Freshers' Fortnight

The official freshers lineup for Derby

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MistaJam and BASSHUNTER headlining! Basshunter headlines Freshers Finalé – a photo of Basshunter with the event title

This year’s Freshers’ Finalé on October 4th will be one of our biggest ever, as we host MistaJam and BASSHUNTER in the Academy to round off what will be an unforgettable fortnight for our new and returning students!

Hot off the stage at Creamfields, MistaJam will be performing an amazing DJ set and BASSHUNTER will be performing his classic hits live, such as Now You’re Gone and All I Ever Wanted, as well as new music all as a part of our Freshers’ Fortnight wristband offer.

Derby Events

    Freshers Moving in Day
    21st September 8am - 5pm
    Kedleston Road Atrium
    Grab your keys, meet some friendly faces, unpack your stuff - and get yourself a #derbyfresh wristband if you haven’t already!
    Freshers Welcome Fest at Markeaton Street
    21st September 2pm - 7pm
    Markeaton Street
    Move in day can break a sweat in even the most precise packers, so once you’re all settled in head down to Markeaton Street for some good grub and a chance to chill before our Wild Welcome Party!
    Freshers Wild Welcome Party
    21st September 9:30pm - 2am
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    Have you got the moves like jaguar? Channel your wild side as you let loose in the Academy at our roaring welcome party. Come for drinks at the watering hole with good vibes that will have you believing you’ve mastered the bare necessities of life.
    Freshers Freshers Foam Party at Walkabout
    22nd September 9pm - 3am
    Walkabout Derby
    Forget having a night off with a bubble bath and your trusty rubber duck, the Mukky Duck team have foam for days - no FOMO here!
    Freshers Union Pop-up
    23rd September 11am - 1pm
    Markeaton Street
    Come and talk to us about how to be part of the Union; sports, societies, student-led services, Advice, Part Time Officers and Programme Reps, we've got you covered with every inch of info!
    Freshers Night at the Museum
    23rd September 6pm - 11pm
    Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE11BS
    Beat your top score under the pinball glow as you travel back to a world of retro gaming with all your favourite arcade classics!
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    Freshers OFGS Union Fair
    24th September 11am - 2pm
    One Friar Gate Square
    Goodies, giveaways, and lots of information about how to make the most of your time at university. Come and meet us and find out what your Union can do for you!
    Freshers Pint with the President
    24th September noon - 2pm
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    Meet the President (and the Vice-Presidents) for a pint and a chat about all things Union!
    Freshers Comedy Night
    24th September 8pm - 11pm
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    A night of contagious laughter and entertainment with hilarious headliners! Don’t forget to redeem your limited time drinks vouchers in your Freshers vouchers book!
    Freshers Cheese and Wine Welcome
    25th September 5pm - 7pm
    Britannia Mill
    A welcome talk for mature, commuter and parent students. With cheese and wine!
    Freshers Freshers Glitter Party at Walkabout
    25th September 9pm - 3am
    Walkabout Derby
    Would it be a Freshers party without a bit of glitter? Derby's biggest student night brings you more sparkle than ever before!
    Freshers Imperium Coaching Q&A
    26th September 11am - 1pm
    Kedleston Road
    Feeling anxious about first weeks of university? Come for an open Q&A panel discussion with Kyle Watson, a graduate coach and founder of Imperium Coaching. Take control of your actions, build your confidence and enjoy university to the fullest!
    Freshers Union Advice Tea Party
    26th September 4pm - 6pm
    Blends Coffee Shop, Kedleston Road
    Do you need help with settling into student life in Derby? We know this can be solved over a good cuppa. Come and enjoy some positivi-tea while you chat to our advisors about your student concerns.
    Freshers Outdoor Cinema
    26th September 7pm - 11pm
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    Get your popcorn (or holey grail doughnuts) and blankets at the ready for our outdoor screening of a popular blockbuster! Quiet at the back!
    Freshers Quiz at OFGS
    26th September 7:30pm - 9pm
    One Friar Gate Square
    It's time to question the laws of quizics, so find that mate who has more general knowledge than sense for our first quiz of the year!
    Freshers Derby Festé
    27th September midnight - 28th September midnight
    Derby Cathedral
    The arts festival returns with packed programme of spectacular family entertainment featuring the breathtaking Museum of the Moon at Derby Cathedral!
    Freshers Union Pop-up
    27th September 11am - 1pm
    Britannia Mill
    Come and talk to us about how to be part of the Union; sports, societies, student-led services, Advice, Part Time Officers and Programme Reps, we've got you covered with every inch of info!
    Freshers Comedy Bingo
    27th September 8pm - 11pm
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    Comedy, music, and mayhem; come and see why quiet dabbing is a thing of the past. Win big and expect an evening of non-stop laughter!
    Freshers UV Rave
    28th September 10pm - 2am
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    Paint your face and grab those glow sticks for an unmissable night at the Academy!
    Freshers Freshers Fair
    30th September 9am - 5pm
    Kedleston Road Atrium
    One of the biggest events during your first few weeks in Derby and your first chance to see the Union in all its colours.
    Freshers Programme Rep Info Event
    30th September 5pm - 7pm
    One Friar Gate Square
    Learn about your Union’s Programme Representatives scheme, how they represent your academic interests, and how you can go about becoming one to support your coursemates and improve your programme.
    Freshers Freshers Fair
    1st October 9am - 5pm
    Kedleston Road Atrium
    One of the biggest events during your first few weeks in Derby and your first chance to see the Union in all its colours.
    Freshers Sports and Societies Shindig
    1st October 5pm - 7pm
    Blends, OFGS
    Haven’t been tempted by one of our existing sports clubs or societies? Form your own!
    Freshers intu Student Shopping Night
    1st October 7pm - 10pm
    intu Derby
    Who can resist a too good to be true deal? intu’s student lock in is the perfect opportunity to get all the bits you need to settle in to student life in Derby!
    Freshers Harry Potter Party at Walkabout
    2nd October 9pm - 3am
    Walkabout, 11 Market Square, Derby DE1 3QE
    Are you a Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor? Join the Mukky Duck Crew on the most magical night of the week!
    Freshers Oktoberfest
    3rd October 7:30pm - 11pm
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    Who says you need to be in Munich to drink a stein? Come to the Union’s very own festival for a night of high spirits with live music from a Bavarian band!
    Freshers Quiz at OFGS
    3rd October 7:30pm - 9pm
    One Friar Gate Square
    Let’s get quizzical; it's time to get your thinking hats on ready for our second quiz of the year!
    Freshers All Day Blowout
    4th October 11am - 5pm
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    Missing your home comforts and your parents’ good grub? The Academy is open all day for you to relish 25% off the entire menu!
    Freshers Freshers Finale
    4th October 10pm - 2am
    Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
    Round off the Freshers Fortnight with the biggest night of all. Grab your new mates and celebrate in style! Basshunter and MistaJam will be preforming live! This is the night you will not want to miss!
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    Freshers Freshers Fair Markeaton Street
    8th October 10am - 2pm
    Markeaton Street
    A chance to see the Union in all it’s colours – the perfect opportunity to get involved in our clubs and societies, grab a load of info, and learn more about what’s on offer in the local area. Brands, freebies, and pizza – lots of free pizza!

Buxton Events

    Buxton Freshers Welcome Fest at Buxton
    22nd September 2pm - 7pm
    Halls of Residence, Buxton
    Move in day can break a sweat in even the most precise packers, so once you’re all settled in, head down to Halls for some good grub and a chance to chill.
    Buxton Freshers Back to School Party
    23rd September 9pm - 1am
    AMP, Buxton
    Bringing you back to school with a mix of decades music!
    Buxton Freshers Union Pop-up
    24th September 12:30pm - 2pm
    The Dome, Buxton
    Come and talk to us about how to be part of the Union; sports, societies, student-led services, Advice, Part Time Officers and Programme Reps, we can give you the low-down on it all!
    Buxton Freshers 90s Night
    25th September 10am - 26th September 1am
    The Queen's Head, Buxton
    Join us for the best classic chart, dance and club anthems from the 1990s. From Snap! to Faithless, from Dee-lite to Vanilla Ice.
    Buxton Freshers Treasure Trail
    25th September 7pm - 25th September 9:30pm
    Buxton Town Centre
    Discover Buxton, collect clues and learn all about the town. Meet new people, see new places and be in with the chance of winning an awesome prize!
    Buxton Freshers Traffic Light Party
    27th September 10am - 28th September 10am
    AMP, Buxton
    The perfect social atmosphere to meet and mingle! Wear Green - single and ready to mingle Wear Yellow - it’s complicated Wear Red - you’re taken
    Buxton Freshers 80s Neon Night
    30th September 9am - 1st October 1am
    Coco, Buxton
    Come kitted put in your neon beads and RaRa skirts and leg warmers and dance the night away to classic 80s tunes with Netball Club!
    Buxton Freshers Union Pop-up
    1st October 12:30pm - 2pm
    The Dome, Buxton
    Come and talk to us about how to be part of the Union; sports, societies, student-led services, Advice, Part Time Officers and Programme Reps, we can give you the low-down on it all!
    Buxton Freshers Freshers Fair
    3rd October 10am - 3pm
    The Dome, Buxton
    One of the biggest events during your first few weeks in Derby and your first chance to see the Union in all its colours!
    Buxton Freshers Beach Party
    3rd October 9pm - 1am
    AMP, Buxton
    Don those garish shorts, or that underused bikini and join the Outdoor club for a night of sun, sand, and sambucas. Suncream optional, it is October after all.
    Buxton Freshers Fairy Tale Night
    4th October 9pm - 1am
    AMP, Buxton
    Avoid those juicy apples and leave the glass footwear at home. It’s time to celebrate the tales of witches, fairies, and confectionary houses with the Buxton Canoe and Kayak club at AMP.
    Buxton Freshers Heroes vs Villains
    8th October 9pm - 1am
    AMP, Buxton
    It’s Heroes vs Villains - break out your favourite cape and round up your squad for an adventure filled evening!
    Buxton Freshers Welcome Back Party
    9th October 7pm - midnight
    The Dome, Buxton
    Buxton’s annual student welcome back party to celebrate the start of the new academic year!
    Buxton Freshers World Mental Health Day
    10th October noon - 2pm
    The Dome, Buxton
    It’s good to talk; we’re offering advice, guidance and information on all aspects of mental health.
    Buxton Freshers Global Café Smoothie
    10th October 5pm - 7pm
    The Dome, Buxton
    Freshly-blended smoothies, snacks, chatting, daft games, plus, “If only someone had told me!” – current students confide the top ten things they wish they’d known when they were freshers about being in Buxton.
    Buxton Freshers Festival Event
    11th October 9pm - 1am
    AMP, Buxton
    Experience all the fun of a festival without the pesky rain, mud, and lack of adequate toilet facilities. Join the Events society at AMP and dance ‘til the sun goes down knowing you can retire to a comfy bed with a solid roof overhead.