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Freshers’ Fest 2019

Brought to you by your Guild, Freshers’ Fest is your chance to get to know the beating heart of Birmingham and become part of its world class night scene! This is the only official University of Birmingham Freshers' package, featuring some of your new city’s most popular venues, amazing special guests and unforgettable nights of music, visuals and people.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets and get ready to kick off your adventure with a fortnight packed full of incredible Freshers parties.


Getting Your Tickets

Please collect your tickets on day of arrival from the Debating Hall within the Guild of Students

Remember to read our Terms & Conditions of purchase and safety recommendations for these events

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
  • Ticketed entry to evening events is only valid until the time stated on your ticket. Entry cannot be guaranteed after this time, and a surcharge may be payable for late entry.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and are not transferable between events
  • Tickets 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 we’re here to help make sure that Freshers’ Fest goes smoothly for you.

Catch the Guild staff 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. 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.
  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!
  • For more information on safe drinking, please visit drinkaware.co.uk
  • 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.