Welcome to York!

We’re the University of York Students’ Union (YUSU). Every student that studies here automatically becomes a member of the union - totally free of charge!

We’re here to represent you, support you and entertain you with some massive events and opportunities all year long. But, right now, we are here to make sure you end your Freshers’ Week in the best way possible!

Freshers’ Week kicks off in your college, with exciting events that introduce you to the campus, city and your housemates!

Then YUSU finishes the week with a bang, with a jam-packed weekend bonanza full of laughs, dancing and music.

Countdown to Freshers


Events & Tickets

  • Sat 22nd / Sun 23rd
    September (Week 0)
    Friday 28th
    September (Week 1)
    College Freshers

    Your college is where you begin your life at University, and your college committee has been working hard to deliver an incredible timetable of events, activities and opportunities for you to get involved in. You can expect film nights, bar crawls, themed parties and much more.

    * You will only be able to purchase a Freshers’ Ticket for the college you belong to. Each college ticket price may vary as each has a unique timetable of events.

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  • Saturday 29th
    September (Week 1)
    College Freshers

    The perfect place to discover all the incredible opportunities and services to get involved with at the Students' Union and University.

    This is your chance to join sports clubs, societies and media groups - plus learn a bit more about how you can get involved with our volunteering projects, liberation networks or YUSU Raising & Giving. There’ll also be commercial companies handing out all sorts of freebies, and of course our free freshers tote bags!

    This event is located all over Campus West and we promise there really is something for everyone.


    * Please note that the Freshers' Fair opens 1 hour earlier for students with children or access requirements. For more information on the access hour and allocated 'Chill Out Zones', click here.

  • Saturday 29th
    September (Week 1)
    College Freshers

    The biggest event on campus this Freshers’ Week! End your Freshers’ in epic style, as the Students’ Union takes over Campus West with a main-stage playing host to some of the UK’s BIGGEST artists.

    It also includes FREE ENTRY to our OFFICIAL after-party at Fibbers!

    Tickets £20

  • Sunday 30th
    September (Week 1)
    College Freshers

    What better way to end Freshers’ Week than with a giggle. If you fancy kicking back and taking in some homegrown comedy then this is the event for you! Join us in Central Hall (the spaceship-shaped building in the middle of Campus West!) to catch some of the UK’s much-loved and rising comedy stars.

    The #YUSUComedyNight is playing host to a wealth of comedic talent!

    Tickets £10

  • Thursday 4th
    October (Week 2)
    6pm - 3am
    College Freshers

    York’s biggest and best bar crawl!

    • 4 different t-shirts
    • 4 different routes
    • 1 massive bar crawl through York!

    Viking Raid is the perfect introduction to the varied nightlife that York has to offer. Each route starts on campus at one of YUSU’s bars, with a free shuttle bus taking you to town before you make your way from bar to bar, ending up in one of the OFFICIAL YUSU club night venues.

    WARNING: Viking helmets are advisory but not compulsory.

    Tickets £8

  • Thursday 4th
    October (Week 2)
    7pm - 3am
    Frehsers Fringe

    YUSU’s Freshers’ Fringe provides a platform for our Liberation, Raising and Giving (RAG) and Volunteering Networks to creatively showcase what they do and how you can get involved! To compliment the formal Freshers’ Week festivities, Freshers’ Fringe enables you to try alternative events and learn about the diversity of opportunities here at York.

    Events will include pizza and patriarchy with our Women’s Officers, micro volunteering with our Volunteering Officers, ‘zine making’ with our Working Class and Social Mobility Officers, a Tour de York with our RAG Officers, and some environmentalist activism with our Environment and Ethics Collective……

    See the Freshers Fringe Timetable for details!

#Fake Freshers

We’re so excited to meet all our new Freshers, and can’t wait to host the biggest and best Freshers’ Week events at York. However, every year some unofficial events start popping up over the summer on social media, claiming to be the only ‘official’ Freshers events in the City. We’re here to make sure you buy the correct event tickets, are kept safe during your time here and don’t get done by one of these companies!

Firstly, make sure you’re joined our official facebook page and event so you can get live updates on our events:

Official Group
Official Event

Find out more about Fake Freshers

Frequently Asked Questions

The short answer is - it’s both of us! Your college will run the majority of the week (Monday - Friday), so you can get to know your housemates. It’s really important that you buy the tickets for their events, as most (if not all!) of your friends will be doing the same.

YUSU then takes over on the weekend and into Week 2, putting on campus-wide events for all students to attend including music, activities and comedy.

Tickets for all events (College and YUSU) will go live on 23rd August at 12 noon.
Of course! All York students are invited to take part in Freshers’ Week! Colleges will be offering returner tickets and all YUSU events are open to all.
Depending on your College, your Freshers’ Week will start on the same day that you move in!
Take a look at our information on fake freshers tickets here, and feel free to drop us a message on our social media or email freshers@yusu.org for more help.