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Freshers’ Festival is Back: The Biggest Student Event of the Year

As you’ll know Freshers’ Festival has dominated our student calendars by providing the crème de la crème of the city’s finest eateries, fashion brands, clubs, pubs, accommodation, job opportunities and more! This is why we’re psyched to announce the long-awaited return of the biggest and best event of the year.

After swarming George Square in their thousands last year, weighed down with goodies and grasping fistfuls of pizza, the city saw students from all walks of life embrace the best of what Glasgow has to offer.

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This year’s extravaganza will take place once again at the iconic George Square, 20th and 21st September. As well as an eclectic showcase of the fiercest attractions and brands in the city, there’ll be unique interactive opportunities for networking, careers and personal development.

And what would the Freshers’ Festival be without the freshest freebies, competition prizes and entertainment? We already have an awesome array of goodies up our sleeves including the return of FREE Papa John’s pizza as well as prizes, discounts and offers from the coolest haunts in the city. If that’s not enough you’ll also get to soak up some sweet sounds with our live entertainment, get involved in our new experiential zones, fill your bags (and buckets) with freebies and get the chance to experience, discover and celebrate student life in Scotland’s most exciting city.

Exclusive prizes and freebies

To avoid FOMO, make sure to download the event app yada and be the first to hear about exclusive prizes, goodies and showcases.

And if you’re keen for even more sensational city events, then check out the Freshers’ Fringe, a month-long festival featuring 60+ events from club nights and menu tastings to employment seminars, personal development workshops, shopping events and arts events.

Keep an eye out on GlasgowLiving for regular updates on all Freshers Festival and Freshers Fringe happenings.

So stay tuned over the next few months for more info on our full list of exhibitors (and of course their freebies), acts and exclusive competitions. Let us know what you’re most keen for at this year’s event by dropping us a line over on Facebook and joining the bants on Twitter.

The Counting House

See the Counting House at Freshers’ Festival and grab a goody bag and wristband to attend the Counting House Chaos event with brewers, brands and freebies!

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!
For FREE VIP tickets visit www.freshersfestival.com/tickets
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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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Videos That Sum Up Our Love For Mac n’ Cheese

It’s golden and creamy and delicious, the soft texture and tangy after taste warms our hearts and fills our bellies. Mac n’ cheese has been a staple in the student diet for as long as we can remember, and a fabulous favourite in Italy for hundreds of years (13th century mac n’ chill, anyone?)

This mighty meal has traversed the globe and become the culinary chief of our humble homes. This is why we are super psyched to welcome McIntosh mac n’ cheese to the Freshers’ Festival! Bringing along their mouth-watering mac n’ cheese for students to devour, you’ll have the chance to munch down fantastic flavours including Spicy Mexicana, Meaty Bacon and Smoky Applewood. If your bank balance has no chill and your tummy is rumbling, grab a McIntosh mac n’ cheese and heat and eat in mere minutes.

To celebrate the mac n’ cheese madness, we’ve come up with our top videos that sum up our love for mac n’ cheese. Buon appetito!

 

Mac n’ cheese dreams

We’ve all been there, from daydreaming during lectures to actual dreams about endless bowls of creamy goodness, mac n’ cheese dreams are something we are all familiar with. The magic of mac n’ cheese has been known to cure a variety of illnesses, including raging hangovers.

Hunger

Whether you’ve just eaten or your fridge is bare, thinking about mac n’ cheese is bound to make you hungry, satisfy that rumbling tummy and give it the meal it deserves.

Anticipation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYH9RvMGDU8

Despite McIntosh mac n’ cheese only taking a few minutes to heat before you take it to chow town, the anticipation alone of such an exquisite dish is likely to have you losing your mind.

Satisfaction

There’s nothing better than a belly full of macaroni (especially if you’re being spoon fed).

Living in the moment

If mac n’ cheese is all you can think about, embrace it. Be Zen.

Seconds

And don’t be afraid to ask for seconds, IT IS YOUR RIGHT.

Mac n’ cheese coma

Relish, rest, recover.

What do you love the most about mac n’ cheese? Let us know over on Twitter and keep an eye out for more giveaways and offers from McIntosh!

 

 

 

 

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10 Reasons to get to Freshers’ Festival

By Mina Green

As the most anticipated sudent event of the year, Freshers’ Festival boasts live music, dancers, DJs, freebies and competitions. Not to mention thousands of merry students and freshers alike, mingling in their own euphoria with a belly full of Papa Johns.  Taking place at Glasgow’s famous SECC on 23rd-24th September 11am-5pm this festival encompasses the perks of studying in Scotland. If you’re looking for a two-day craze packed with awesome people, good vibes and giveaways from your favourite restaurants and clubs, then this is the event for you. Actually, the question should be: who is the event NOT for? (it’s no-one, btw).

Meeting other students

Freshers’ Festival is open to all students, and 8,000 of them graced the SECC last year with their joyous presence and made the event a highlight of the academic year. Students from all over Scotland attend, so it’s a great way of meeting new people from different universities and cities and expanding your friendship group beyond the carpeted comfort of halls. Sometimes socialising can be daunting, especially if you’re moving to a city for the first time. Freshers’ Fest is a hub for good banter and great laughs and new friends.

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Freebies and discounts

Exhibitors ranging from restaurants to nightclubs to retailers man their stalls with warm hearts, big smiles and of course lots of free stuff. It could be samples, tasters, free t-shirts or jelly shots. Massive discounts will also be available, making your year fun and your bank balance proud. Browse the stalls to your heart’s content and take advantage of the freebies, while getting to know new businesses in your city.

Competition prizes

Last year’s competition prizes included the actual Inbetweeners car, a Macbook, holidays and a Lambrini all-night pamper package. The best way to ensure you have a chance at winning any of the fantastic prizes is to get yourself along to the event! Who knows, you could be the lucky winner of one of our mystery prizes!

Prizes

Food and drink

It’s often impossible to be fed, watered and entertained in a city if your pockets are empty and you used your last fiver on a 12 pack of Budweiser. But at Freshers’ Fest you needn’t worry. Some of the exhibitors include Pintos Mexican Kitchen, Bread and Butter, Yo Sushi and Steak and Cherry.  On top of that. this year Papa Johns will be giving out free pizza ALL DAY, so embrace your freshers’ 13 and get intimate with your favourite grub.

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Music and Entertainment 

Mains stage acts will include DJs blasting your favourite tunes while you stuff your face with pizza and swing your hips dramatically. With thousands of new friends, a constant stream of freebies and the best of Scotland’s music scene you’d be bonkers not to attend. I mean what’s better than a mean sound system to compliment your mean posse? As well as music, we’ll be bringing you all kinds of attractions to get you super psyched for your new life in the big city! With fashion shows, dancers, rap battles, cheerleaders and even yoga taking to the stage in previous years, you can be guaranteed we’ve our sleeves full of surprises for 2015. And the best part? It’s all FREE!

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Careers

Whether you’re just about to embark into the big bad world on the scary job hunt, or are just wanting to think about the future (even if it feels like light years away), Freshers’ Festival will be showcasing some of Scotland’s best employers. This gives you the chance to ask for some careers advice and get tips on how to crack your chosen industry. Who knows, you might discover a career route you’d never even have thought about before? Note: we don’t have any lion tamers coming, so please don’t be disappointed.

Clothes and Merchandise

Sassy tote bags, key rings, starter kits, hoodies and more. Those moving to Scotland to study for the first time may have underestimated the weather’s capabilities, but fear not! With handfuls of cosy cotton delights advertising your favourite clubs you’re sure to survive the winter.

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Travel

As well as being a free event with all kinds of expense-free goodies, travel to and from the festival will also cost you nothing.  Shuttle buses will be taking you to and from the SECC to make your day even more hassle-free, especially for new students who aren’t familiar with the location.

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VIP tickets

These are FREE and guaranteed to take your festival experience to a whole new level of awesome – with all area access, free food and drink samples, access to the ‘watering hole’ and a plus one, so you could even take your new date. Grab them online before it’s too late!

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Atmosphere

Elated, well-fed and little bit tipsy, you’ll be soaking up the chill vibes and sweet energies of your peers at this shimmering shindig. After all, Freshers’ Festival is a two-day party overflowing with good people and rosy cheeks. Could you ask for more?

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