The University of Surrey Students' Union has a vibrant community and nightlife scene, catering for a diverse range of tastes. This past year we have adapted to keep the party going, and provide as many events as possible through 2020/21 - we plan to make it even better this year!
What is Freshers' Week?
Freshers' Week is designed to help new students (Freshers) settle into University life, to provide them with opportunities to meet new people and to start the year with a bang!
When is Freshers' Week 2021?
This year, Freshers' Week takes place from 18th - 24th September 2021, kicking off with Moving In Weekend on the 18th/19th September and closing with Freshers' Fair on Friday 24th and Active Freshers' Fair on the 25th/26th September.
What events will you be running during Freshers' Week?
Tickets go on sale for ticketed events on Tixtu 1st September 8am to Freshers and Second Years
Remaining tickets go on sale to All Students 8am 13th September
The Big Freshers Ball details and line up will be released later next week.
For Rubix entry questions please visit https://www.ussu.co.uk/rubix/Pages/Admission-Policy.aspx
Freshers' Week Events
Saturday 18th September
12:00-23:00 The Marquee Open
16:00 The Big Welcome Talk (The Marquee)
19:00 Ready To Launch! Party with Tempo Elektrik (The Marquee)
23:00-03:00 Lift Off! Party with R3WIRE All Night (Rubix)
Sunday 19th September
12:00-23:00 The Marquee Open
16:00 The Big Welcome Talk (The Marquee)
19:00 CAMP! On Campus! (The Marquee)
23:00-03:00 Nathan Dawe and Karl Thomas (Rubix) / Elevate (The Basement)
Monday 20th September
19:00-23:00 Headphone Disco (The Marquee)
23:00-03:00 Funk Soul Disco presents Horse Meat Disco (Rubix) / Elevate (The Basement)
Tuesday 21st September
23:00-03:00 Arrdee and Shiv Varma (Rubix)
18:00-23:00 Quiz Night (The Marquee)
Wednesday 22nd September
13:00 Surrey Moves+ Colour Run (Surrey Sports Park)
18:00-23:00 Bingo Lingo (The Marquee)
23:00-03:00 Citrus with Boomin – The Ultimate Party Band and DJ Pip (Rubix)
Thursday 23rd September
23:00-03:00 Majestic and Shiv Varma (Rubix) / Elevate (The Basement)
Friday 24th September
09:00-17:00 Freshers’ Fair (The Marquee)
19:00-23:00 20th Century Disco (The Marquee)
23:00-03:00 VK Cosmic Paint Party ft. Karl Thomas (Rubix) / No Wave (The Basement)
Saturday 25th September
19:00-04:00 The BIG Freshers’ Ball 2021 (The Marquee and Rubix)
ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT COVID RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Full refunds will be issued should events not be permitted to go ahead.
We recommend regular testing. Do not attend if you have a positive test. Refunds will be issued if proof of a positive test is provided before the event start time.
Having trouble buying tickets?
If you are having problems buying a Freshers Week ticket, please make sure you have clicked the blue 'join team' button when you create your account and provide your URN on Tixtu.
Please note tickets are only available to students who are in their first or second year in attendance.
If you have studied here for more than two years (e.g. started with a foundation year) then tickets are available for you to buy from 13th Sept at 8am
If you can't find this, have done this or it doesn’t work then send your URN to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can manually add you to this list if you're eligible.
How do I buy Union event tickets?
You will need to sign up with ticket company, Tixtu, to buy all Union event tickets. It's free and easy to do, just follow the instructions here - ussu.co.uk/rubix/Pages/Tixtu-Guide.aspx
How do I ensure I don't miss out on event tickets?
Firstly, make sure you read all the emails you're sent from the Uni and Union! We will post about it online too, so you can have a look on the Union website and our socials as well. We give priority to Freshers' when selling tickets for Freshers' Week, so don't hang around too long. Once they go on sale to all students, they sell out in seconds! Sign up to Tixtu as early as possible to make sure you don't have any issues when you come to buy tickets on the day.
Will I need to buy tickets for all the Freshers' events?
There will be lots of ticketed events, for venues with a limited capacity, and we will email Freshers with details about these. You will also find information about them on our socials @surreyunion and @rubixussu. There will however be plenty of activities you
won't need tickets for, so if you do miss out on a ticket, there will still be lots for you to do, so don't worry!
When do tickets for Freshers' Week go on sale?
At present we plan to release them in early September, however this is subject to change if necessary. We will contact you prior to releasing them though - stand by your inboxes!
What if there's another lockdown?
We cannot predict the future and if new restrictions are introduced, we will do everything we can to still provide you with a memorable Freshers' Week. Last year, when many other Unions gave up, we asked what was possible and the result was even better than we could have imagined!
At the start of the new academic year we transformed the University's Lake into an open air venue; comprising of a pop-up bar, designated seating for up to 600, and an outdoor stage for events and live streams. Our Fresher's week was undoubtedly an incredible experience for everyone who got involved.
We've also hosted loads of virtual events, including Virtual Flirt, with our Friday night resident DJ Karl Thomas and a host of other guests, as well as our weekly Hari's Challenge Pub Quiz.
Post-fresher's, we converted our 1,550 capacity nightclub into Rubix Lounge, our redesigned bar provides a new music setup with SubTV allowing you to control the music, as well as table service food and drinks on offer 7 days a week. Into October we opened a new, even bigger covid-secure venue with The Marquee, providing daily entertainment, from Movie Nights, to Live music, DJ's and hosting Hari's Challenge too.
Our Annual Events
Not all events in the Students' Union revolve around partying - events throughout the year are extremely diverse due to the wide variety of clubs/societies and cultures at the University of Surrey!
Come down to PATS field in Fresher's Week, and explore the 180+ clubs, societies, departments and external companies (such as Domino's and McDonalds!) and learn about the amazing opportunities that your University Life has to offer (and also grab a massive bag of freebies of course!)
Alumni sports members face the current crop of university students in their respective sports to see if the club legends have what it take to win against the current club members!
End Of Year Show
What's a better way to celebrate the end of your exam season, than 4 days of giant parties in Rubix!? Acts such as Chase and Status, Sub Focus and Krept & Konan have performed before.
A massive black-tie event that takes place from 6pm to 6am every year, to be one last party before everyone leaves for the summer (or to celebrate graduation)! Usually begins with a funfair and entertainment on PATs field, before moving over to Rubix to party until 6am... those who last the entire night are rewarded with a free breakfast at Hillside.
Every year we battle Royal Holloway in Varsity- sports clubs from both universities send teams of students to play their sports against each other. The venue alternates every year between Surrey Sports Park and Royal Holloways sporting grounds, but it doesn't matter as Surrey is currently on a 10 year winning streak for Varsity!
One World Showcase and Exhibition
Held every year over at GLive, One World Showcase is where many different societies create a performance relating to their culture/activity, culminating in a fantastic spectacular showcase ranging from Latin dancing to Gospel Choirs. One World Exhibition is held in Rubix during the afternoon, where cultural societies run stalls
Whilst the events we have to offer this year may be slightly different than normal in order to meet the requirements of the current situation, we're still going to provide the best entertainment possible and can't wait to get back to it!