Staff update Freshers 2023 launch

Today sees the launch of LJMU and JMSU’s Freshers programme for 2023, providing both new and returning students with information on events and activities across the Freshers period as well as important information as they begin or resume their university journeys.

JMSU’s Fresher’s Mini Site is now live, detailing our extensive programme of events and welcome activities throughout the month of September - designed to help new students make friends, settle in, learn more about JMSU and LJMU, and enjoy a smooth and fun start to university life. The site also includes advice, tips and important information students may need to enjoy the best possible university experience.

Although aimed at Freshers, events are open to all students, regardless of year of study. The main Freshers period will take place across two weeks, from Monday 18 to Friday 29 September 2023, with some additional events scheduled from Saturday 2 September for those ‘coming early.’ 

A series of themed ‘Freshers Focus’ events will take place across key campuses in Freshers week one (academic week 0), culminating in JMSU’s flagship event, Freshers Fair, at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on Friday 22 September. 

Freshers week two (academic week 1) will include a range of excursions, inclusive activities and social events designed to help students have fun, get to know their new city, and find their ‘squad’. 

For those arriving or returning before the official start of the Freshers period, our ‘Coming Early’ programme will run from Saturday 2 September to Friday 15 September, providing nursing, midwifery, international, and any other students starting in early September with additional opportunities to socialise and settle in. 

Staff are encouraged to direct new and returning students to the mini site for more information on Freshers and JMSU – tickets are available now for the ‘Coming Early’ events, with tickets for the remaining Freshers programme to follow on Monday 4 September.  

Here’s a taster of what’s in store for the LJMU welcome period 2023…

‘Coming Early’ activities 

Saturday 2 September (6pm to 7.30pm) 

Pool, shuffleboard and ping pong at Roxy’s Ballroom, Hanover Street. Free drink on arrival. 

Wednesday 6 September (12midday to 1pm) 

Postgrad Pop-up, Tithebarn Building. 

Friday 8 September (10am to 4pm) 

Nursing Freshers Fair, LJMU Sports Centre. 

Friday 8 September (7pm to 8.30pm) 

Lane 7 bowling, Clayton Square.

Thursday 14 September (12midday to 1pm) 

Speed Meet Up, Activities Space, SLB. 

Friday 15 September (12midday to 1pm) 

Speed Meet Up, Activities Space, SLB.

Friday 15 September (6pm to 8pm) 

Boom Battle Bar, L1 (Darts, Pool Table, Beer Pong and Ping Pong Table included). 

‘Welcome Week 1’ activities (induction and academic calendar week 0)

Monday 18 September (10am to 2pm) 

Cirque du Bryom Freshers Focus 

Byrom Street. Carnival themed with food, games, brands and freebies. 

Monday 18 September (6pm to 7.30pm) 

Clay Sculpture Workshop, Activities Space, SLB.

Monday 18 September (5.45pm to 7pm) 

Game Over Escape Room, Kempston Street, L3 8HE.

Tuesday 19 September (10am to 2pm) 

The JLAD Staycation Freshers Focus 

John Lennon Art & Design Building. Beach-themed food, games, brands and freebies. 

Tuesday 19 September (5pm to 6.30pm) 

Baltic Culture Tour, Baltic Triangle. Students to meet at JMSU reception, SLB, for 5pm. 

Tuesday 19 September (6pm to 8pm) 

Archery, LJMU Sport Building. 

Wednesday 20 September (10am to 2pm) 

The SLB Freshtival Freshers Focus 

Student Life Building. Music, food, crafts and freebies. 

Wednesday 20 September (1.50pm to 4.30pm) 

The LFC Stadium Tour with Museum & Boom Room Exhibition. Students to meet at JMSU reception, SLB, for 1.50pm – return transport provided.  

Wednesday 20 September (6pm to 7pm) 

Mindfulness and Therapeutic Writing workshop, Activities Space, SLB. 

Thursday 21 September (10am to 2pm) 

John Foster Garden Party Freshers Focus 

John Foster Building. Food, games, brands and freebies. 

Thursday 21 September (6pm to 8.30pm) 

Hot Water Comedy Club. Students to meet at JMSU reception, SLB. 

Thursday 21 September (6pm to 8pm) 

Raveminton, LJMU Sport Building. 

Friday 22 September (10.30am to 5pm) 

Freshers Fair, Exhibition Centre, King’s Dock, Liverpool
JMSU's biggest event of the year is a chance for all students to speak to and join JMSU sports and societies, get involved with volunteering and work experience opportunities, and bag loads of freebies. There will be a quiet half an hour from 10.30am for those who prefer less crowds and noise. 

Friday 22 September (6pm to 8pm) 

Candle Making Workshop, Activities Space, SLB. 

Saturday 23 September (7.15am to 8pm) 

Alton Towers trip. Students to meet at JMSU reception, SLB, at 7.15am. Return transport provided.

Sunday 24 September (8.45am to 6pm) 

Chester Zoo trip. Students to meet at JMSU reception for 8.45am. Return transport provided. 

‘Welcome Week 2’ activities (academic calendar week 1)

Monday 25 September (6pm to 8.30pm)

Jewellery Making Workshop, Activities Space, SLB.  

Monday 25 September (5.40pm to 7pm) 

NQ64 Liverpool, Colquitt St, L1 4DE. Students to meet at JMS reception, SLB for 5.45pm. Ticket includes one cup of tokens and a drinks voucher. 

Tuesday 26 September (6pm to 8pm) 

Pub Quiz, The Lime St Central Pub & Restaurant, 51 Lime St, L1 1JQ. Pub quiz hosted by JMSU officers. Ticket holders will be given a drinks voucher on arrival. 

Tuesday 26 September (7.30pm to 9.30pm) 

Open-Air Cinema, John Lennon Art & Design Building (grass area outside). 

Wednesday 27 September (12midday to 3pm) 

Find Your Community, SLB. Event to help students find their community or get support with starting their own community. The event will include stalls from various communities, a presentation, and a lunch. 

Wednesday 27 September (6.40pm to 9pm) 

Paint and Sip – Starry Night Over Liverpool. Arts Bar Baltic, 27 Parliament St, L8 5RN. 

Thursday 28 September 

Accommodation drop-ins: Moorfield (9.30am to 1pm), Glassworks (1.30pm to 5pm), Byrom Point (9.30am to 1pm) and Atlantic Point (1.30pm to 5pm) 

Thursday 28 September (6pm to 7.45pm) 

Axe Throwing, Hatchet Harry’s, 8 Gibraltar Row, L3 7HJ. 

Thursday 28 September (5,30pm to 7.30pm) 

Gaming Night, Activities Space, SLB. Arcade games, board games and console games.  

Friday 29 September (7.30pm to 9.30pm) 

Open Air Cinema, Tithebarn Building (grass area outside). 

Friday 29 September (7pm to 11pm) 

Bingo Lingo, Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland St, Liverpool L1 0BY. 

More information for staff

For more information about the Freshers Programme of events run by JMSU, please email 


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