The UK's Best Freshers Weeks 2016 By Simon Thompson
Freshers' week is quickly approaching so we've got a rundown of the UK's best freshers' weeks for you. If you're going to be a fresher in any of these cities this month, you're in for an unforgettable week.
Newcastle is a city known for its buzzing nightlife, so really it's no surprise that Newcastle's freshers' week is one of the craziest in the UK.
Newcastle Uni host fun daytime activities and crazy night-time events with a Project X style rave, grub crawls and a Jurassic Park themed light show. There really is something for everyone at Newcastle's freshers' week which is why we think it's one of the UK's best freshers' weeks.
Night time events include UV paint parties, panda parties (yes, apparently that is a thing), a massive Project X rave with a mechanical bull and red cups to toast to your first semester at uni.
It wouldn't be a freshers’ week in Newcastle without an appearance from Geordie Shore's finest would it? This year Gaz and Aaron will be floating between lots of clubs in the city throughout the week.
For those who aren't a big fan of the clubbing scene, there are theatre trips, comedy nights, acoustic shows, grub crawls, pub quizzes and beer tasting evenings.
If you're feeling a bit sluggish after one too many nights out and need a bit of fresh air, the University of Newcastle organise paintballing trips, adventures to Go Ape, archery lessons and more sport activities to get you up and moving.
Leeds is one of the most student populated cities in the UK and often crowned one of the best. Every year Leeds Uni throw an epic freshers’ week for their students, and certainly have earned a spot on our list of the UK's best freshers' weeks.
In Leeds, you can party with Tinchy Stryder, experience a trippy 3D rave and enjoy the novelty of a silent disco.
Clubbercise events, described as "a fitness class that feels more like a night out than a work-out", will give you a chance to get your glow sticks out and paint on some neon stipes.
If you fancy something a bit more chilled Leeds Uni host film screenings, cooking demos (which might come in handy when you find yourself googling how to cook rice...) and yoga festivals.
Leeds always seem to go the extra mile during freshers’ week, bagging some of the UK's biggest artists to play at the Freshers' Finale. This year, with Lethal Bizzle and Ms Dynamite headlining, the last big hurrah before classes start is set to be a good one.
Freshers' isn't a one-week thing in this Northern Ireland city, oh no in Belfast it's Freshers' Fortnight.
Queen's University pull out all the stops for their freshers’, even offering them free breakfast - no better way to start the year than with a proper Ulster Fry.
The uni host trashy bingo nights, comedy clubs, movie quizzes, food markets on campus, traditional Irish music gigs and football screenings so you don't miss out on any of the premier league action.
They are also some rather odd events happening over the fortnight like wrestling competitions, selfie challenges and ballad nights so you can fill yourself on £1 drinks and unleash your inner Adele.
Of course, like all of the other UK's freshers' weeks, there are foam parties and paint parties with some very special guest. This year students have the chance to party with Ireland's funniest duo Jedward at the Queen’s Freshers’ Ball.
In Belfast, freshers' week is two weeks of non-stop socialising and cool events which is why this city has earned a spot on our list of the UK's best freshers' weeks.
Sheffield without a doubt is one of the UK's Best Freshers' Week. The University of Sheffield always go the extra mile and this year, have booked Radio 1’s Greg James to play his favourite tunes at the Big Freshers’ Takeover - the biggest night of freshers' week.
Sheffield's freshers' week is all about partying. There are roller discos, silent discos, beach parties, frat parties, school nights, paint parties and Karaoke evenings.
If you're lucky enough (or in some cases unlucky enough) you might even spot yourself on their Instagram or Snapchat Story during freshers' week.
Freshers' week in Liverpool is no joke, the uni and clubs in the city bring their A-game to make sure that freshers' week is the best week of the year for students.
They host outdoor zoo parties, a Notting Hill Carnival inspired reggae yard, Oktoberfest celebrations and prom nights so you can dance the night away to the cheesiest 80s tunes and who knows, maybe even be crowned Prom Queen/King.
But, what really makes Liverpool one of the UK's best freshers' weeks is the infamous Smurf Fest. It's back this year and better than ever, hosted by a very famous face. If you’re off to Liverpool for uni you’re going to have a chance to party with Geordie girl Charlotte Crosby at this student festival. Hosted across 6 different clubs, this event is definitely a night to remember. Like every year, there’s a foam party, traffic light party, block party and more. Plus all drinks cost £1.50 - win!
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