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Why You Can’t Miss Freshers’ Festival This Year

For over a decade, students across Scotland have been flocking to Freshers’ Festival to fill their buckets and bellies with freebies and discounts, and revel in a two-day long event featuring Glasgow’s best clubs, pubs, eateries, music, accommodation and more!

And this year is definitely no different. In fact, you eager freshers are in for a real treat – with the chance to get your mitts on goodies from the coolest brands in the city and get involved in the fiercest attractions we’ve ever laid our eyes on. So make sure to get yourself along to George Square, 20th and 21st September, grab FREE VIP tickets and bring along pals for what will be the highlight of your student experience.

Keen to know more? From beauty samples and gym memberships, to club nights, microbreweries and movies (oh and heaps of free grub) here are just some of the reasons why you can’t miss Freshers’ Festival this year – you’re welcome!


Experience Glasgow’s Best Nightlife       

Whether you’re a newbie in town or always game for a party, for two days only, Freshers’ Festival will be home to the best nightlife in the city, offering discounts on drinks, events, club nights and more. If your music of choice means headbangin’ til the wee hours, then you’ll be delighted to hear metal and indie heroes Cathouse, Firewater and Garage will be in attendance at the fest.

If you prefer pop, hip hop and dance, then make way for O2 ABC, Subclub, Bamboo KOKOMO, AXM, Light, The Buff Club and The Shed. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also get to chat to Drygate Brewing Co., Shilling Brewing Co., Revolution, The Social and Driftwood for money off pints and cocktails. Sláinte!


Grab Delicious Grub & Fresh Coffee

From Mexican nosh and Indian delights to Sushi and pizza – we cater for everyone. Come and nab free samples from the likes of McIntosh Mac n’ Cheese, Chaakoo, Barburrito, Topolabamba, Yo Sushi, Bar Soba and Ad Lib. Don’t forget there’ll also be FREE pizza from cheesy kings Papa John’s as well as offers from Just Eat and fresh coffee tastings from Gordon Street Coffee.


Polish Up Your CV With Jobs & Opportunities

This student malarkey can sometimes be expensive, with hefty textbooks to buy and weekly pizza allowances to aid those all nighters in the library. So if you’re looking for a chance to expand your experience in professional realms as well as earn some cash, then we’ll have both summer and term-time opportunities from a diverse range of industries including Americamp, Frontier, Royal Maritime Reserves and SecuriGroup, offering work across oceans and in some of Scotland’s most exciting venues.


Improve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing  

If you’re a gym bunny who loves nothing more than working up a sweat guzzling protein shakes, then you’ll be psyched to know you’re in for the chance to slice down the price of your monthly gym memberships with offers and discounts from Anytime Fitness, Sweat! Union and Xercise4Less. There’ll also be tonnes of opportunities to chat to professionals from NHS and Police Scotland about health and safety issues to put anxious minds at ease during freshers week.


Be A La Mode With The Latest Beauty & Fashion

Being a student doesn’t mean you have to forgo being in style, even if your student loan only permits occasional shopping sprees. Whatever your beauty requirements, we have your back. Mohair will be offering free hair cuts for guys and Volume Style Bar are shaking up their mousse and giving gals free braiding and curls, party make up and face glitter! You’ll also get to experience Sally Salon Services and browse gorgeous frames from spectacle queens IOLLA.


Get Involved With Shopping, Accommodation & Entertainment

As well as some of the most exciting and eclectic activities and entertainment in the city, from movie marathons with Cineworld, bowling with Hollywood Bowl and climbing with The Climbing Academy to old school Laser Quest games and even tattoos with Forevermore, we’ve got top accommodation and means of kitting out your new student pad. Get your hands on gorgeous rooms with Fresh Student Living and Euro Hostel or become a budget interior designer with Flying Tiger and IKEA! For all things Glasgow, including culture, food and a heavy dose of banter, head on over to our partners at GlasgowLiving and don’t forget to swing by their stall.


Satisfy Wanderlust With Travel & Tech

If you’re partial to the odd adventure and you love discovering new places, hop aboard with our pals at Citylink, Glasgow Taxis, Happy Bus, McGills and Glasgow Subway and scoop up Wi-Fi on the way with KILTR to relish the best of Scotland’s scenery and urban happenings while saving money in the process. And if you haven’t already, remember to download yada, the Freshers’ Festival official app to keep up to date with upcoming events and entertainment. You can also say cheese at the yada stall with their photo booth and face painters and have a boogie with their very own DJ.


Think you can handle the best fiesta in the land? Pick up FREE VIP tickets and take a peek at more upcoming events at the Freshers Fringe. You can also get involved in our chat over on Facebook and Twitter.

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Freshers’ Festival 2016 Floor Plan

We’re SO EXCITED for Freshers’ Festival this year 21st – 22nd September at the iconic George Square!

Join the party for free food & drink, insane giveaways and prizes and live entertainment from top retailers, restaurants, pubs & clubs, sports gurus and employers! To get you psyched for what is guaranteed to be the highlight of your academic year, take a peek at the floor plan and find out where to visit your fave exhibitors.

To keep up to date with all Freshers’ Fest banter and to be the first to hear about exclusive prizes, download yada, the festival’s official app! If that’s not enough, we’ve also got an impressive 95 reasons to get to Freshers’ Festival, so grab your glad rags and we’ll see you there!



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Win Tickets to Resonate – Total Gaming


Scotland’s newest and largest gaming festival, Resonate – Total Gaming, is set to power its way into Glasgow for the first time this summer.

From 29–31 July 2016, the highly anticipated festival of eSports and gaming will take over the SECC offering an exciting range of programming to satisfy folks of all ages. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Resonate to offer students and freshers alike the chance to win one of 5 pairs of tickets!

You could be in for a chance to explore gaming paradise in this exhilarating high-tempo environment, and get your hands on new, retro and indie games while competing alongside other gamers on Scotland’s biggest gaming stage! You’ll also meet your favourite YouTube & broadcast champions! What’s NOT to love?

Simply LIKE and RE-TWEET for a chance to WIN! Deadline Wednesday 27th July 2016.

Competitive guests can also enter the Resonate Compete Tournaments where teams will battle each other over the festival weekend to win prizes and become the ultimate Resonate gaming champion!

From the casual player to the diehard gamer, Resonate has something for everyone.

To keep up with the Resonate gaming chat, head over to their website or drop them a line on Twitter.

Terms & Conditions

This competition is open to all adults over the age of 18. All entries must include the name and contact details of the entrant. Entries will not be considered if they do not have all information specified. Winners will be chosen at random, this decision is final. Prize is one pair of tickets to Resonate Total Gaming at the SECC, Glasgow. Prize is only valid for one day. This prize has no cash alternative, is non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Travel is not included. Resonate Total Gaming reserves the right to refuse entry without explanation. Deadline Wednesday 27th July 2016.

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Yada: The official app for Freshers’ Festival 2016

This year’s Freshers’ Festival is set to be the biggest and best event of our student calendar! With exhibitors from all across Scotland showcasing the crème de la crème of the country’s club and music scenes, eateries, accommodation, entertainment, and employment and volunteering prospects, this vibrant and bustling event is bound to have you filling your pockets with goodies and your minds with unforgettable memories!

As well as scouring the country for top-notch exhibitors to provide freebies and prizes, we’ve searched high and low for the greatest possible ways for you to record your time at this brilliant event. Since most of us are fans of sharing our memories and experiences with friends and family through social media channels or chat services, we have teamed up with the lovely folks at the yada app, to help you make the best of your Freshers’ Festival experience.

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The yada app allows you to create and curate photos, videos, and comments that can be viewed by other people attending the festival, so that you can swap and share media and memories, and interact with potential new pals. As well as giving you access to these memory nuggets any time before, during and after the event, you can interact with exhibitors and other students and have the chance to win prizes and grab giveaways simply by posting your event highlights and media through the app.

To make sure you’re psyched and ready on the day to get your teeth into the Freshers’ Festival celebrations (and free pizza, of course) all you need to do is download the yada app, which is completely free and available to download through all Apple and Android devices. Just head to the Apple Store or Google Play Store and search for ‘yada events’ and then you can sign up either by using your Facebook details or email address. Increase your chances of winning goodies and awesome prizes by getting your friends to sign up too, and combine your content to create a reel of fond memories and hilarious selfies.

Once you’ve signed up, you can find the event you’re looking for by clicking on the ‘What’s Happening’ section and searching for ‘Freshers’ Festival’. Once you’ve found the event, click on the attending tab and say yes! You can then get busy uploading photos and videos and commenting on the content of other fellow festivalgoers.

Don’t forget to invite your friends to join the yada app and rejoice in the biggest and freshest student party of the year. To keep up with the latest news and to find out more about the yada app, take a peek at their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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Scotland’s 7 Best Haunts for Clean Eating

Nowadays it seems like the clean eating fad has sprouted not only in the humble plains of our Instagram feeds, but in the most unlikely of places (Greggs introducing falafel salads and gluten free options is somewhat disturbing), and yet whether this surge in healthy eating is fad or not, it’s definitely not a bad thing when it comes to improving our lifestyle and over all well being.

In the last few months I’ve found myself munching down on foods that I had never before heard of, foods that sound like they’re named after exotic dancers (chia, quinoa, kale etc.). This is because I got sick half way through my third year, but found that changing my diet made a huge difference not only to my energy levels but also to my mentality. As much as it’s easy to succumb to the seductive qualities of snacks such as the Oreo variety, or in my case Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups when cramming before exams, foods that actually stimulate your brain and provide slow releasing energy are the best options to combat both raging hangovers and study sessions. So here are the 7 best haunts for clean eating in Scotland!


This petite sushi restaurant nestled in the nook of Edinburgh’s West End boasts authentic Japanese dishes, with fresh ingredients and a bustling atmosphere that attracts locals and tourists alike. If you’re a fan of fish and vegetarian options, Sushiya’s humble 22-seat eatery serves up mouth-watering tempura, sashimi and noodle bowls to fill your bellies and warm your souls. With an array of traditional dishes at reasonable prices, this is an ideal haunt for a protein packed lunch or healthy take away.


Highlight: Great for pescetarians and seafood lovers.

19 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BQ


Union of Genius

Many students are all too familiar with situations where our bank accounts don’t quite match our voracious appetites – especially after a study sesh in the library when our only bodily sustenance is a battered sausage from the night before. Luckily, Union of Genius delivers top-notch tasty food, with hearty and healthy ingredients and an emphasis on gorgeous soups and vegan breakfasts. With nearly 100 different soup recipes and options as well as soup sliders, this place is well worth a visit when you’re looking for guilt-free comfort food.

Union of Genius

Highlight: Soups and vegan breakfasts.

Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN


Urban Angel

With a wooden clad, rustic interior Urban Angel conjures up images of vintage bistros and Italian delicatessens. Yet the classic is contrasted with the contemporary with exquisite brunch dishes such as avocado and ricotta on grilled granary, and home made gluten free kedgeree. Its ethos of delicious food is combined with fair trade, organic and locally sourced ingredients.

Urban Angel

Highlight: Locally and ethically sourced produce.

121 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ


Prep Fitness Kitchen

If you’re struggling to find the time to rustle up healthy foods on a budget when dashing from classes to the gym to the union, then Prep Fitness Kitchen has got you covered. It emphasis on low fat, low calorie meals that are bursting with vitamins and minerals allows you to munch down on foods that aid fitness lovers and book-worms alike. Popular plates include the king prawn peanut butter satay and the cashew beef tabouli.

Prep Fitness Kitchen

Highlight: Prep meals for healthy and quick lunches.

22 Bath St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G2 1HB


Tchai Ovna

Hidden among the dusty books and Fleetwood Mac records of the West End’s notorious Otago Lane, Tchai Ovna is the ultimate chill-out spot to grab a herbal tea and a spicy, fragrant dhal. Allowing you choose your tea by country, alongside a vegan and vegetarian friendly menu, the stress-free vibe of this authentic teahouse makes for a perfect place to relax with a book or have a laid-back lunch with friends.

Tchai Ovna

Highlight: Over 80 varieties of delicious and healthy teas.

42 Otago Ln, Glasgow, Glasgow City G12 8PB


Avery & Co

Avery & Co’s warm and friendly atmosphere is apparent as soon as you stroll through its doors, with homemade cakes and hearty brunches as well as nutritious, fresh and natural local ingredients; this restaurant provides the pinnacle of healthy dining in Dundee. Its meals vary from creative vegan options like carrot hummus and crisp breads to Mexican options like soft flour fish tacos.

Avery & Co

Highlight: Low fat, natural and seasonal ingredients.

34 S Tay St, Dundee DD1 1PD



The always-popular Martha’s is a regular jaunt for city center folk looking for vitamin packed meals with a homemade flair. Its culture-crossing techniques span a myriad of continents, with generous lashings of ginger, turmeric, sumac and tahini. Whether you’re on the prowl for healthy hangover food or you need an energy boost before you start round two in H & M, this pleasant eatery provides healthy fast food for as little as £1.50.


Highlight: Breakfast egg pots.

142a St Vincent Street, G2 5LQ

What’s your favourite healthy nosh spot? Let us know over on Twitter!

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10 reasons to love being a Fresher in 2016

Being a fresher is a unique experience, whether you’re tentatively acclimatising to the hormonal and party-hungry vibes of student halls (and that weird furry thing that’s been in the fridge for too long), or settling into a new flat with old pals, you’re bound to experience a touch of nerves and a heavy dose of excitement (that will no doubt be encouraged by a couple of shots of cheap tequila). But fear not, being a fresher is better than it’s ever been. With an array of social events, new people and the bustle of the big city lights, we’ve come up with our top 10 reasons to love being a fresher in 2016.


Freshers’ Fringe

Since you’ll find your freshest self plucked from the nest and placed among new people and a new city, a myriad of magnificent parties and social events are bound to beckon. So grab your glad rags and blue sued shoes and get ready to welcome the first ever Freshers’ Fringe, a three week long multi-venue, multi-arts festival in the heart of Glasgow. Curating the biggest and best of Glasgow’s student fresher events, a decadent discovery of unique and diverse parties and event will be at your fingertips. So if you’re looking for your time as a fresher to be memorable, make sure to get yourself along to the greatest student celebration of the year.

Independent Living

Entering the nebulous world of the frenzied fresher can be the most liberating experience of our lives. Since much of our youthful wisdom was gleaned from mastering mind games with our siblings, or rustling up the perfect cheese toasty at 2am without waking the ‘rents, becoming a fresher allows us the opportunity to carve our own path when it comes to daily routines, and to get to grips with independent living.

Although student living can sometimes be a bit rough around the edges (especially when waking up with flakes of kebab in your eyebrow becomes a regular occurrence), embracing the hustle and bustle of student life is an important part of growing up and experiencing life as an (sort of) adult. So when you return to your humble student accommodation at 4am with a traffic cone on your head – embrace it! Because fresher = freedom.

A new academic journey

The best thing about finding yourself at the beginning of a college course or university degree is the freedom to explore new subjects and change your mind if something doesn’t suit you. Nothing is concrete, and this allows you to relish the diversity of academic options, and find your passions.

Exploring a new city

As well as learning to navigate a new living environment, freshers are often plunged into the plains of a new city or town, forced to reconcile with their fear of maps and dingy subway systems. But reveling in the creation of a new life within a vibrant and cosmopolitan setting is exciting, as well as the spontaneity that comes with it. Whether you’re a foodie, a party animal or an art lover, discovering new places is stimulating for your mind, and in many cities, your bank account, since student discounts and offers are just some of the many perks to life as a fresher.

Student loan

Sooner or later, your student loan award letter will stroll through the letterbox, announcing its arrival with an accommodating array of digits and decimals. These sweet digits will help you travel through the freshers’ universe, and give you freedom of choice when it comes to balancing those hefty textbooks with a mid-week burger and beer. It also gives you the chance come to terms with your finances and manage your money.

 Making new friends

Although life as hermit may initially seem inviting, stepping out of your comfort zone and into the shared living room of your halls is the first step towards making fresh friendships and new memories. It can be daunting being a fresher, you may have left behind life-long friends or be miles away from home, but giving yourself the chance to meet new folks and expand your social network is hugely important to understanding and navigating the challenges and triumphs of student life. You could meet the love of your life, or a new BFF, but whomever you decide to share that last slice of Papa John’s with, embrace the diversity of the freshers around you, and make the most of your new friendships.


As a fresher, you’re guaranteed to find yourself in unknown territory and nervously approaching new people and experiences can be a challenge. That’s why many students see their time as a fresher as clean slate and a chance to reinvent themselves. Although you may have spent much of your adolescence trying to forget that time you wet yourself during dodge ball in primary 4, this will no longer be the case. Being a fresher provides you with the opportunity to express your individuality and find like-minded people who admire your character over your past indiscretions. Your journey as a fresher can be one of the most valuable and cathartic ways of presenting your best self to the world.

Fancy dress

There’s also another type of reinvention that you can embrace whole-heartedly as a fresher. Amidst the foam and paint parties that shower your first year fond memories and stinging eyeballs, you will find yourself in an array of embarrassing outfits that you will don in public. If it’s always been your dream to prance through your park dressed like Thor, then prepare yourself to have that dream fulfilled.

Joining a society

Joining societies, clubs or groups while studying is also a good way to socialise with people with similar ideas and interests to your own. This will allow you to engage in something you’re passionate about and nurture a hobby, as well as giving you potential opportunities to make new friendships or snazz up your CV.

New opportunities

This year’s Freshers’ Fringe event is the best way to find new opportunities and ways of making your transition into student life a little easier, and a little more exciting. With over fifty events across the city, there will be a plethora of interesting and unique events to explore including boat parties, employment seminars and a coffee roasting master class. So whatever tickles your fancy, the Freshers’ Fringe has got you covered.


 Make sure to join the freshers’ chat on Twitter for Freshers’ Fringe & Freshers’ Festival.




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Freshers’ Festival returns: bigger and fresher than ever!

The dawn of the biggest and best student party is upon us! The annual Freshers’ Festival is back, bursting to the brim with a magnificent medley of freebies, competition prizes, job opportunities, delicious food and drink, music and entertainment!

Some of you will remember a few of last year’s highlights: mouth-watering free grub and booze, the best DJs from clubs across Scotland, insane giveaways and prizes, free samples from the biggest Scottish fashion brands, live art and model scouting, advice from Scotland’s best bloggers, free pizza and mean karaoke! Since thousands of you graced the plains of Glasgow’s SECC last year, soaking up the fresh vibes and leaving laden with freebies and new friends, we’ve decided to up our game this year and bring the festival to George Square, to give you the chance to bathe in the bustle of some outdoor festival magic!

Whether you’re a college, uni or school student who’s looking to chill in the big city whilst meeting like-minded folk, Freshers’ Festival welcomes you all with open arms (and free Papa John’s pizza, of course). The two-day long event will run from 21st – 22nd September at George Square, and in the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with VIP goodies, giveaways and competitions on our social media channels. This year’s festival will see Scotland’s most popular clubs, eateries, venues, entertainment centers and employers as well as exclusive offers on accommodation and events! From discounts and freebies to employment, volunteering and networking opportunities, the Freshers’ Festival is the ideal way to kick-off the academic year in style.

So keep your eyes and social media accounts peeled for info on exhibitors, spotlight events and exclusive competitions. Feel free to drop us a line too and join the chat over on Twitter @freshersfest


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Rocking out at the Main Stage

At T in the Park this year, we rounded up our favourite Glasgow bands from the festival and coaxed them over to the SECC, where they’ll be putting on a special set just for you on our might Main Stage on the 2nd-3rd October at 10:30am-11:30am!

Tijuana Bibles have been making waves with their blues rock sound, and they’ve been selected to kick off our festival off in style. Taking their cue form the likes of BRMC and Alabama 3, their deep vocals and dirty guitar riffs will take to the stage at 10.30am on Thursday.


We hope you’ve all got your dancing shoes on, because next up are The Moon Kids, fresh from their appearance on BBC Alba’s Rapal, who’ll be following up Tijuana Bibles with their unique ‘fairground pop’ sound.


On Friday, the stage will be jolted into life by the inspiring electro of Atom Tree; whose atmospheric sound will make you feel like you’ve got your own personal movie score as you explore the festival.


Once they fade out, Medicine Men arrive to pick up the pace. And if you’re not sucked in by their psych rock and pumping dance refrains, you’ll be spat out by their bass lines. So be prepared!


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Youth on the Move: Supporting Scotland’s Students

The European Commission is in the process of setting up the mother of all stands: a vast area of the SECC dedicated to broadening your horizons with a plethora of opportunities for travel, training and employment in continental Europe.

Scotland has a rich history of spreading ideas and influence outside of its borders. Not too far South, you’ll find the Bank of England, an institution conceived by Scot Sir William Paterson. Cross the Atlantic to America and you’ll be greeted by the US navy: founded by John Paul Jones of Kirkbean, Dumfries.

It’s a tradition we’re proud of, and it’s one that the European Commission is looking to continue with it’s Youth on the Move initiative; which has the aim of increasing youth employment and fostering stronger ties between Scotland and the other 27 EU member states.

Whether you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you’re keen to broaden your horizon, or just want to boost your CV and widen your job search, Youth on the Move has exciting options available to you.

Its popular Erasmus+ exchange scheme give you the chance to spend a spell of three to 12 months studying at one of the top European universities. It even offers grants to help cover your costs, and even includes the option to incorporate workplace traineeships, and boost your job prospects.


If you’re focused on studying in Scotland, but still hope to train or work abroad one day, no problem. Youth on the Move can help you here too. There are dozens of internship and job opportunities available on their EURES portal, and the ‘Your first EURES job’ scheme offers support (both financial and logistical) to help you settle into you new home. What more could you ask for?

The decision of the EU team to focus their efforts on our Freshers’ Festival visitors is a great boost for Scotland. They could have chosen to exhibit anywhere, but they’ve opted for us: and we couldn’t be more excited for you.

To find out more about Youth on the Move, and the opportunities available, visit the impressive stand on the 2nd and 3rd of October.

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Youth Football Scotland: Helping the Grass Roots Grow

It’s not long until Freshers’ Festival kicks off, which means it’s time to highlight another one of our exhibitors. This time, we take a look at Youth Football Scotland (YFS).

YFS is a not-for-profit social enterprise that was founded in 2010 to promote and improve Scottish youth football from the ground up. But more than that, they’re using Scotland’s passion for football as a vehicle for education and social development, and they want your help.

In return for your time, YFS is providing a range of invaluable opportunities to kick start your career. Whether you want to volunteer to help local youth teams flourish, develop your skills as a coaching assistant, or get involved in sports journalism, YFS can help you.

YFS offer a particularly exciting, and brand spanking new, journalism and media programmes. These offer students the chance to gain practical experience in journalism, radio, TV and photography by covering the many events associated with YFS, from matches to news conferences and more besides.

Journalists and photographers will act as roving reporters, creating match stories and broader youth football content which will be see by the 70,000 unique users who visit the YFS website each month; and all pieces have the chance of being featured in The Daily Record, which has a readership of 300,000.

So whether you want to develop your media career, help kids all over the country get fit and have fun, or spread the world about the growth of grass roots football in Scotland, visit Youth Football Scotland’s stand at this year’s Freshers’ Festival.