So you have arrived and just been hit by the tidal wave of events on offer throughout Freshers’, including what seems to be a dozen or so Fayres. So what are these and what’s the difference between them?

Don’t worry, here is your definitive guide to our Fayres, which are there to show you how much Southampton, Winchester and our Union has to offer you. Come along to see how much you can experience and get out of your time with us!

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Union Fayre

Our Union is here to represent you, whether you are a postgrad, undergrad, you study at WSA, you are a mature student or a student parent and everything in between! We have 7 Full-Time Officers to represent your views and lead our Union  – That’s the basics but it’s much more than that…

Our Union Fayre will help you discover the many opportunities, events and jobs we have to offer our members. So come along for games, demos, prizes and more to see how we can help you and how you can get involved during your time at the University of Southampton! Not to mention a chance to pick up your Union Fayre bag, which is a nice little bunch of freebies including toiletries, snacks and Union Southampton branded goodies. All of it’s FREE on us to help you settle in to student life.

Where? The Union, Highfield campus – we will put up signs so you know exactly where to find stuff on the day

When?  Monday 26 September between 10:00-15:00 – get there early to pick up your Union Fayre bag

Tickets – FREE ADMISSION

Find out more on our website calendar at: www.unionsouthampton.org/calendar

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Bunfight: Student Groups Fayre

The origins of the name are still unknown, but Bunfight: Student Groups Fayre is THE fayre to go to!

We have over 300 student groups, sports clubs and societies for you and Bunfight: Student Groups Fayre is your chance to meet them all – yes every single one from mountaineering and martial arts to sky diving and singing!

You won’t need to sign up or pay membership on the day! This fayre is for you to chat with societies that might interest you and see what they offer – they will tell you when and where the taster sessions/introductory meetings will be so don’t worry you won’t miss out!

Take note! – There will be 5000+ Freshers descending on our Union buildings for this event so plan to arrive early! Also bring a bag because you will be bombarded by more flyers and freebies than you will ever be able to hold on your hands!

Where? The Union, Highfield campus (there will be signs telling you where to queue and go)

When?  Wednesday 28 September between 10:30-16:30

Tickets – FREE ADMISSION

See who else is going on our official Facebook event.

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Freshers’ Fayre

Freshers’ Fayre is the all about external businesses – students are very important clients in Southampton so prepared to be showered with freebies and offers!

Bring a bag to collect all the pens, stress balls and discount cards for local restaurants as well as free entry pass into nightclubs!

Where? Union Southampton (there will be signs telling you where to queue and go)

When?  30th September. 10:00-16:00

Tickets – FREE ADMISSION

www.unionsouthampton.org/calendar

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Volunteering and Fundraising Fayre

Guaranteed to give you much more than you put in, volunteering is fantastic way to achieve something positive, make friends for life and learn new skills!

Whatever is your interest, be it the environment, helping animals or working with the local community, you can make an impact. Put yourself out there and bring projects to life as well as sprucing your CV.

The Volunteering & Fundraising Fayre will have plenty of exhibitors ready to chat with you about local and national opportunities to make a difference.

Where? Marquee 1 & 2, next to the Union (B40), Highfield campus

When?  Tuesday 27 September between 11:00-15:00

Tickets – FREE ADMISSION

Find out who else is going on our official Facebook event.

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MedSoc Bunfight

We understand that our medical and healthcare students work very different schedules to our other members. That’s why we support MedSoc, which is a collective name for our student groups run for and by medical students. You can get involved in anything from sport to volunteering, as well as gaining welfare and career support. Medsoc run their own Bunfight in addition to our Bunfight: Student Groups Fayre for you to find out more about everything they do.

Where? Marquee 1 & 2 next to the Union (B40), Highfield campus

When? Thursday 29 September between 10:00-16:00

Tickets – FREE ADMISSION

Find out more about MedSoc on their Facebook page.

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Winchester

US. WSA Fayre

Find out everything our Union can offer you as a student studying at WSA. Over the past few years, some of you have worked with us to form your own Winchester-based student groups, so this Fayre acts like our Union Fayre and Bunfight: Student Groups Fayre all rolled into one – specifically targeted to our students studying at WSA.

Pick up your free Union bag, filled with fee food, toiletries and Union Southampton branded items, all on us.

Meet a selection of our 300+ student groups and societies and see what new activities you could join while you study here.

From ballet to basketball and cake decorating to concert band, we have a student group for everyone.

Where? The Union, Winchester campus (by the WSA Cafe) – we will put up signs so you know exactly where to find stuff on the day

When?  Tuesday 04 October between 14:00-18:00 – get there early to pick up your Union Fayre bag

Tickets – FREE ADMISSION

Find out more on our official Facebook event.

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Don’t forget that if you are based in WSA, we are running FREE transport for you on top of our shuttle bus so you can come to our fayres based at Southampton as well.