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Freshers' Festival is a week you'll never forget - moving away from home, making friends for life and throwing yourself into new experiences. At the Students' Union we want to give you the best possible welcome to university life, so each year we create a programme of exciting events to ensure you have just that. Have a browse of the full line-up below, then make sure to check out our wristbands page - we've got three packages that will guarantee your entry to our headline events + give you lots of extra perks.

Individual event tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 13 September.


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New Zealand v South Africa
21st September
The Packhorse
Tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast as we bring you live Rugby World Cup action at The Packhorse.
Free | Sports | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
Welcome BBQ
21st September
The Packhorse
It's time to get all up in our grill as The Packhorse host a BBQ to welcome all the new and returning students!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
Freshers' Party
21st September
Students' Union
We hope you're all unpacked and ready to inaugurate the SU, because it's time to get your new flatmates and come down to Freshers' Party!
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Returners' Party
21st September
Medicine
Tonight is all about celebrating our favourite returners. It's been a quiet few months without you all, and we're so excited that you're back!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Poster Sale
22nd September
Union Tent
Fill your new pads with fun new and classic designs from our friends at Uni Poster Sales.
Alcohol-free | Day | Free | Freshers
England v Tonga
22nd September
The Packhorse
Tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast at The Packhorse as England kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign.
Free | Sports | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
Big Fat Pub Quiz
22nd September
The Packhorse
It's time to show your general knowledge skills, because it's quiz night! If you're looking to have a laugh, this is the night for you.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Foam Party
22nd September
Students' Union
The holidays might be over, but that doesn't mean we can't bring summer back to the SU for a Freshers' Festival classic!
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Toga Party
22nd September
Medicine
Calling all ancient Rome citizens! It's time to put on your fancy togas and come to Medicine to celebrate the end of Welcome Weekend!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Plant Sale
23rd September
Union Plaza
Bag yourself a leafy best friend at the houseplant sale outside the Students' Union.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day
Poster Sale
23rd September
Union Tent
Fill your new pads with fun new and classic designs from our friends at Uni Poster Sales.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day
Wales v Georgia
23rd September
The Packhorse
Tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast as we bring you live Rugby World Cup action at The Packhorse.
Sports | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
Freshers' Fair - Day One
23rd September
Sports Centre
It's day one of the Freshers' Fair. Come along and meet all your clubs, societies and media outlets and grab plenty of freebies!
Alcohol-free | Societies | Sports | Media Outlets | Freshers | Day
Sunset Session
23rd September
The Packhorse
Gone a bit too hard over Welcome Weekend? Recharge your batteries with chilled out Ibiza anthems at The Packhorse.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Music and Film | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Poker Night
23rd September
The Packhorse
The Packhorse will have a dedicated area upstairs for an entire night of poker! Grab a couple pints and show your friends what you're made of.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Ibiza Pool Party ft. Patrick Nazemi
23rd September
Students' Union
It's time to pretend you're sipping cocktails by the Mediterranean as Ibiza Rocks Patrick Nazemi supplies the pool party bangers.
Bars and Nightlife | Music and Film | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Traffic Light Toast
23rd September
Medicine
Ready, set, Toast! Whether you're looking for love or taken, make sure you don't miss out on your weekly dose of cheesy tunes and discounted drinks!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine | Toast
Student Group Taster Sessions
24th-29th September
Various - check timetable
We've got over 110 different societies, sports clubs and media outlets for you to try out during Freshers' Festival!
Alcohol-free | Free | Freshers | Media Outlets | Societies | Sports | Day | Night
Market Day
24th September
Union Plaza
It's Market Day every Tuesday at the SU - enjoy our fruit and veg market and tuck into some tasty lunch from one of our international food stalls.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day
Poster Sale
24th September
Union Tent
Fill your new pads with fun new and classic designs from our friends at Uni Poster Sales.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day
Freshers' Fair - Day Two
24th September
Sports Centre
It's day two of the Freshers' Fair. Come along and meet all your clubs, societies and media outlets and grab plenty of freebies!
Alcohol-free | Societies | Sports | Media Outlets | Freshers | Day
Russia v Samoa
24th September
The Packhorse
Tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast as we bring you live Rugby World Cup action at The Packhorse.
Free | Sports | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
Two For Tuesday
24th September
The Packhorse
Every Tuesday from 5pm, indulge in two for one on a selection of food and drinks at The Packhorse!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Board & Video Games Night
24th September
Imagine
Join us in Imagine for the ultimate night of gaming - board, video and card games with food and soft drinks available.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Night
Casa Amor ft. Chris Taylor
24th September
Medicine
We've got a text! Gather round the fire pit at Medicine and meet Love Island's Chris Taylor!
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Medicine
VK Electric
24th September
Students' Union
We've teamed up with VK to provide another Freshers' Festival classic with LED foam sticks, branded phone wallets and sunglasses among the giveaways.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Treasure Trails
25th September
Union Plaza
Learn your way around campus, meet new people and potentially win some amazing prizes!
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Disney Karaoke
25th September
Union Tent
Warm up your vocal chords and get ready to be our guest as we belt out Disney classics in the Union Tent.
Free | Music and Film | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
MedsWeds
25th September
Medicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh with some great deals at our weekly pre-drinks night! The perfect venue for any sports club or society socials.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Societies | Sports | Freshers | Night | Medicine | MedsWeds
Crafting Session
25th September
Imagine
Let your creative mind run free as you decorate your choice of item(s) with our Give It A Go Programme
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Night
Karaoke Night
25th September
The Packhorse
Everyone loves a bit of karaoke so put those hairbrush rehearsals into practice, and sing you heart out to all your favourite tunes at The Packhorse.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Music and Film | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Silent Disco
25th September
Founder's Meadow
Head down to Founder's Meadow, pop on your headphones and dance the night away to your choice of music.
Free | Music and Film | Freshers | Night
Flawless ft. Big Narstie and DJ Cameo
25th September
Students' Union
For one of our biggest nights at the SU, Flawless, we’ll have the pleasure of featuring British rapper and MC Tyrone Lindo, best known as Big Narstie.
Bars and Nightlife | Music and Film | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue | Flawless
Union Fest ft. Petting Zoo
26th September
Union Plaza
With street food, candyfloss, a petting zoo and live music, the Union Plaza is the place to be during the day on Thursday.
Free | Alcohol-free | Societies | Sports | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
England v USA
26th September
The Packhorse
Tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast at The Packhorse as England face USA in Pool C at the Rugby World Cup.
Free | Sports | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
Transmission ft. Della B and Maggie Cassidy
26th September
The Packhorse
It's the biggest indie night on campus brought to you by The Packhorse. We're bringing you a double bill of live music from London-based soul/pop band Della B and Maggie Cassidy, a five piece dirty pop band from Guildford.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Music and Film | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night | Transmission
BASIC Bingo
26th September
Imagine
Eyes down! It's time to get dabbing as we bring you the ultimate night of classic bingo with some fun prizes up for grabs.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Night
Silent Disco
26th September
Founder's Meadow
Head down to Founder's Meadow, pop on your headphones and dance the night away to your choice of music. Bust those moves!
Free | Music and Film | Freshers | Night
Rainbow Rave ft. Petty Nonsense
26th September
Medicine
Get your glitter and sequins at the ready. Late, Great & Free is back in association with LGBT+ Soc, featuring a special performance from Petty Nonsense.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | LGBT+ | Night | Medicine
Smells Like Teen Spirit ft. Two Door Cinema Club (DJ Set)
26th September
Students' Union
We can tell just what you want, and it's the best indie rock anthems all night long with a DJ set from County Down's finest.
Bars and Nightlife | Music and Film | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Laser Tag
27th September
Students' Union
Show off your laser tag skills to your new friends - who will claim the bragging rights?!
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Tea Party & Picnic
27th September
Union Tent
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Freshers' Festival with the ultimate afternoon chill-out.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Shisha
27th September
The Packhorse
Shisha is back at The Packhorse! Every Friday from 7pm, you can experience one of our six tasty flavours, with or without the nicotine.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Silent Disco
27th September
Imagine
Head down to Imagine and immerse yourself in the world of silent disco as you dance like nobody's watching.
Free | Music and Film | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Night
A Night At The Circus
27th September
The Packhorse
We're bringing circus vibes to The Packhorse with a fire display from RHUL Circus Society and up close magic from magician Clive.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night | Performance
Acoustic Session
27th September
Founder's Meadow
Head down to Founder's Meadow for live music by the fire - perfect if you're after a chilled Friday evening.
Free | Music and Film | Freshers | Night
Desi Fusion ft. Panjabi MC
27th September
Medicine
Our weekly celebration of culture starts with Desi Fusion and a performance from Panjabi MC which is sure to get the party started!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | International | Music and Film | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Pop! ft. Sisters of RuPaul's Drag Race
27th September
Students' Union
Condragulations! You're invited to the our brand new POP! night where we'll be joined by three drag queens from Season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue | Pop!
Japan v Ireland
28th September
The Packhorse
Tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast as we bring you live Rugby World Cup action at The Packhorse.
Free | Sports | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
South Africa v Namibia
28th September
The Packhorse
Tuck into a mouth-watering breakfast as we bring you live Rugby World Cup action at The Packhorse.
Free | Sports | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
IKEA Trip
28th September
Union Plaza
Whether you need kitchen utensils, bedding, towels or furniture, IKEA has pretty much everything you could wish for.
Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Freshers' Ball ft. Chase & Status + Rage (DJ Set)
28th September
Founder's South Quad
Grab your ball gowns and black ties for the classiest night of Freshers' Festival, featuring a DJ set from the incredible Chase & Status + Rage.
Bars and Nightlife | Music and Film | Freshers | Night | Wristband
Live Music ft. Lesedi & So What
28th September
The Packhorse
Food, drinks and live music at The Packhorse. What more could you possibly want from your night?
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Music and Film | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Antidote
28th September
Medicine
An alternative offering to Freshers' Ball with urban and chart music blasting to end a very busy week.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Colour Run
29th September
Sports Centre
Whether you run, walk or jog, you'll be covered in paint by the time you finish, and you're guaranteed to have a laugh getting covered on the way round too!
Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Big Fat Pub Quiz
29th September
The Packhorse
It's time to show your general knowledge skills, because it's quiz night! If you're looking to have a laugh, this is the night for you.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Slumber Party & Movie Night
29th September
Medicine
As Freshers' Festival comes to an end, it's time to wind down and get ready for the start of the academic year.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Night | Medicine

Royal Holloway Welcome Week
The College also run Welcome Week, their own dedicated programme of events separate from the Students' Union.

Check out the College's Welcome Week events