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B-side’s Top 4 hypebeast pieces and what to style them with!

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There’s no shortage of streetwear labels at the moment in London. London’s streetwear culture has exploded, rivalling streetwear giants from the fashion hubs of New York, Paris and Milan, but B-side’s distinctly East London styling somewhere between the kerb and boutique sets them apart.  With the release of their newest collection, Walé Adeyemi’s designs incorporates the graffiti stylings he’s known for with Neon accents and techwear inspiration. So we here at the Freshers festival are bringing you our favourite pieces with some extra style pairings to inspire a full fit pic, without having to talk to the Student Loans Company for an early instalment.


The MOTION windbreaker incorporates those Techwear cues we mentioned earlier. While that normally means: a function focused; all black; modern day ninja prepared for dystopia. The windbreaker adds its own minimal London fashion flair with its neon armbands for a pop of colour. Its sleek minimalism is timeless, so head here and buy nice not twice.

Style pairing: Yeezy 700 Mauve or Inertia

We’ve cheated a little because this is two options, but hear us out first. The chunky silhouette of Kanye’s yeezy 700 works well in contrast to the MOTION windbreaker’s clean lines, but picking a colourway to cop is always hard. The Yeezy 700 Mauve has neon hits in the same colour palette. However, the Yeezy Inertia has neon but will stand out more with its muted tones on the rest of the shoe. Either way it’s the perfect chunky dad trainer to complement your techwear inspired ‘grams.


Here’s a grail of the collection. The Rainbow Print hoodie’s minimalism makes it an easy item to match with a lot of outfits, but the letterman style is something we can all wear with PRIDE.

Simple, subtle, classic.

Find it here.

Style Pairing: Clear trucker jacket

Top tip for an easy way to make the rainbow accents stand out even more and be festival garms ready. A clear trucker jacket means you can always be repping and ready for English weather. Plus clear clothing is about as fashionista as it gets, and this one from Levi’s won’t leave you pot noodle bound for a semester.


An extra one for our Bsideldn ladies now, the MILY cropper is also for the function obsessed techwear types, but it brings our favourite design cue of the whole collection. The back has the word ‘community’ defined in its bold neon accents. Which is an ethos we think everyone can get behind (and its high fashion look helps). Find it here.

Style pairing: Straight leg denim

The MILY has tonnes of fresh street style flair with its asymmetry, neon, and ethos. It’s definitely a statement piece. So if you matched it with a lot of neon on the lower half, you’d potentially look rather 80s. (Yes we know the 80s is always a look.) Yet simple straight leg denim will keep your statement piece exactly that. The statement piece.


A graphic Tee is a stable of everyone’s wardrobe and the OG GRAFF Tee should be a staple. The graffiti letters spelling out ‘Be who you want’ brings UK streetwear and Bside’s Ethos to the fore with messages we all can love. Instant cop.  

Find it here.

Style pairing: Cargo pants

Again hear us out, the OG GRAFF T-shirt has a solid boxy fit that streetwear has come to love in recent years with the rise of oversized & vintage pieces. So the cargo pant has moved away from a rejected item of handyman or dad clothing. It’s wide leg fit and utilitarian cues have made it hypebeast worthy, with both PALACE and Supreme releasing cargo pants in recent drops.

Those are our top 5 pieces from B-side’s newest collection, but with a brand of 20 years they definitely have more pieces worth checking out here and to help your money go further use the code the code FreshersFestival15 at check out for 15% off!

Do you think we missed out an important piece? Or our pairing’s ill advised? (Cargo pants are the future). Tell us and B-side on Twitter or Instagram.

Hollywood Bowl

Jump down to Pink Pin Fridays at Hollywood Bowl with 2 games for £7.50 Monday to Thursday from the UK’s best ten pin bowling experience.

Citizens Theatre

Citizens Theatre is offering a free post show talk for Trainspotting for 27th September when you buy a discounted student ticket at £9.50 plus 10% discount at bar.


Sonnet Youth Slam Special at Drygate: A spoken word house party. 2-4-1 Pizza Menu,15% Student Discount and Craft beer. Featuring special headline from authour Agnes Török.

Freshers’ Festival

Get ready for the biggest student party of the year at George Square at Freshers’ Festival! Visit global food and drink specialists, leading charities and popular local businesses. Get your hands on massive discounts and heaps of freebies from your favourite pubs and clubs, restaurants, activity centers and retail providers.
You’ll also have the chance to see incredible live entertainment and win exclusive prizes!
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95 Reasons to get to Freshers’ Festival 2016!

  1. Our MASSIVE medley of freebies, giveaways – including food & drink, branded merchandise, iPads, booth packages and cosmetics!
  2. The insane number of discounts and offers from your fave retailers, restaurants, pubs & clubs, activity centers, gyms and more!
  3. For the ambitious freshers among you, we’ll have jobs and opportunities suitable for all lifestyles and interests from careers that allow you to travel the world, to salaried jobs and festival work!
  4. This year’s festival is held at George Square, Glasgow. This iconic and historic square is enough to keep you in high spirits with its outdoor festival magic!
  5. There’ll be live music and entertainment to keep you boogying all day! Come along to the fest to find out who’ll be playing.
  6. Freshers’ Festival is the biggest and best student festival in the UK, last year saw a whooping 8,000 students attend! So keep your calendars open and your party pants on.
  7. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Freshers’ Festival, so it’s guaranteed to be the best we’ve seen yet!
  8. Ad Lib will be giving out sliders and American treats (popcorn and brownies, anyone?) as well as discount cards and meal prizes!
  9. Americamp will have goody bag prizes, free biscuits & Irn Bru!
  10. If you’re a fitness fanatic, Anytime Fitness are giving away promo codes, t-shirts and free gym memberships!
  11. AXM, one of Scotland’s best gay clubs, will be bringing info and offers on their student nights.
  12. If you’re partial to the odd burrito, Barburrito will be bringing along delicious nosh and giving you the chance to win a year’s supply for burritos!
  13. Win a private VIP party with Bloc+ and chat with them about their promos and live music!
  14. Slurp down some slushies, grab discount key fobs and goody bags with Bread + Butter!
  15. One of Glasgow’s most popular clubs, Buff Club, are offering tickets to their boat party on social media, and they’ll have mystery giveaways up their sleeves!
  16. Camp America will have info on working in the US, and will pamper you with freebies and sweets.
  17. Guess the Elephant’s name competition with Challenges Abroad: get the chance to win hoodies and pens and find out about volunteering overseas!
  18. Calling all movie lovers! Cineworld will have ticket giveaways and codes to score 13 months unlimited movies for the price of 12!
  19. For the chance to win a pair of tickets to Trainspotting or The Rivals swing by the Citizens Theatre stall!
  20. Taking your car up to or commuting? City Parking is offering discount cards, tickets and free parking!
  21. CRM Students are showcasing their top-notch accommodation to find you the perfect pad in Glasgow or Edinburgh!
  22. For drinks promos and cheap nosh, visit Driftwood and find out about student nights and club nights!
  23. Looking for somewhere to crash on a night out? Or not looking forward to the last train home? Book a VIP luxury suite with Euro Hostel for as little as £14.00pp and beds for a mere £10.00pp! Look out for massive prizes, discounts and giveaways!
  24. To keep up to date with exclusive prizes, join the chat by downloading yada, the festival’s official app!
  25. Indie fan? Have a chat with Firewater to find out about student nights and to grab some awesome merch.
  26. If you’re keen for a tatt in time for uni, swing by the Forevermore stall for more info on ink, body piercing and high-end jewelry!
  27. Get the boost of energy you need with a health kick from the folks at Fuel Juice Bars!
  28. Look out for Glasgow’s top pubs & clubs with G1!
  29. Iconic clubs Garage & Cathouse will have interactive games and giveaways including Mac Books!
  30. For info on fertility and donating, talk to GCRM.
  31. Girl Guiding Glasgow will have volunteering opportunities and free smores!
  32. Interested in a career in the military? Glasgow Universities’ Officer Training Corps will be there to discuss careers and opportunities.
  33. Whizz around the city and stay safe with Glasgow Taxis! Get to their stall to find out about student programs and offers.
  34. Look out for the Gym Group and info on classes and memberships!
  35. Homes for Students will also have fantastic flat shares and accommodation available for all walks of life.
  36. Paintballing, meal vouchers, and passes to M&Ds, just some of the giveaways from Infertility Network UK!
  37. The International Paintball Group will also have info on tickets and parties!
  38. One of your faves Revolution will have mystery freebies and offers!
  39. Quit squintin’ and grab some new frames from IOLLA and find out about student deals.
  40. Best student haunt JD Wetherspoons will be bringing The Counting House and vouchers valuing up to £100!
  41. Freshers’ week wouldn’t be the same without KOKOMO and Bamboo! Visit their stall to see what they’re up to.
  42. For the chance to win one of 100 VIP booth package giveaways swing by and see Light!
  43. Have a swatch at jobs and opportunities from Royal Naval Reserve.
  44. For free candy floss, sweets and merch as well as the chance to win a booth and bottle for freshers’ week, swing by and see Missoula.
  45. Cinema lovers, Odeon will have unlimited subscription offers and popcorn galore!
  46. Student discounts and offers will be up for grabs for Hollywood Bowl.
  48. Win free games and a year’s pass with Paradise Island Adventure Golf!
  49. Pick up delicious bites from Prep Fitness Kitchen.
  50. Find out about the work of the Rotary Club and how you can be involved.
  51. Win a VIP table package with Lola’s & Saint Jude’s!
  52. Have your voice heard in parliament and take part in political change with Scottish Youth Parliament.
  53. Register for a smart card for subway goodies with Glasgow Subway!
  54. Delicious and mouth watering mac n’ cheese samples will there to munch from McIntosh Foods!
  55. Sandwich fanatics rejoice! Subway will be giving out discount cards.
  56. Cut some mean shapes with Glasgow’s Sugarcube!
  57. Look out for info on careers and courses with TEFL.
  58. For bike repairs and expeditions, chat with The Bike Station.
  59. Grab £25 vouchers by swinging by the Chiquito stall!
  60. Your fave shooter bar Tingle will be at the fest! Find out about their giveaways and offers.
  61. Get a part time job with new Bombay Street Kitchen Chaakoo, or win amazing Mexican nosh with Topolabamba!
  62. Keep your eyes out for Douglas Park Golf Club and explore the best golfing facilities in the city!
  63. Discover top retailers and their offers with intu Braehead!
  64. There’ll be FREE PRIMERS AND MASCARAS for the first 500 attendees from Benefit Cosmetics! You can also chat with them about careers.
  65. Play games and win yummy chicken with Nando’s!
  66. Fancy being a promoter for Neon Energy Drink? Give them your best chat and find out about jobs!
  67. Look out for Bar Budda and their offers and info.
  68. Live life to the freshest by chatting with Fresh Student Living.
  69. Work at exciting venues and festivals all over Scotland with SecuriGroup!
  70. Speak to G1 Dental and get those gnashers looking snazzy!
  71. Glasgow Uni students unite! Look out for events with Glasgow University Union.
  72. Find out about the work of Queen Margaret Union and enter their comps.
  73. Print your own t-shirts for free and discounts for groups with Print It Yourself!
  74. Bust out some moves with Laser Quest Glasgow and grab tickets!
  75. Look out for goodies from top guys Maplin.
  76. Get fantastic sushi and authentic Japanese style with Yo! Sushi.
  77. Merchant City gurus Katie’s Bar are looking for students to party with!
  78. Pursue your passions and follow a new course with Open University.
  79. For massive student discounts and the chance to win an iPad jump by the Citylink stall!
  80. Grab gift cards and vouchers by signing up with St Enoch Centre!
  81. Get work and discounts on translation services with Global Language Services.
  82. Get happy with Happy Bus and find out about transport to your fave events and festivals!
  83. Donate and help out with Enable Scotland!
  84. Have a look out for Bounce Back and visit their stall.
  85. For the best house, dance and electronic music in Glasgow visit Sub Club!
  86. Find out about opportunities and leadership roles with Home Fundraising.
  87. Win free exclusive sessions with The Climbing Academy!
  88. Look out for the TriBeCa Group and win cocktails and food!
  89. Find out about training programs, internships and full time jobs with Webhelp UK.
  90. Get fit with memberships, offers and t-shirts with Xercise 4 Less.
  91. Travel around Scotland with info from McGills Buses.
  92. Have a chat about the best craft beer in the city with brewery masters Drygate!
  93. Volunteer for a worthwhile cause with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
  94. Keep an eye out for events and goodies from O2 ABC!
  95. Enjoy the biggest student party you’ve laid your eyes on and have the best two days of your academic year at Freshers’ Festival and grab tickets here!

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Tips For Staying Safe In The Big City

Fleeing the nest and landing in a new city for the first time can be overwhelming. You’ll experience a myriad of emotions that include confusion, excitement, nervousness, awe, fear and exhilaration. This rabid concoction of emotional energy can often culminate in unfamiliar situations or a desperate reliance on Google maps. Navigating your new nest without any unwanted encounters is crucial to relishing your time in a new city.

So we’ve teamed up with the folks at Glasgow Taxis Ltd to ensure your time studying in the bright lights of Glasgow is the best that it can be. Here are our top tips for staying safe in the big city.


Plan your journey

If you know you’re heading out and you’re not sure for how long you’ll be gracing the city with your presence, then looking up subway times and train times in advance is incredibly useful to avoid being stranded in unknown terrain. But the best way of ensuring a safe journey home is to book a cab in advance by calling 0141 429 7070 or by downloading and using the Glasgow Taxis Ltd app. Alternatively, grab a cab in a designated taxi rank at the end of the night – at weekends there are marshalled ranks on Gordon Street (Central Station), Sauchiehall Street, Albion Street and Byres Road. Be sure to look out for the yellow flag so you know it’s an official and fully licensed Glasgow Taxi.

With 24-hour service and over 800 iconic cars roaming the city – around two-thirds of all Glasgow’s hackneys, you’re guaranteed a qualified, trained and vetted driver who has a thorough knowledge of the city with all its nooks and crannies. Plus if you’ve spent all your change on £1 shots, you can easily pay by card – including contactless – and get home safely and securely.

People Make Glasgow Taxis. 29/10/13 Picture © Andy Buchanan 2013People Make Glasgow Taxis. Pictures are taxi drivers (L to R) Kevin McEntee, Andy Semple, Davie Coull. 29/10/13 Picture © Andy Buchanan 2013

If you’re left alone at the end of a night out and don’t have any means of payment by cash or card, Glasgow Taxis Ltd can come to the rescue. Operators of an emergency Safe Taxi scheme, Glasgow Taxis Ltd works with universities to make sure the late night trip home is a safe one for students left in such a scenario by allowing them to guarantee payment with their matriculation card. Students can access a Safe Taxi by calling Glasgow Taxis Ltd and quoting a code available from the university. The student will then give the driver their student card, and repay the cost to the Students’ Union when they collect their card after one working day.

And since being tucked up in bed with chips and cheese is the ideal end to any night, there’s no better way to ensure safe passage to score that snooze than with Glasgow Taxis. So keep an eye out at Freshers’ Festival for exclusive discounts, offers and info!

Make sure your phone is charged


Whipping out your trusty iPhone and finding it comatose in your bare hands is every student’s nightmare. You won’t be able to call a cab if your phone is out of juice, and since it’s 2016 phone boxes are unreliable at best, so making sure your phone is fully charged before leaving the flat will make your night safer and stress free.

Keep an eye on your valuables


Although movies have trained us to believe that pick pocketing is a quaint and quirky pastime for cute London orphans (Oliver’s ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two is annoyingly catchy) it can be rife in large cities and a massive bummer if someone nabs your phone, tablet or laptop. Keep valuables out of site and keep your bag securely closed to avoid a robbing and a subsequent broken bank balance.

Keep track of what you’re drinking


Having a few drinks out on the town is an integral part of Glaswegian student life, but if you find yourself in a dimly lit nightclub nursing a vodka lemonade in between epic dance moves, you need to be aware of the risks of leaving your drink unattended. There is a possibility of getting your drink spiked if you don’t keep an eye on it, so keep track of what you’ve been slurping, or keep your hand over your drink while you cut those mean shapes.

Stick together


You’re guaranteed a much safer night out if your squad escorts you home. Never walk home alone, especially if you don’t know the city well and could easily get lost. Looking out for your pals and vice versa, whether you’ve hit the club or you’re out for the day in a new area of the city, keeps you from harm and protects you from unpleasant encounters.

Have you got any tips for staying safe in the city? Give us your suggestions over on Twitter.

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Top Notch Topshop Freshers Discounts!

Oh goody! We love a good bargain, which is why we’re so excited that Topshop are offering all you lucky Freshers’ Festival attendees with an exclusive 20% discount from Topshop or Topman at Glasgow’s Argyle Street store. Yaldi!

We all know that there are few things more satisfying than starting a new academic year kitted out in lashings of new garments, right? So since you’re having to buy all those course books and a shedload of new stationery, why should your wardrobe miss out on all the fun?


That’s why Topshop has provided the perfect excuse to treat yourself with this awesome offer, giving you that extra helping hand to stock up on your Autumn/Winter attire. The discount will be valid during the two days of the event only on all items purchased in store. Simply present your student card upon purchase to benefit from this spectacular offer.

What’s more, we’ll have free buses pulling up at Argylle street every 30 mins during the day to make sure that you get from A to B; be sure to pop into Topshop to make the most of that 20% discount and keep the Freshers’ Festival spirit going!

We hope that you’ve got your alarm clocks set and your browser open to start bookmarking all those new outfits you’ve had your eye on for the year ahead. Have a top time!