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WelcomeFest celebrations as new students arrive at the University of Hull


The University of Hull has welcomed around 3,900 new students to the city with a series of events organised by Hull University Union.

WelcomeFest is comprised of over 60 activities, which began when the new cohort of students arrived on Saturday, 14 September. The festivities will last for two weeks ending on Sunday, 29 September before studies begin.

New and returning students can find the schedule, event times and any associated costs on the free WelcomeFest app available to download from app stores. 

The official Welcome Party kicked off with Cascada performing at Asylum and many more eventsare planned to help new students make friends and settle into university life, including: 

  • Sports and societies fairs, a glitter themed party at Tower nightclub and weekly bingo.
  • Alcohol free events are popular again with more than 40 marked on the schedule, such as, Tea & Chat, speed-friending, games night and sober karaoke.
  • For those who like being active, they can take part in squash, indoor rock climbing, yoga, roller disco and a trip to Big Fun – the largest soft play area in the UK.
  • Trips further afield are planned too, such as, Beverley, York, Atom Brewery and a Beach Clean Day in Bridlington.
  • A family friendly trip to Flamingo Land has been popular as students with children can bring their family along to enjoy the experience too.
  • There are 19 events marked as ‘Give it a Go’ encouraging students to try something new, like flag making and mug making.
  • The Parent Zone, held on Saturday, was a new addition to this year’s WelcomeFest to help parents and guardians who may have questions for university staff.
  • Students are encouraged to stand in solidarity against climate change by joining the Global Climate strikes. This will take place outside Student Central on Friday 10-11am, before moving on to Queen’s Gardens in the city centre. Hull University Union are shutting down their services and operations for the hour. Everyone is welcome to join the strikes, student or staff.


Hull University Union runs a Give It a Go programme, which offers one off, no commitment trips and events specifically for students, all subsidised up to 50%. This allows students to stretch their budgets further so they can enjoy more activities over the two weeks and meet more fellow students. 

More students than ever before will be living on campus in brand new accommodation. For those who live off campus, a nightbus will be available during term time to drop students off around the local area.

Isobel Hall, President of Hull University Union, who has worked with East Yorkshire Buslines to launch the scheme, said: “Asylum nightclub and in particular our long-running student night, The Tower on a Wednesday is a favourite for many of our students. Safety on campus is a high priority for us as an organisation, and we are continually working to make sure we can provide one of the safest nights out in Hull. I think it’s amazing that we can now offer an affordable and safe way for students to get home - it allows the students to enjoy their night out even more.”

Isobel has also spearheaded the introduction of a Safe Campus Card, a contact card available for students at the start of the academic year. It provides phone numbers and contact details of a wide range of charities, organisations and services that can help students, should they need it.

It includes contact details of Hull University Union, University of Hull Services, Emergency and Non-Emergency Services, East Yorkshire Busline and Campus Security. The mental health services provided include the NHS Response Service, Samaritans and Let’s Talk.

Abi Morris, President of Inclusivity and Diversity at Hull University Union, who led this project alongside Isobel, said: “Through providing Safe Campus Cards we want students to feel empowered to exercise informed choices and report incidents, should they need or want to. We hope to encourage a cultural shift amongst the student population.

“The cards are business card size, which is the perfect size to keep on your person at all times. They can be stored in a purse/wallet, in the back of a phone case or in a lanyard – making them easily accessible if ever needed. We also made it a priority to get them in 100% recycled card.”

The University of Hull and Hull University Union are excited to welcome new and returning students back to the city.



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