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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.