Freshers’ Hub FAQ’s
Please note these FAQs are from September 2020.
We know this is a time of uncertainty, and you’ll probably have so many questions as you get ready to join us in Exeter. We’ve put together some FAQ’s below of some of the most common questions we’ve had, but please do get in touch with us on social media or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find out something that isn’t on this page.
What is Freshers’?
Freshers' is here to help you settle into university life at Exeter and to give you opportunities to meet new people and make friends. Everyone will experience Freshers’ in different ways and will want to try different things – we’re here to help you make the most out of yours. Each and every one of our students is welcome and encouraged to get involved!
When is Freshers’?
Freshers’ is from 14-20 September, however we'll be making sure there's plenty to get stuck into for students starting slightly later, including for postgraduate students. We know this year is totally different to others, so we're making sure that there are opportunities to get involved and meet people throughout term 1 and the whole year.
I’m arriving later than Freshers’ week – how can I get involved with Freshers’?
Many students are arriving later than Freshers’, however this doesn’t mean that you’ve missed out! With many of the events on offer being digital, you can get involved before you come to Exeter, and we’re also going to be holding specific events for students arriving later, including for postgraduate students. We’re absolutely committed to ensuring you get a great welcome experience to Exeter whenever you join us! We've also launched our Get Connected campaign, which will include loads of events for you to get involved with and meet people throughout term one.
How is this year going to be different to Freshers’ years previously?
Sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic it will be very different from a usual year, however we're committed to making sure you still have plenty of opportunities to make friends and get settled into university life. This year has taken a digital focus, as unfortunately the University have taken the decision that our societies are not allowed to run events on campus. Find out more.
Will there be a Freshers’ Fair this year?
This year we held an online Freshers' Fair from 16-20 September, which was really succesful! Several thousand students made use of the opportunity to chat and join up to societies, pick up freebies and deals from brands and find out a bit more about what they can get involved with at Exeter. Even though the Fair is over, you can visit the societies section of the Fair for a month after it closes, perfect for any students starting later. Find out more here.
What safety measures are in place to make sure I’m safe?
We're following University and Government guidance. Make sure you've read the University's coming to campus guidance here. We'll also be updating our coronavirus webpage as regularly as we can with updated guidance and information.
How can I join a society?
Head over to our societies webpage, where you can check out the 300+ student led societies! Memberships will be open from 1 September – no experience needed! You're welcome to join any society even if you've never tried it before. Don’t forget, many of our societies will be at the Freshers’ Fair, which is a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A MEMBERSHIP NOW?
Once you’ve registered with the University, it may take a short while for them to send your data across to us which is used to create your Guild website account. You don't need a society membership to attend any of the online events or tasters. The aim with the tasters and our Freshers' Fair next week is for you to meet and try out lots of societies before you pick the ones you want to join- so there is plenty of time!
Do I need to book onto events?
Some events you’ll need to book onto, and some you won’t. Each event should tell you clearly if you need to or not – if you’re not sure, just give us a shout!
Are there nightclub events/wristband packages this year?
Due to COVID restrictions, we are limited with the events we can do so unfortunately there will be no nightclub events or Freshers’ Ball this year. Depending on how the pandemic and restrictions develop, we will look at how we can hold events later in the year – stay tuned!
There are some companies/promoters who are currently selling tickets to ‘Freshers’ events’ – we would like to stress that these are not linked to the Students’ Guild or the University of Exeter in any way, and we would recommend you are cautious if dealing with these events/promoters. Current restrictions mean many of the events being advertised are not actually happening.
I CAN'T LOG ONTO yOUR WEBSITE
If you can't access our website right now, please be patient as there is a natural delay between you gaining access to iExeter, registering with Student Records and the data coming to us. This data then creates your account on our website. Please note, you don't have to purchase society memberships at the moment to access any of our Freshers' Week digital events or activities.