Well done for getting into Southampton University! We are sure you’ll love it here, and we believe that you are here for a reason. Freshers’ Week is such an exciting time at university because it’s when you get the chance to meet so many new people and decide the type of person you want to be. It’s full of events, new experiences and, most likely, getting lost on the bus… As the Christian Union, we want to make you feel as welcome as possible, so we’re putting on a load of events for you: giving you the chance to get to know us and what we believe, as well as providing the opportunity for you to meet lots of new people. Please come along, enjoy, and ask any questions you may have!
What’s going on this week? Whatever you believe and whatever you may be into, be it sports, music, or just free food - we’d love to meet you and chat with you. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with events that are going on. If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com
Move in (Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September)
As you all arrive on the 23rd and 24th September, keep an eye out for people in blue t-shirts: these will be members of the Christian Union who are there to help you move your stuff into your rooms. Come and say hi and they’ll be able to give you more information about the events we’re holding.
BBQs and Doughnuts (Monday 25th September)
It’s your first day in your new home and to be honest, you’re a bit scared of that big shiny oven in the kitchen. You haven’t cooked for yourself before and you don’t really fancy beans on toast for lunch... We’ll be there to make it easier on your first day! Come and join us for a BBQ in Chamberlain, Glen Eyre, Highfield and Montefiore Halls. Look out for our blue t-shirts from 1-3pm, come and grab a burger (veggie options available), and chat to us about uni life, CU and anything else.
If you’re in one of the other halls - don’t fear! There’ll be more people in blue t-shirts handing out doughnuts from 1-3pm. We’d love to chat and get to know you a bit more.
Hall Groups (Tuesday 26th September)
On Tuesday, each halls of residence have a Hall Group that meets from 7.30-9pm at different places in their halls (follow the link below to get more details). This is a welcoming and open community of students that meet weekly to read and discuss a passage from the Bible that equips and enthuses them with the Good News of Jesus. During this time, they will also pray for each other and the halls that they meet in.
Once a month, Hall Groups organize and run events in their accommodation blocks to love and serve their halls. These events may practically or socially serve the halls, or they may open up direct opportunities to talk with people about the Gospel and further invite them to join Hall Group to investigate more.
On this first Tuesday there will be a social to allow you to get to know each other better. Socials vary between halls; maybe it’ll be a pub social, or a trip to the local ice cream parlour. Find your hall group for more info!
Bunfight (Wednesday 27th September)
On Wednesday, it is the Bunfight. This is where you’ll have the chance to sign up to all the different societies. Go and check out the SUCU stall and find out about what weekly events we offer. We’d love to meet you! You can also look here.
Games on the Common (Thursday 28th September)
For all those sporty people out there (and those not-so-sporty people), this is the opportunity for you to come and have a kick around, play a game of rounders, or even try your hand at the new game Spikeball – a CU favourite. We will be meeting at 1.50pm at the Highfield Interchange, or on the other side of the underpass opposite to Avenue Campus at 2-4pm to get some fresh air and explore the beautiful Common. Refreshments will be provided.
Acoustic Night (Thursday 28th September)
Whether you absolutely love music or are just happy to listen and chat, Acoustic Night is a chance to come and listen to some of the talent from SUCU on Thursday from 7-9pm in the SUSU Cafe. Additionally, a few people will be giving their testimonies and talking about how Jesus has transformed their lives. Come along, chat, and meet some new people in a relaxed atmosphere.
Unite (Friday 29th September)
Unite is the CU’s main weekly meeting held in Building 32 (EEE), Lecture Theatre A from 7.30-9pm every Friday. It’s where the whole CU gather together to praise God and meet friends. Come along and find out what we as a CU believe.
Pre-Unite Pizza (Friday 29th September)
Before the first Unite of the year, there will be the opportunity for freshers to come along for some pizza and the chance to get to know each other. Meet your hall group leaders in your halls, (Information about hall groups) and walk down to 286 Burgess Road, arriving at 6pm where we will share pizza together. We will then walk to Unite together.
Buy-a-Fresher-a-Pint/Scoops (Friday 29th September)
After the first Unite, find yourself an older student and they will take you for a free ice cream or pint; your choice. This is a great opportunity to talk to older SUCU members, as well as bag yourself a free Friday night treat!
The Mark Drama (Monday 2nd October)
On Monday, a group of students will be putting on the Mark Drama: A 90 minute performance of Jesus’ life as told in the Gospel of Mark. The show starts at 7.30pm at Portswood Church. It is definitely not one to be missed.
Quiz Night (Thursday 5th October)
Now that the stress of Freshers’ Week is over, come and test your general knowledge in this quiz evening, (there will be prizes!) hosted by the CU. Join us down at Bar 2 in the SUSU building.
Sign up to the buddy scheme, which will pair you with a current SUCU member to help you settle into uni life. All you have to do is fill out this form.
Want to find out more?
If Christianity is all a bit new to you, after Freshers’Week there will be a weekly group running for several weeks to answer your questions and explore your opinions, whether you want to know more or have decided to follow Jesus.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
If you have any question about anything please email our lovely freshers week organiser Esther at email@example.com