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Who are we? - Your Students' Union, a Charity organisation at your University.

We do lots of cool stuff, such as:
A whole range of different events and activities (day & night), clubs & societies, and even well-being support & advice
- Pretty good right?!

Naturally, around this time of year, there will be lots of promoter events being advertised.

If you are only looking to join the OFFICIAL BRIGHTON FRESHERS lookout for the following:



Looking for updates on when information is released, early access to tickets, events and much more? Then our 2021 Freshtival Newsletter is for you!

Already a student at Brighton University and heading into your second year? Then you'll automatically be signed up to receive our Freshtival 2021 communications. If you're worried, or unsure, feel free to click the button below to sign-up again, or contact our Freshtival team so we can check for you! 

Official Freshers events across the country are ALWAYS run by Students’ Unions - charities which are best known for Freshers but do other cool stuff to help you through your education.

All Brighton Students’ Union events will be advertised nearer the time and will always feature our Brighton Students' Union logo. If you’re unsure, please reach out to us at

Please be wary and safe online, and don't get caught out by a scam or company profiteering off your uncertainty and anxiety to get involved.

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Wondering what's happening behind the scenes as we get ready for Freshtival 2021? Then you're in luck!

This year, our events team have released their very own social media pages for you to follow! Check out all the different pages and platforms that you can follow now for exclusive information and more: 

If you're worried that you might not be following Official Brighton Students' Union pages - always look for our logo. 

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How and where do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are now available to purchase through SEE Tickets, just click here to visit our ticketing platform! All wristbands and tickets will be digital this year so no need to come onto campus to collect them.

How do I know if I'm following the right accounts?

All of our Official Freshers 2021 content will feature our logos and branding (Brighton Students' Union.) If you are unsure, feel free to check with us via our email: before purchasing tickets. Alternatively, you can follow our social media channels for updates, a full list of events when they go live, and frequent updates on what your Students' Union is doing all year round.

Who are Brighton Students' Union

Brighton Students' Union is a supportive, representative, and fully independent charity run by students, for students. We're here for you every step of your journey as a student here at the University of Brighton. Coming to University is always a unique and exciting experience for any student. We're dedicated to making sure that every one of our 18,000 students feel both supported and empowered. We do this by working alongside the University and ensuring that students are at the forefront of every major decision they take. Some of the things we do (besides organising Freshers) include running vital campaigns & lobbying around the things you care about. Most recently, these include: COVID-19 Support, Lecture Capture, Hate Crime Awareness and much more. Looking for something fun to get involved with? We also support over 30+ student led societies and activities throughout the year!

I have a question that wasn't listed, who do I contact?

For any further information regarding freshers please email us at:

How does Freshtival work this year?

For this year’s Freshers we are going bigger than ever! We are hosting week programme jam packed with immersive and exciting events. We are offering 1 week for those of you joining us in September. We will also have a separate freshers week for those of you over on our Eastbourne campus. To stay up to date with our latest and OFFICIAL announcements make sure you are following our official socials. Click the links below.

Why should I get involved?

Freshers is one of the most memorable experiences you will have as a student. This year we have something for everyone whether you are into clubbing or activities, we have you covered. Not only do we have 2 weeks full of jam-packed themed events, but we also have an alternative programme of daytime activities, virtual events and an explorer day with plenty of offers and deals for you to get your teeth into.

Will I need a Covid passport?

We've had a number of enquirers regarding Covid Passports and our Freshtival events. Following the most recent announcements,
we can confirm that, in line with government legislation, Covid passports will not be required to attend any of our events. We will continue updating you on any changes, so keep an eye out on our social channels and website FAQs. Covid-19 remains a health risk and you should stay cautious to protect yourself and others. We advise you to continue taking regular lateral flow tests, and please do not attend any events if you have Covid-19 symptoms. For details on getting fully vaccinated, please visit the government website here: Stay aware and be kind.

Who can come to Freshtival?

Freshtival 2021 is aimed towards both first- and second-year students. Rewind is for second years and Reloaded is for our first years, however, we welcome any year group and first year masters students. This is typically only available to the University of Brighton students, if you are a Sussex student and have accidently found yourself on this page then please follow this link that takes you directly to your SU Freshers page. We also have a Freshtival week for our Eastbourne students specifically, so everyone gets to join in!

Do 3rd party wristbands work to get into Brighton Freshtival?

NO. Third party wristbands do not allow you entry to any of our events. As a union we advise you to purchase BSU wristbands only and follow our main social pages for updates and information. Third party companies will always be selling wristbands around this time of year, and we have no affiliation to these companies. Top Tip: If you look out for the BSU logo as well as following any link on our socials you are sure to have the right tickets.

What procedures do you have in place to ensure Freshtival is Covid Safe?

All of our events will only take place in line with the government guidelines. We are working closely with all parties involved to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for everyone. We will also be offering some virtual events for those of you that would still prefer to stay online. Your Safety Please only attend our events if you are showing NO symptoms of the following. The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

I am self-isolating/ in quarantine will I still be able to take part?

If you happen to find yourself having to isolate or in quarantine during our freshers weeks fear not. We will still have some virtual activities for you to get involved with.

What happens if we are in another national lockdown?

In the event of another lockdown all events will be postponed until the next possible dates, and you will have a choice between rolling your ticket over or receiving a full refund. This will simply be a click of a button away.

What happens if I catch Covid?

We have decided as a union to protect all Freshtival and other event tickets this year through a provider called Ticket plan. Just make sure you click the box to add it to your ticket. You may have realised that ticket prices are cheaper than previous years this is so that we can absorb that cost for you!

Will we have to have Covid Passports?

We will be following the Government guidelines very closely on this, come September. As will all the clubs and partners. When purchasing your ticket you will notice a tick box in which you will agree to follow the guidelines at the time to be able to enter. Unfortunately, this is not a union decision and is down to any new restrictions that the government implement.

Will I get a refund if I have a positive covid test?

Yes. This falls under your insurance with Ticket plan. When you purchase your ticket make sure you read all of the T’s&C’s and tick the box to add the insurance to your ticket. Remember, you are not paying any extra as we have deducted it from our previous prices as we wanted to make sure this was covered for you.

I am self-isolating will I still be able to take part?

We will have various online and virtual events for you to get your teeth into, so have no fear. We also have lots of events all the way up until Halloween so you will absolutely be able to attend events after your isolation period ends.

Where can I find the latest information on Boundary Festival?

All the latest information, advice, and guidance regarding Boundary Brighton Festival can be found on their Official website here: Info - Boundary Brighton Festival

What happened to REWIND?

Due to circumstances beyond our control and the ongoing implications of Covid-19, we have sadly had to take the decision to cancel Rewind (events week before Freshers). RELOAD (Freshers) is still taking place, and will now be even bigger and better as we have managed to move some of the acts all into one spectacular week. Check out our social media channels for the acts already confirmed. If you have brought tickets for Rewind, then your ticket will automatically be transferred to the RELOAD week - please check our website FAQ’s for more information or alternatively you can email you would like your REWIND ticket refunded. The good news is, all our free day-time ‘Give it a Go’ activities including Axe Throwing and retro Gaming will still be taking place 22nd September-1st October. Spaces are limited for these activities, so make sure you sign-up for them via our website on 13th September: Give it a Go | BSU Freshers 2021 (

How will wristband collection work for Freshers?

We have decided to introduce physical wristbands for this year’s Freshtival club events to reduce queue’s on entry. If you have already purchased or plan on purchasing a Freshtival ticket, then these are the times and locations in which you can grab them! Cockcroft Shop Wed 22nd Sept - Fri 24th Sept 08:30 – 18:00 Sat 25th Sept 12:00 – 18:00 Sun 26th Sept 12:00 – 18:00 Grand Parade Art Shop Wed 22nd Sept - Fri 24th Sept 09:30 – 16:30 Falmer Shop Wed 22nd Sept - Fri 24th Sept 10:00 – 16:00 Sat 25th Sept 12:00 – 18:00 Sun 26th Sept 12:00 – 18:00 Eastbourne Welkin BSU Gazebo Sat 25th Sept 12:00 – 18:00 Sun 26th Sept 12:00 – 18:00 All of these locations will be clearly signposted to, and will also feature our BSU staff in their teal shirts! Don't worry, you can still purchase wristbands online at: Brighton Students Union Freshers - Tickets from Brighton Students' Union Just don't forget to collect them!