freshers Wristband, instead of purchasing individual tickets for each event. Please note that the availability of individual event tickets cannot be guaranteed.

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Priority Wristband

FreshFest & More

The Priority Wristband gives you entry to all our Freshers events as well as the huge Varsity and the Summer Ball. It will also get you priority access to book tickets for Union events – before anyone else can, as well as exclusive access to promotions and giveaways. Don't forget to claim your Varsity and Summer Ball tickets when they go on general sale!

£125 excluding fees
Save ~£32 by buying the FreshFest Priority Wristband, instead of purchasing individual tickets for each event that the Priority Wristband includes.

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Platinum Wristband

All of Our Events

With platinum you'll get Freshers' Fortnight, Halloween, Snow Ball, AniBall, Refreshers, Easter Ball, Varsity, Summer Ball, and FREE entry to ALL of our weekly events: Hustle | GWA Wednesdays | Sin Savers | Tooters. There are only 200 Platinum Packages available and with so much included – you'll need to make sure you get yours early!

£200 excluding fees
Save ~£440 by buying the FreshFest Platinum Wristband, instead of purchasing individual tickets for each Freshers event, and each event throughout the year that this package includes.

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FreshFest Sells Out Every Year!
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Full terms and conditions are available at the point of sale

This year you can upgrade your package to include your term time bus pass. With the late night bus service running 24/7 you're guaranteed to save money on taxis.

When you arrive, pick up your package at the Arrivals Fayre – just show us your confirmation email.
You do not need to print out your email; you may show it to us on a device.

Events

Our Events department put on the biggest and best events in Swansea.

Whether it's a weekly sessions of Pub Quiz and Open Mic, or one of our landmark events like the Summer Ball or Varsity, our events department provide you with the best experiences of your University life.

This year's Freshers events include

Friday 22 September

Tooters

Saturday 23 September

VK Colour Riot

Sunday 24 September

Fresh & Free (Freshers Only)

Monday 25 September

Freshers’ Fayre — Bay Campus

Monday 25 September

Skool Disco

Tuesday 26 September

Freshers’ Fayre — Park Campus (Day 1)

Tuesday 26 September

Open Mic Night

Tuesday 26 September

Hustle

Wednesday 27 September

Freshers’ Fayre — Park Campus (Day 2)

Wednesday 27 September

Welcome To Wind Street

Thursday 28 September

Gower Trip

Thursday 28 September

Comedy Showcase

Thursday 28 September

Sin Savers

Friday 29 September

Freshers’ Ball — Featuring Special Guests

Friday 29 September

Tooters — The Freshers’ Ball After-party

Sunday 1 October

Oktoberfresh

Sunday 1 October

Silent Disco

Monday 2 October

Freshbook

Tuesday 3 October

Open Mic Night

Tuesday 3 October

Hustle

Thursday 5 October

Trampolining

Thursday 5 October

Sin Savers

Friday 6 October

IKEA Trip

Friday 6 October

Tooters

Saturday 7 October

Reverb Rock Night

Sunday 8 October

Freshers Fireworks Finalé
  • 22.09.2017. Tooters
  • 23.09.2017. VK Colour Riot
  • 24.09.2017. Fresh & Free
  • 25.09.2017. Bay Campus Freshers Fayre
  • 25.09.2017. Skool Disco
  • 26.09.2017. Singleton Campus Freshers Fayre
  • 26.09.2017. Hustle
  • 27.09.2017. Singleton Campus Freshers Fayre (Day 2)
  • 27.09.2017. Welcome to Wind Street
  • 28.09.2017. Sin Savers
  • 29.09.2017. Freshers Ball
  • 29.09.2017. Tooters - The Freshers Ball After-party
  • 30.09.2017. Rockfest
  • 01.10.2017. Oktoberfresh
  • 01.10.2017. Silent Disco
  • 02.10.2017. Freshbook
  • 03.10.2017. Hustle
  • 04.10.2017. Back to the 00’s
  • 05.10.2017. Sin Savers
  • 06.10.2017. Tooters
  • 08.10.2017. Freshers Fireworks Finale

...plus Gower trips, IKEA trip, Open Mics, Tooters, Pub Quizzes and loads more to be announced including secret events, and pop-ups!

Our Freshers’ also gets you

  • Fancy Dress
  • Free T-Shirts
  • £££’s of savings in our first ever Freshers’ discount book
  • Access to 130 student societies
  • Access to 60 sports clubs
  • Students’ Union Lanyard
  • Tons & tons of freebies!

Elected Officers

5 Full-Time Officers have been elected to represent the student body.

You may discover more about them by following this link to the main Students’ Union website:
swansea-union.co.uk/voice/officers.

Parents

So your pride and joy is about to make their next big step in life and go to University, what do you do now? Look no further! In this section, we’ve put together some top tips and useful info to help you get some peace of mind.

Packages

We sell Freshers packages to make life a bit easier for incoming students. Once they've purchased one of our packages they then get access to all of our events – both day time and evening.

There are three tiers of packages, the first is the Freshers wristband which simply covers students for all events over the first fortnight of term.

The second package is the Priority Wristband which gives students access to priority tickets and covers them for the Welsh Varsity event and our Summer Ball – the two most popular events of the year.

The final package is the Platinum Wristband which gives students access to all of the Priority events plus all our events all year round including Sink, Tooters and Sin Savers.

Freshers packages sell out every year. Tickets can be picked up by students in the Arrivals Marquee or the Great Hall – just look for the Students' Union stand.

Welfare

The Students' Union’s Advice and Support Centre offers free advice and support to all Swansea University students. They cover a wide range of issues including; money, academic, housing, legal, and personal problems. Email: Advice@Swansea-union.co.uk Tel: 01792 29 5821

Every year, students elect 5 officers to represent them on a full-time basis whose role is to help students have a great time at University. We encourage students to chat to the officers whenever they are dissatisfied with anything at University or if they have an idea of how things could be better. Their contact information can be found at www.swansea-union.co.uk/about/contacts.

Money Saving

Encourage your daughter/son to make contact with their future housemates via the halls of residence Facebook groups. This way students will be able to plan who brings what for the flat and therefore buy less.

The bus service now runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week, students will save lots of money on taxis by making the initial investments for a bus pass at the start of term.

The NUS Extra card gives students year-round discounts at over 150 brands. They can be purchased at the SU stand during the arrivals weekend and Freshers’ Fayre, or at the SU Reception at any other time.

Checklist

  • Make sure you buy your Freshers’ wristband & collect it during arrivals from the SU stands on Singleton and Bay Campus
  • Get your Bus Pass and NUS Extra Card from the Travel Shop
  • Make sure you’re enrolled!
  • Visit the beach at least once in your first week
  • Go to JC’s or 52 degrees and order your first drink as a Student in your Students' Union bar.
  • Go to the Freshers’ Fayre and sign up to a sports team or society.
  • Pick up your Swansea University branded hoodie from Fulton Outfitters in Fulton House or the Fulton Outpost in the Bay SU.
  • Apply to work at the BEST student employer in Swansea - studentswansea.co.uk
  • Keep up to date with us by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram!
  • Get to know who your elected officers are
  • Make sure you have your Fresh & Free and Freshbook t-shirts
  • Experience your first Tooters, so that you have your very own ‘this one time at Tooters’ story
  • Experience ‘real’ Swansea life and hit up Sin Savers & Wind Street Wednesday
  • Watch our video to find out what your Union can do for you: youtu.be/zJL0c6hPDDs.

Contact Us

Your Union is here to help! Get in touch:

If there’s anything that we can do to help you, then please get in touch with us.

General Enquiries

Telephone: +44(0)1792 60 4642
Email: info@swansea-union.co.uk
Facebook Messenger: Click here

Events Enquiries

Telephone: +44(0)1792 60 6715
Email: events@swansea-union.co.uk