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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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Stop the Bus! Get in Line for your Freshers’ Fest Ride

You know what they say, you wait forever for a bus, and then 24 all come around at once! Wait…what?

Yup, that’s right. We’re making sure that we get YOU from A to B this Freshers Festival with the greatest of ease! We want to make sure that come the 2nd and 3rd of October, it’s as easy as pie to – well – get straight to straight to your free samples of pie (amongst all the other delectable food and drink on offer) at Glasgow’s iconic SECC. What’s more, you can put your bus money away, as we’ll make sure to get to you there and back for FREE! So don’t say that we’re not good to you (we are, aren’t we?).

So grab your posse and rendez-vous at your nearest pick-up stop come October and get ready to be chauffeured to the biggest and best Freshers’ Festival in Scotland!

We’re putting on a free shuttle service from 24 locations running from campuses across Glasgow and the surrounding area. Buses will be running to and from the SECC, leaving from Caledonian University’s main entrance, Cathedral Street, George Square and a further 20 locations. Buses leave every 20 mins from 9:30am. Any keen beans out there? Get there early; the first arrivals will get their hands on special goody bags!


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The fantastic event itself runs from 10am-4pm, offering hundreds of freebies. exclusive discounts, live entertainment, prize giveaways, free food and drink plus over 140 stalls including the very best pubs, clubs, restaurants, employers and retailers.

So what you waiting for? You’ve got a bus to catch! Stay tuned for more info over on Twitter @FreshersFest


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Five new reasons to visit Freshers’ Festival

The food, drink and freebies are primed and ready for launch. But behind the scenes, we’ve been working to bring you more than you might expect this year. Here’s a sample of just a few of our big ideas…

Free Buses

OK, so we aren’t quite generous enough to give a bus away to every fresher, but we are making it easier than ever to get to Freshers’ Festival this year. We’re putting on a total of 24 free shuttle buses running from campuses across Glasgow and the surrounding area, and passing through various points around the city.

This means, firstly, that you’ve got no excuse not to come and see us, and secondly, you’ve got more cash in your pocket for term time essentials. You can thank us later. Preferably with donuts.

The Zones

Freshers’ fairs can be a little, shall we say, chaotic. And while we’re all for those surprises you stumble across after sampling free shots of potent new energy drinks, we also want to give everyone half a chance to hunt down the things they need.

With that in mind, we’ve arranged Freshers’ Festival into dedicated zones, from Health and Beauty, Fashion, Food and Drink, Clubs Corridor to Employment. Hopefully this will give explorers a fair chance at unearthing the treasure they’re looking for, but we’ve also got plenty of surprises for those who like to go with the flow on the day.

The Relentless Main Stage

Another addition for Freshers’ Festival 2014 is our Relentless-sponsored Main Stage, which will be jam-packed with an amazing entertainment programme that stretches right across our two-day event.

We’re not making any promises here, but you only have to look at the calibre of previous Relentless events like Soundchain to see the kind of talent they’re connected with. So once you’ve worked your way through your must-see stalls (and their many must-consume delights), you can cut loose and enjoy some free entertainment.

Exclusive Discounts

Give a fresher a free pie and he can feed himself for a day, give him a good discount and he’ll be well fed for the whole year. Here at Scotcampus we know that our Freshers’ Festival freebies are a big draw, but we’re all about ensuring you’re happy for the rest of your uni days.

A big part of that is negotiating discounts and deals with our partners to make sure you get real value out of your visit. So make sure you have a good look at each stall, if you just swoop in for the freebies and disappear, you might miss out on the motherload.

Job Options

We know loads of you aren’t thinking this far ahead yet, but there’s a host of employers who’re eager to get in touch with you. And even if you’re not ready to commit to a career, our employment zone offers inspiration and ideas for what you can do once your course is finished.

Alongside company information, you’ll find stalls offering internship opportunities, graduate schemes and fast tracks that’ll keep you several steps ahead of the competition. So don’t forget to stop by.

So make sure you get your pose together in time for the 2nd and 3rd of October, and get on down to a belter of an event!

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Food Glorious Food

Oh how we love to eat here at Scotcampus HQ. With a daily 3pm bun run to our nearest bakery and a fully stocked biscuit tin, if we’re not talking about food it’s because we’re eating it. You can imagine our excitement then, when some of our favourite eateries confirmed their attendance at the Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival, bringing with them a selection of mouth-watering samples. Yes, we drooled on our keyboard – is that what you want to hear?

Make sure you’re signed up to receive our free newsletter with updates and information on the festival including freebies, big competitions, exhibitor info, entertainment and so much more! Here’s a little snapshot to get your taste buds excited…

Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival @ SECC, 19th & 20th September, 10am-4pm

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Before Freshers Think Futures

While the Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival is a long way off we’ve got another youth orientated event for you guys to get excited about.

The Futures Fest takes place on Glasgow’s George Square on April the 27th and 28th and aims to showcase some of the awesome apprenticeship, education and employment options available to young people living in Scotland.

Spilt into several zones, the event will give 16-25 year olds the chance to learn more about what future opportunities and options are available to them. We hope that it’ll help to give youngsters the chance to make informed decisions on what steps they choose to take.

Alongside the exhibiting universities and employers we’ll also be including a selection of stands dedicated to those all important lifestyle issues. Here you’ll be able to find out about all of the best places for socialising as well as being able to gather info on healthy living and financial services.

We’re expecting 60+ exhibitors and have already confirmed some big names from the fast moving renewable energies and gaming sectors.

So if you’re wondering what to do after you graduate, or don’t know if university is for you, pencil in this new event and see what amazing options are available to you right here in Scotland.

The Futures Fest, George Square, Glasgow 27th and 28th of April 2012. Click here for more details.


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The Glasgow Freshers’ Festival is back in 2012

The Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival is back in 2012, September the 27th and 28th on Glasgow’s George Square. Keep checking the website for more info. See you there.