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Making the most of Freshers' Fair

Freshers’ Fair is your chance to find out about university societies and pick up some freebies. Find out how to make the most of it.

Check the schedule

While most universities will have a big, main 'clubs and societies' fair, many also run smaller, more specialist events as well. For example, there might be a separate fair for sports clubs or volunteering opportunities. Make sure you check the details carefully so you don't miss out on a society that really interests you.

Don't play hard to get

If you've just got a shiny new university email address, this is your chance to break it in by signing up for as many mailing lists as possible. Not sure whether you're interested in the Worm-Charming Society? Sign up anyway - that way you can get a better idea of what's on offer, and you can always unsubscribe later.

However, be more cautious with businesses: their emails are more likely to be trying to part you from your money, and might be harder to unsubscribe from.

Rake in the freebies

The businesses, employers and recruiters at the fair have a slightly higher marketing budget than the amateur dramatics club, so their stands can be a treasure-trove of vouchers, food, stationery and T-shirts. You might have to listen to a sales pitch or sign up for a newsletter or seven, but you'll be able to cross a few things off your shopping list. Bring a bag, and arrive early to snag the best offers.

Go in a group

Wandering around looking at stalls may not be your first choice of social activity, but it has its advantages. You'll learn all about your new friends' bizarre interests, and they might encourage you to try out something new. You're also less likely to get bored and slip away early if you're with other people, reducing the chances that you'll miss out on something great.

Go back next year 

It might be called Freshers’ Fair, but at many universities you can go along whatever year you're in. So if you didn't make the most of it in first year, or you just want to try something new, find out whether your university's fair is open to all students. Sometimes non-first years will have to go on a certain day, or there will be a separate 'Refreshers' Fair' for them.

In your second year, you'll have a better idea of how much time you have and what you're interested in, so you might get even more out of it than before.

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