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What to Expect


How is Freshers' Week working this year?

We’re giving every student a Freshers' Week experience to remember.


Freshers' Week isn’t just about becoming a Glasgow University student - it's about making new friends, gaining experiences and having some fun before the academic year begins!


That’s why the two Student Unions on campus, Queen Margaret Union (QMU)  &  Glasgow University Union (GUU),  have teamed up yet again, presenting a joint programme across 9 jam-packed days to introduce everyone to The Homes of Glasgow Student Nightlife!

Please note: evening events held from Monday 11th - Friday 15th September are open to NEW UofG students only.

Our evening Freshers' events during the week (11th-15th September) are exclusive to NEW students so you'll need a FW2023 Wristband to gain access to them. This is the ONLY OFFICIAL wristband for University of Glasgow Freshers' Week 2023.

Freshers' wristbads

Where do you collect your wristband?


Glasgow University Union

Collect your wristband from information stall in the main foyer.

From Friday 8th September

11am - 5pm

Queen Margaret Union


Collection from the Reception in the main Foyer.


From Thursday 7th September 

11am - 5pm


what exactly is Freshers' Week?

Freshers’ Week is an unforgettable 9 days that will kick-start your University of Glasgow experience. As well as meeting new people, you’ll be able to get a taste of campus life. Both Unions have been working hard to ensure that you can have a safe and memorable Freshers' Week and look forward to seeing you in September!


Freshers' Week is a great way to meet new people, discover new interests and experience what University life is all about, all whilst beginning the journey to your degree! From big gigs, to smaller group sessions, both Unions offer so much not only throughout Freshers' Week, but for the entirety of your student experience. Coming along to Freshers' Week is a great way to figure out what both Unions do and how each would suit you 

Our Freshers' Week is the greatest way to meet new people, discover new interests and experience what University life is all about, all whilst beginning the journey of University life! From huge gigs to smaller group sessions, both Unions offer so much not only during Freshers' Week, but for the entirety of your student experience.

Coming to the OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW FRESHERS' WEEK  is a great way to discover what both Unions have to offer throughout your entire student experience!


The University of Glasgow is unique, unlike other universities we have four student organisations, compared to the usual singular organisation. Each provides a different function, in the aim to provide a greater university experience. The two social Unions have created a schedule that caters to both freshers and returning students. Leading up to the week (weekend before), events are open to all students, while the events during the week are primarily for freshers.

You can find the activities of the other student unions, SRC and GUSA, on the Welcome Week website.


For enquiries about disability access and support, please get in touch with the Disability Service at or phone 0141 330 5497.

The QMU provides access to the building via a disabled ramp and all floors via the lifts. 'Venue' has a disabled viewing platform available for booking in advance that can be reserved and QMU staff will arrange to meet the student and escort them to the platform. The QMU also allows free entry to an approved carer if required.

The GUU is also accessible on all levels/rooms to those requiring disabled access. Disabled access to the Old building is via the back lane or Beer Bar with a lift that provides access to all floors.

The GUU Extension is also served by a lift and provides access between both the extension and the Old Building.

Get Home Safely

Between Friday 8th September - Saturday 16th September, the QMU and GUU will be supplying night buses to get you home safely after your night at either Union. These buses will be manned by Freshers' helpers. These night buses will be taking students to their University of Glasgow student accommodation, including: Murano Street Student Village; Queen Margaret Residence; Cairncross House; and Wolfson Hall.

Please check the route schedule for more information.

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