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Freshers’ Fest 2016

Brought to you by your Guild, Freshers’ Fest is the best way to explore some of your new city’s biggest nights out during your first weeks in Birmingham. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your wristband, strap in and let’s get ready to kick off your adventure with a fortnight packed full of amazing events, incredible new people and big name performances!

wristbands ON SALE FROM 25/08/16

Getting your Wristband:

We’ve worked really hard to make sure that Freshers’ Fest ’16 is great value for money. Shape your night-time adventure by choosing one of three ticket packages…

Freshers Fest 2016 - Standard Package Option Image

what's included

This standard package includes entry to seven of the best freshers' club nights including;

  • Skool Disco Fancy Dress @ Guild of Students
  • Snobs Nightclub
  • Nightingales Nightclub
  • Block Party: Battle of the Halls – inc. entry to 3 venues (Players, Pop-World & 6 on Broad Street) and FREE halls t-shirt!
  • PRZYM - Birmingham’s newest nightclub does Freshers!
  • SIGALA live! @ O2 Academy
  • Emergency Services Fancy Dress @ Guild of Students

Buy your Freshers Fest 2016 Ticket here - £55

Please bring your own fancy dress for the HUGE theme parties

Freshers Fest 2016 - Freshers Fest Plus Ticket Option Image

what's included

This is the ALL-INCLUSIVE ultimate Freshers' Experience including;

  • Everything in the Freshers’ Fest Package...


  • The Guild of Students Presents: The Circus Party – think big tops and acrobatics, for our fancy dress spectacular
  • Freshers’ Finale: Animal Kingdom - let out your wild side in your best fancy dress!


Big Freshers' Bash ft. SIGMA! It’s the big one. See the Guild transformed for one night only for our ultimate Freshers’ blow out - including live performances from SIGMA, specialist cocktail bars, silent disco and MORE!

Buy your Freshers Fest Plus 2016 Ticket here - £70

UoB Big Freshers Bash featuring Sigma icon

what's included

Big Freshers' Bash ft. SIGMA!

It’s the big one. See the Guild transformed for one night only for our ultimate Freshers’ blow out - including live performances from SIGMA, specialist cocktail bars, silent disco and more!

Don't forget to dress to impress!

Buy your Freshers Ball 2016 Ticket here - £30

I’m having trouble logging in to the Guild website – what should I do?

  1. Make sure you are registered as a student with the University
  2. Go to my.bham, log in using your University details then click on the ‘Guild of Students’ logo in ‘Top Picks’. This sends you back to our website logged in
  3. Go back to the Freshers’ ticket pages and buy your wristband!

Key bit of advice....

Make sure your “billing address” matches the one held by your bank, to avoid problems with your purchase.

I don’t know where I’ll be living – what shall I use as my billing address?

You need to make sure that your billing address matches the address held by your bank to avoid problems with your purchase. It’s likely to be your current home address, but it might be worth checking what’s registered to your account with your bank.

I’m an international student and I don’t have a UK address or postcode – what should I do?

No problem – just enter your home address and then use “0000” in place of a postcode!

What is your refund policy?

wristbands are non-refundable and non-transferable. You can read our full terms & conditions here.

I’ve not received a purchase confirmation email – what should I do?

Sometimes emails get stuck in a spam filter! If you log into your account on the website and head to the “My Guild” page, your wristband should be listed in your transaction history. You can always print-screen this image and print it out as a confirmation!

I’ve seen wristbands for other “Freshers” events in Birmingham – should I buy them?

Freshers’ Fest ’16 is the only official University of Birmingham event and is the only Freshers’ package run by the Guild of Students. We’re your students’ union and that means that the proceeds from all of the wristbands you buy are used towards providing you with a whole host of amazing services, events and activities – including student groups, jobs and our Advice Centre – Guild Advice.

Beware of other Facebook groups for Birmingham Freshers’ (particularly event pages purporting to be run by students/ex-students, individual profiles or pages/groups claiming to be "official") - these are created by external companies to market products and events completely unaffiliated with the University, and their creators may have never been students at Birmingham! While we encourage students to make the most of their time here by attending a range of events, we advise Freshers’ to be wary of some of the more underhand tactics employed by certain promoters!

How do I get my wristband?

Your Freshers’ wristband will be available to collect from your hall of residence when you arrive in Birmingham.

Can someone else collect my wristband for me?

No, unfortunately not! Ticket purchasers ONLY can collect wristbands.

How do I change my hall of residence?

You can change your hall of residence by logging in to the Guild website (see top point of FAQ’s). Then head to "My Guild", select “Edit Profile” and select your accommodation from the list provided.

I don't know what halls of residence I am in yet – what should I do?

Just select "I do not know yet" from the hall dropdown list on your My Guild page. You will need to make sure you update your hall before Welcome Week starts. This can be done by following the steps above.

I am living at home or in private housing - which hall do I select?

When registering during the checkout process, simply select ‘Off Campus’.

I am not staying in a hall of residence. How do I get my Freshers’ Fest wristband?

If you’re not living in halls, you’ll be able to pick up for your Freshers’ Fest wristband from the Guild of Students. We’re building O1 on the campus map! We’ll be open for collections between 12:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday 17th September, and daily thereafter!

The website says that the online store has sold out. Can I still get wristbands?

It may be possible to buy wristbands on arrival at Birmingham - however these wristbands will be strictly limited. To ensure you get a wristband, we strongly recommend that you buy online in good time before Welcome Week starts. Remember, it’s first-come, first-served!

Can you reserve me a wristband?

It is not possible to reserve wristbands - wristbands are for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s only fair!

Freshers’ Fest is subject to the following terms and conditions:


  • Photographic proof of age (driving license or passport) and Student ID (when obtained from a University) are required for entry to all evening events. Over 18s only. NO ID, NO ENTRY!
  • The right to refuse entry is reserved at all times
  • Strictly No Entry after 11:30pm
  • wristbands are non-refundable and are not transferable between events
  • wristbands are valid for first year students only – students in other years can purchase Refreshers’ Fest Tickets.
  • Our normal venue entry policy applies
  • Errors and omissions accepted (E&OE)

Welcome Week should be one of the best times of your life and – with of our Chill Out Crew – we’re here to help make sure that Freshers’ Fest goes smoothly for you. Catch the Chill Out Crew at all of our evening events. They’ll be out and about ensuring that you have the best possible time on your night out.

If you need a bit of a helping hand keeping it safe, need to get yourself some water or just need a time out, they can help! They’ll also be able to point you in the direction of the nearest taxi rank when it’s time to call it a night.

As Birmingham will be a new city to most of you, here are our handy tips to staying safe and enjoying Freshers’ Fest:

  1. Never leave a club and travel home alone. Birmingham is a big city and it is highly advisable to travel home in groups of at least three or four. Your Freshers’ Fest wristband will allow you to identify people from your halls to share a cab. It should only cost between £1.50 - £2.50 each for four people.
  2. When leaving a club, only ever use a black cab - unless you have pre-booked a private cab. Whilst private cars are great when booked in advance, you may not be insured if you flag one down on the street. Either call or book in advance. The Guild recommends the use of a black cab at all times (TOA Taxis are on 0121 427 8888) or that you pre-book using Castle Cars (0121 472 2222)
  3. DO NOT walk home on your own from a club, however bad the urge to save a few quid on the taxi. It is easy to get lost and some parts of the city are not safe to walk around at night. Always take a cab.
  4. NEVER get into an unmarked car or unregistered taxi. This can be highly dangerous and potentially costly. All registered taxis display a license. Make sure your cab is legitimate!
  5. Look out for your friends and make sure they look out for you! As responsible event organisers, it is also our duty to promote safe drinking. Take a look at our guidelines to make sure you have a safe AND enjoyable time
  • Always drink in moderation - and don’t binge!
  • Always alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks to give yourself a break.
  • Never leave a drink unattended and never drink from a drink which has been left unattended.
  • If your drink looks or tastes suspect, do not drink it.
  • Do not accept a drink offered by a stranger.
  • When drinking from a bottle, cover the top with your thumb when it is away from your mouth.
  • Do not mix alcohol with prescription or other drugs. • Always eat before you go out.
  • For more information on safe drinking, please visit drinkaware.co.uk