Freshers' events are provided by both your college and us.

Your college ticket grants you entry to all the events they host during your first week. After that, you have the freedom to choose what else to go to!

Many of our events can be purchased individually or, if you’re a bargain hunter, take a look at the College x YUSU bundle tickets. This bundle includes all of the events in your College’s Freshers’ Week as well as Comedy Night, Fight Night, and Viking Raid at a discounted price compared to if you purchase all tickets individually.


From Friday 15 September

As part of Freshers, your college hosts loads of events to welcome you into the college community, meet new people, and get to know York. These events happen alongside the events that we put on, so you have plenty to choose from. Take a look at your college events to see what’s on offer and buy your tickets!


Monday 18 September, Central Hall, 7.30pm

Our much-loved Comedy Night is set to return this year better than ever! Exclusively for first-year Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, this is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, and to listen to some of the funniest comedians on the stand-up scene! Keep an eye out on our page for updates about the lineup!

Past talented comedians include Suzi Ruffel, Marcus Brigstocke, Peter Rethinasamy, Josh Jones and many more. Expect an evening of raucous entertainment and laughter.

This event can be bought individually or as part of the bundle.


Wednesday 20 September, YUSU Bars, 7pm onwards

Access All Areas is your chance to explore all five YUSU Bars and our coffee shop, The Kitchen at Alcuin. We’ll have some amazing deals in all of our venues so you can find your favourite place to relax and grab a drink on campus. Don’t fancy a drink? The Kitchen is alcohol-free and will be serving up late-night coffee and soft drinks for you to keep on socialising.

This event is included in College Freshers’ tickets. Individual tickets are not available.

Freshers’ Fair

Saturday 23 September, Campus West, 10am-4pm

An absolute staple event for Freshers where you’ll be able to meet all of YUSU’s societies, volunteering projects, sports clubs, and media groups. Here, you can discover which extracurricular activities you want to do at university. That’s not all though- we’ll have a vintage clothes sale and free pizza from Domino’s, and loads of national and local businesses with freebies for you too!

You don’t need a ticket for our Freshers’ Fair which is free to attend.

Film Night

25 September, Central hall, doors open 6:30pm

Join us for a movie right here on campus! Bring your popcorn, wear your comfiest clothes, and spend an evening with the stars. Keep an eye out to find out which classic you’ll be watching…

This event is not included in College X YUSU bundles and a ticket for this event will need to be purchased separately.

Self-Care Fair

Wednesday 27 September, Campus East, 11:00am

A new event for Freshers 2023! This is your chance to decompress after a busy week of getting to know York. Get involved in workshops centred around your wellbeing such as Yoga, Bob Ross painting, flower arranging, and a therapy dog session, all while getting to know some of the fabulous societies on offer here. Explore the York on your doorstep with local performers, vendors, and delicious local food.

This event is free to attend, but you will need to buy or reserve a ticket to attend specific sessions within the event.

This event is not included in College X YUSU bundles.

Viking Raid

Thursday 28 September, YUSU Bars then venues in the city, 6pm onward

York’s biggest bar crawl is back! Join 3,000 other students in York’s best bars before ending your night in a club in the city centre.

This event is included in College X YUSU bundles or can be bought separately.

Fight Night

Friday 6 October, Central Hall, doors open: 7:00pm

Watch the University's finest contenders face off in the ring at a night filled with heart-pounding excitement and historic victories! Live music performers will keep you entertained in between bouts for an unforgettable evening. Bring your A-game to the red carpet and strike a pose at our dedicated photo booth, capturing picture-perfect moments from your Freshers’ experience. Don’t forget to dress to impress!

This event is included in College X YUSU bundles or can be purchased separately.


Discover your voice, sports, societies, volunteering - the possibilities are endless!


Whilst your college will host some Freshers’ events, YUSU also runs Freshers’ events for every student! We’ve got York’s biggest bar crawl, called Viking Raid, a Comedy Night, Freshers’ Fair, and more.


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