What to Expect


How is Freshers' Week working this year?

We’re giving every student, from first year to last year, a Freshers' Week experience to remember.


Freshers isn’t just about being new to Glasgow - it's about meeting old friends after summers apart, trying new things and having some fun before the academic year begins. With last year cancelled, it’s more important than ever that Freshers' Week is back!


That’s why the two Student Unions on campus, Glasgow University Union (GUU) and the Queen Margaret Union (QMU), have teamed up like never before, presenting a joint programme across 10 jam-packed days to introduce everyone to The Home of Glasgow Student Nightlife.

Your FW2021 Wristband

To access our exclusive evening Freshers' events during the week (13th-17th September), you'll need a FW2021 Wristband.

These wristbands will be FREE OF CHARGE and available to all incoming first year students.

To pick up your band, all you need is your Student ID or Confirmation of Studies email and a form of photographic ID.

Wristbands can be collected from either GUU or QMU from Friday 10th of September.

All our wristbands are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Collection Points:

Glasgow University Union

Grass areas beside the building

Everyday 11am - 6pm

Queen margaret Union

Collection from the information stand in the entrance hall.

Friday then everyday from Sunday 12th 11am - 5pm

Oakfield avenue

Collection from GUSA stall, outside the Stevenson building.

Everyday 11am - 4pm

what exactly is Freshers' Week?

Freshers’ Week is 10 days to remember which will launch your University of Glasgow experience. As well as meeting new people in your year, you’ll be able to see what you can do outside of classes to add to your experience at university. The two student unions have been working tirelessly to ensure that you can have a safe, but also extremely fun Freshers' Week and look forward to seeing you in September whether your home is Glasgow or Scotland already, or it is your new home!


Freshers' Week is a great way to gain new skills, find your passion, forge friendships for your university life and beyond, all whilst beginning the journey to your degree! From taster sessions, to the events the Unions are putting on to help you meet your fellow Freshers, we have it all to give you a perfect taste of what university life is all about, and allow you to welcome yourself into a new stage of your life!


The University of Glasgow is unique in that we have four student organisations on campus compared to the typical one organisation. Each has a different function in providing services to students whether they specialise in social activities, welfare, representation or sports but all aim to deliver an amazing experience for University of Glasgow students. The two unions have created a schedule for Freshers' during the week with some other events for current students and freshers' before leading up to the week! You can find the SRC and GUSA Welcome events for all students here.


For enquiries about disability access and support, please get in touch with the Disability Service at disability@gla.ac.uk 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.