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This is it, you're officially Leeds Arts University Freshers 2023! Alongside your elected Student Executive Officers and Society Leaders, your soon-to-be very own Leeds Arts Union has put together a whole week full of Freshers events and activities just for YOU! You'll meet new, likeminded people, enjoy a good old-fashioned Yorkshire welcome to Leeds, the University and hopefully have a great time! 


We understand that you might be a bit nervous but the thing to remember is: everyone’s in the same boat! That’s why our Freshers events are designed to suit groups as well as individuals. This year's calendar includes creative workshops, talks from visiting professionals, pet therapy, sports, networking socials and most importantly, everything is completely free! Whether you love a good scary movie night, fancy getting crafty with some tie-dye, want to shake your groove-thing on the dancefloor or just immerse yourself in the LAUfestyle – there’s something for everyone!

Between now and September, it’s time to get excited! Join the Official Leeds Arts University Freshers Facebook Group where you’ll find all the most up-to-date events info, sneak peeks and special prize draws. We've listed all the week's events below, if you click through the images you'll be able to find out more about each event and sign up. We say this a lot but if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us on email: or social media: @leedsartsunion we can't wait to meet you all! 

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How long is Freshers?
This year, Freshers Week will run from 18th - 22nd September.

Where do I buy tickets?
Many of our Freshers events are completely free, any that require tickets will say so in the description or you'll be able to buy them on the door.

How do I join a society or team?
Come along to the Freshers Fair, you'll be able to sign up to any society you fancy and join all of our sports teams. Alternatively, click the societies button above to head to our designated societies webpage.

Can I bring a friend from another Uni?
Of course! As long as they buy a ticket (where necessary) and arrive with you.

I'm not into partying, are there any events for me?
Definitely! We pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of events that suit everyone, are as inclusive as possible and are often, alcohol free.

Where is Freshers?

We hold Freshers events all over the city so you get to know where you live. Many events will be held in the University building, in the Union Space, the cafe or in a green area.

Where is the Students' Union?

You'll find the Union space at the end of the cafe behind the glass doors.

Will I need a wristband?
None of our events this year require a wristband, you only need to sign up online.

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