Welcome to the Bubble: A Guide to Fresher’s Week

It’s nearly that time again, when St. Andrew’s cobbled streets will be alive with the faces of suntanned (at least for Scotland) students. A gentle introduction into the student way of life is out of the question, get ready to be plunged into the best that St. Andrews has to offer: it’s Fresher’s Week.

Pulling together the events that will become your dream fresher’s can be a daunting task. But we’ve tried to ease your nervous minds, with a handy little guide to some of the events taking place this Fresher’s week.

**words of wisdom** I won’t lie, it’ll be hard, but you’ll survive with one of the best weeks of your life! (and possibly an earthshattering headache)


Kicking of the week with a baptism of fire, the Union welcomes you to The Bubble. Opening Club 601 that has been in the works for the last 2 years, this is a night to remember, even if it’s purely for your lack of memory.


Its time to fight for the pride of your hall, they will be your brothers and sisters, bonded in face paint and a questionable hall song (University hall, I’m looking at you), It’s Clan Warfare! After years of research, at St. Andrews we decided bonding was best achieved over tequila shots and bean eating competitions. Let the games commence.


A break from the regular Club 601 DJ’s, this Union is hosting Club 601 live a fantastic concert of live music, featuring Fickle Friends, marked to be the next big things in indie-pop music, making a pit stop between Fieldview Festival and Bestival. Supported by the rock band Carnabys and a concert from St. Andrews famous A Cappella groups.


Ever wondered what it would be like to see the gravity defying hair of Ireland’s favourite twins in person? Well wonder no more; Jedward is coming to St. Andrews. From the X-factor to the Eurovision stage, armed with their (in) famous songs ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby). You have to be a little curious, surely?


Invest in your old/new Scottish roots and learn how to ‘Strip The Willow’ at the first Ceilidh Dance of the year. Followed with an equally St. Andrews experience, Sinners the most infamous Union night. Pick your sports team, and cross your fingers you don’t wake up on the 18th Green.


Revisit Club 601, hosting another X-Factor find: Union J. Kicking of their Scottish tour with St. Andrews, prepare those One Direction-esque screams. If that isn’t your cup of tea, grab a Starfields ticket, the biggest event of Fresher’s, hosted on Lower College Lawn. Running from 6pm-12pm, the festival vibe will have you reaching for your flower hair band just when you thought the summer was over. Headlining are Klingande, with other acts to be announced.


Launching the new Club night at 601 P.U.L.L, featuring resident DJ Alasdair Todd, a homegrown St. Andrews talent. For those looking to escape the Union check out Fore to the Floor presented by Under Canvas, prepping your eardrums and whetting your appetite for St. Andrews own mini music festival in support of Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Let them propel you into the weekend with jammin’ house and techno, in their first music night at 1 Golf place, 9pm-1am.


Powering you through to Sunday (with the aid of a few Messybombs) is SUB 601, in collaboration with Lightbox Creative St. Andrews, featuring Dutch house duo TV Noise.


If you manage to leave the house on Sunday before 5pm, then wander down to the union for the Freshers’ Fayre. Pop in anytime between 10.30 and 4.30 to have a look at some of the many societies on offer to you as a student in St Andrews. Everything from PhotoSoc to A Cappella to Art History Society, there’s something for everyone at the Freshers’ Fayre. We’ll even be there so come find us and say hello!

On Sunday evening, chill out and finally rest your poor liver. Get a glimpse of what St. Andrews will have to offer in your 4 years here, as the Union presents the best of the Universities musical, comedic and theatrical talent with This is St. Andrews. For a lower key affair, check out the Late Night Music Café at Taste, 8pm. Chill out in the cosy intimate setting of one of St. Andrews favourite cafes, with live music performances from St. Andrews Students.


Congratulations you survived!

Next challenge: stay awake in your first lecture….