A complete freshers guide for Newcastle students

Sarah Marsh - April 24, 2019

Newcastle students if you’re off uni this autumn, we’re guessing one of the things you’re most excited about is Freshers Week. Especially if you’re heading to Newcastle – a city known nationwide for its student lifestyle. There’ll be a lot going on and loads to do. So we’ve pulled together a comprehensive guide for freshers in Newcastle to help you out.

Newcastle is home to two universities: Newcastle and Northumbria, with both freshers weeks taking place in September. Term (so your lectures, classes, and seminars) usually starts on the Monday afterwards. Both universities sell Freshers Week wristbands – think of it as your all-access pass to what’s going on. But more on that later.

Get the boring stuff out of the way first

There’s going to be loads of exciting events and activities in your first week. But you’ll also have a few very important things to do – like registering and enrolling on your course. You need to do this to actually study, so get it out of the way as soon as possible. Not enrolling can also delay your student finance, and you definitely don’t want that.

If you’ve moved away from your hometown, we’d also advise you register with a local GP. It’s better to sort it before you need it and save the struggle for an appointment if you fall ill later.

Grab a wristband

The bit you’ve been waiting for, right? Whether you’re a Newcastle student or Northumbria student, your student union will sell Freshers Week wristbands. Last year, Newcastle’s cost £70 and Northumbria’s costs £35. This might seem like a lot, but you’ll get (usually free – if not, discounted) access to hundreds of events hosted throughout the week. Events range from day trips, campus-based and alcohol-free activities, to club nights in the Student Union and the city centre.

Universities usually announce the event timetable in the weeks leading up to Fresher’s – and wristbands can sell out fast. So you’ll have to be quick to get your hands on one.

Head to the Freshers Fair

You might be feeling a bit worse-for-wear from the night before, but dragging yourself to Freshers Fair is a must. This is where you’ll be able to sign up for societies and meet other Newcastle students. There’s a society for pretty much everything and you can sign up to as many as you want. There are also stands to get advice about a range of things – student finance, studying abroad, jobs for students etc. The list goes on. The best bit? Most stands have loads of freebies to give away. Think pens, pencils, sweets, keyrings – and maybe even pizza if you’re quick enough. So, if nothing else, the Freshers Fair is always a good place to grab a free snack and stock up on stationery for the year.

Club nights for Newcastle students

Throughout Freshers week, clubs and bars will host events separate from those on your wristbands. Some of these are always popular, so tickets can sell out quickly. It’s worth checking out the following venues to see what events they have in store:

During the day

Got some time to spare, or missed the sign up for the day’s activities? Spend it exploring the city or the surrounding area. There are plenty of free things to do in Newcastle too – no need to stress about sticking to a budget!

Whatever you get up to during Freshers, you’ll no doubt have a great time! Keep an eye out for any deals and offers during the week. Making the most of Freshers is one of the best ways to throw yourself into the uni lifestyle! Just don’t forget to do the important admin before you get started.