THOUSANDS of new students are enjoying their first taste of Life in Leeds at the start of what is being billed as the city’s biggest and best Freshers’ Week.
Around 7,000 new students are expected to arrive at the University of Leeds this week.
Bradley Escorcio, union affairs officer at Leeds University Union, said: “It promises to be one of the biggest and best Freshers’ Weeks Leeds has seen.
“We’ve got some amazing nights out featuring big names such as Zane Lowe, Danny Howard and Nick Grimshaw plus lots of live stand-up comedy from the likes of Josh Widdicombe and Joe Wilkinson.
“Plus, we’re packing the days with activity too with craft sessions, trips to the seaside, tours of the Leeds Markets and even an edible growing lesson.”
“Lots of our events during freshers’ and throughout the rest of the year are open to the public and it would be great to see more people coming onto campus and experiencing what the union has to offer – in particular our strong line-up of live music which includes upcoming gigs from Vance Joy and Ella Eyre. We’ve launched a brand new website unionevents.org to cover everything.”
Adam Warner, events and marketing co-ordinator at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, said fairs will be running every day this week to showcase the union’s 320 clubs and societies.
He added: “We are looking forward to an action packed two weeks featuring a whole host of activities in our biggest two weeks yet.
“Alongside our two huge parties – Beach theme in week one and UV paint party in week two – there is loads for new students to get involved in.
Week one highlights include two huge Freshers fairs at Headingley & City Campus on 23 and 24 September, a cocktail making master class with new Leeds bar Bird and Beats, breakfast club hosted daily in the Students’ Union and a special event on Saturday ‘Welcome to Headingley’ run by Leeds Beckett SU Volunteers.
Miki Vyse, president Of Leeds Trinity University Students Union, said Scouting for Girls will be playing a sold-out show on campus at Horsforth on Friday night. And there will be a Freshers’ Festival tomorrow, where students can find out about clubs and societies to join.
Miki added: “Freshers’ Week is so much fun. Because there are so many new people around the buzz on campus is absolutely brilliant.”