We’re the University of York Students’ Union - but you can call us YUSU.

You’re one of our newest members and we’re excited to show you all the amazing events and opportunities you get involved in during your time here. From societies, sports clubs, volunteering projects and more - there’s something for everyone at YUSU.

Freshers’ Week is the perfect opportunity for you to get to know people, explore our gorgeous campus and city and throw yourself into something new.

Countdown to Freshers


Events & Tickets

  • Sat 28th
    September (Week 0)
    Friday 4th
    October (Week 1)
    College Freshers

    Your college is where you begin your life at University, and your college committee has been working hard to deliver an incredible timetable of events, activities and opportunities so you can really get involved.

    You can expect film nights, bar crawls, themed parties and much more...

    *You will only be able to purchase a Freshers’ Ticket for the college you belong to. Each college ticket price may vary as each college has a unique timetable of events organised by their own committee.

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  • Monday 30th
    September (Week 1)
    Friday 4th
    October (Week 1)
    Freshers Fringe

    Freshers’ Fringe is brought to you by your part-time officer team! It includes a variety of events including film screenings, quizzes, mixers and much more.

    See the Freshers Fringe Timetable here for details!

  • Saturday 5th
    October (Week 1)
    Freshers Fair

    Freshers’ Fair is located all over Campus West and showcases over 200 student societies, loads of volunteering opportunities and more than 60 university sports teams-- with this much choice and variety at York there really is something for everyone!

    This is your chance to join sports clubs, societies and media groups - plus learn a bit more about how you can get involved with our volunteering projects, liberation networks or YUSU Raising & Giving. There’ll also be commercial companies handing out all sorts of freebies, and of course our free freshers tote bags!

    Freshers’ fair is the perfect place to discover all of the incredible opportunities and services to get involved with at the Students' Union and the University.


    * Please note that 10am - 11am is our access hour for students with children or access requirements.

  • Saturday 12th
    October (Week 2)
    Freshers Festival

    FRESHERS FESTIVAL is the biggest event on campus this Freshers 2019! YUSU takes over Campus West to host an outdoor festival which you do not want to miss!

    FRESHERS FESTIVAL will host some of the hottest artists on our main-stage… and we’re bringing you all the festival vibes with instagram worthy activities, eclectic food and a very special outside bar…

    So add Freshers Festival to your fabric wristband collection, or be ready to face the FOMO.

    Acts will be announced soon, so keep an eye out on our social media!

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  • Sunday 6th
    October (Week 1)
    Comedy Night

    What better way to chill out after Freshers’ Week than with a bit of a giggle.

    If you fancy kicking back and taking in some homegrown comedy then this is the event for you!

    Join us in Central Hall (the spaceship-shaped building in the middle of Campus West!) to catch some of the UK’s much-loved and rising comedy stars.

    #YUSUComedyNight line-up to be announced soon - watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook!

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  • Thursday 10th
    October (Week 2)
    7pm - 3am
    Viking Raid

    York’s biggest and best bar crawl!

    • 4 different t-shirts
    • 4 different routes
    • 1 massive bar crawl through York!

    Viking Raid is the perfect introduction to the varied nightlife that York has to offer. Each route starts on campus at one of YUSU’s bars, with a free shuttle bus taking you to town before you make your way from bar to bar, ending up in one of the OFFICIAL YUSU club night venues.

    WARNING: Viking helmets are advised...

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Your Union

Your 2019/20 Sabbatical Officers (or ‘Sabbs’) are:

President: Samara Jones


YUSU President
York Sport President: Maddi Cannell


Sport President
Community and Wellbeing Officer: Steph Hayle


Community & Wellbeing Officer
Academic Officer: Giang Nguyen


Academic Officer
Student Activities Officer: Ollie Martin


Student Activities Officer

They’re not the only people who are here to represent you, though. We also have...

Part-time Officers

Elected to represent students on a multitude of issues, from volunteering to environmental issues. The Part-Time Officers also stand up for under-represented groups on campus and work tirelessly to campaign, put on events and raise awareness of issues affecting those students to make their lives better.

Find out more.

Academic Representation

Whether it's asking for more books, clarifying marking criteria or campaigning for better lecture resources, your Academic Reps (ranging from Course Reps to Department Reps and Faculty Reps) are here to make sure your voice is heard by your department.

Find out more.

College Committees

Every student at York will be assigned to one of York's 9 colleges. The College Committee represents the views of students in their College on issues including accommodation and welfare provision. They also organise your Freshers’ Week!

Find out more.

Fake Freshers

We’re so excited to meet all our new Freshers, and can’t wait to host the biggest and best Freshers’ Week events at York. However, every year some unofficial events start popping up over the summer on social media, claiming to be the only ‘official’ Freshers events in the City. We’re here to make sure you buy the correct event tickets, are kept safe during your time here and don’t get done by one of these companies!

Firstly, make sure you’ve joined our official facebook page and event so you can get live updates on our events:

Official Group
Official Event

How can I spot an ‘unofficial’ event online?

Take a look at Nouse’s article about how to spot a fake event here.

What do I do if I think I’ve spotted a fake freshers event?

Email ([email protected]) with a link to the event, and we guarantee to verify whether it is real or fake within 2 days.

DO NOT buy anything from the event until we have verified it, otherwise you could lose out on a lot of money.

What do I do if I’ve bought a fake freshers ticket?

Email [email protected] with a link to the event, and we will verify whether it is real or fake within 2 days.

Unfortunately if it is fake, we can’t help you to get your money back. However, we urge you to warn your friends about it and send the link with us so we can share it with other students.

To find out more, read our full blog here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The short answer is - it’s both of us! Your college will run the majority of the week (Monday - Friday), so you can get to know your housemates. It’s really important that you buy the tickets for their events, as most (if not all!) of your friends will be doing the same.

YUSU then takes over on the weekend and into Week 2, bringing all the colleges together by putting on campus-wide events for all students to attend including music, activities and comedy.

Tickets for all events (College and YUSU) will go live on 22nd August at 12 noon.
Of course! All York students are invited to take part in Freshers’ Week! Colleges will be offering returner tickets and all YUSU events are open to all.
Depending on your College, your Freshers’ Week will start on the same day that you move in!
Take a look at our information on fake freshers tickets here, and feel free to drop us a message on our social media or email [email protected] for more help.
If you're struggling to buy a ticket, or having troubles logging in, please contact [email protected] We receive data from the University daily, so it can take 24 hours for your account to appear on the system. If you are struggling to log in and have enrolled within the past 24 hours, please allow time for your account to be made. After purchasing a ticket you should receive an email to the address specified upon checkout, but purchased tickets are also visible in 'My Account' under the 'Purchases' tab.