There’s so much going on in Freshers’ Week: college theme nights, departmental talks, matriculation in the Cathedral, and we have a few events of our own. You can use the University’s induction planner to organise your week. Be sure to make time to visit the Freshers’ Fair, as this is the only time you can meet all Durham’s student groups in one place. Our welcome events are also a great time to meet students from all over Durham with similar experiences to you. Best news? All our events are completely free.


All of our student groups, Team Durham, Durham Theatre, Durham Music and Student Community Action come together for two days, giving you the chance to see what activities you want to try. You’ll probably find groups you never thought existed and a load of freebies too. Please note: with so many groups to house, we’ve had to spread them across two days, so make sure to come on both Wednesday and Thursday if you don’t want to miss anyone.

Date: Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October
Location: Dunelm House and Elvet Riverside 1
Time: Wednesday 11:00-18:00 and Thursday 11:00-18:00


The whole of our building will be taken over with undergraduates and postgraduates from all across Durham, so you can get to know each other and settle into Durham. There'll be karaoke and a ceilidh to keep you entertained!

Date: Friday 27 September
Location: Dunelm House
Time: 19:00-23:00


This laid-back event for postgraduates and mature students will help you meet students from other colleges and have a good chat. It’ll be a nice chilled evening before Freshers’ Week fully begins.

Date: Saturday 28 September
Location: Riverside Bar and Café
Time: 20:00-23:00



After the madness of Freshers’ is over, our student groups host a week of Give It a Go events. These are free taster sessions that allow you to try out activities with no commitment. In the past we’ve had everything from belly dancing to unicycling. Keep an eye out for the finished timetable.

Date: Sunday 5 – Sunday 13 October
Location: Dunelm House


Find yourself some new threads for your first term at University one of our Freshers’ vintage sales.

Date: Headlock Vintage: Friday 4 October and Vintage Vera Kilo: Saturday 12 October
Location: Durham SU (Fonteyn Ballroom)
Time: Headlock Vintage 10:00-17:00 and Vintage Vera Kilo 11:00-16:00