Welcome events and activities

When you arrive there will be activities and events to help you settle in, find your way around and to give you a chance to meet new people. Below is just a taste of what will be taking place, with further details about talks, campus tours, arts activities and more to be added, so please do keep checking this page for updates.

Welcome and Information Point

Our friendly Welcome Team are on hand should you have any questions about starting here at Leicester, returning or finding your way around.  You can also collect your Welcome Events Guide and find out more about what’s on for you.

Look out for the red gazebo outside Shop! (except on Monday 24 September when we will be in the Marquee). Our Welcome Team will also be easy to spot, wearing their red tops.

The Information Point will be open on both days of the Welcome Weekend:

  • Saturday 22 September, 9.00am–5.00pm
  • Sunday 23 September, 10.00am–4.00pm

It will then be open Monday–Friday, 10.00am–4.00pm from Monday 24 September to Wednesday 3 October.

Welcome Weekend: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September

The Information Fair will be held in the Marquee on Events Square on both days. Come and speak to our student support services for all the key information you need about the support offered here at Leicester. Parents and other family members are welcome to come and ask too.

  • Saturday, 12.00pm–4.00pm
  • Sunday, 12.00pm–2.00pm

There will be talks for students and families about the University and life in the UK, wellbeing and finance, as well as campus tours. There will also be a BBQ and we're even giving away house plants to make your new accommodation feel like home.

On Sunday you can collect your Fresh Festival wristbands from the O2 Academy in the Students' Union.

Monday 24 September

Afternoon tea

  • 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Marquee on Events Square 

Afternoon teas are part of British culture. Why not try it for yourself and see what it’s all about? There will be fun games for you to enjoy and it’s a great chance to meet other new students. 

House plant sale 

  • 10.00am–4.00pm 
  • Outside Shop! on Events Square 

Moving into new accommodation, it’s always nice to add a personal touch to make the place feel like home. This is your chance to find the posters and plants that fit your interests and personality. 

More activities still to be confirmed.

Tuesday 25 September 

Fabulous First Year Fair

  • 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Marquee on Events Square 

Have fun and take part in interactive activities – with prizes up for grabs – while getting to know your University services.

Matriculation 

  • Various times between 10.00am and 5.00pm
  • De Montfort Hall 

This is our formal welcoming ceremony for new students joining us each year, and will really make you feel part of the University community. Your Matriculation ceremony will show on your personal timetable, which you can see through My Student Record and your MyUoL app.

Wednesday 26 September 

Sports and Active Life Fair

  • 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Marquee on Events Square 

Our student sports clubs cater for a wide range of disciplines and wide range of abilities. Our best athletes represent Leicester against other universities, including our annual Varsity contest against local rivals De Montfort. Come along, find out what’s on offer – and maybe try something new.

Student Group Fair

  • 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Percy Gee Building: O2 Academy, Students’ Union Square and The Scholar 

Whatever you’re enthusiastic about, there’s a Students’ Union society for you. Find a society that matches your interests, or take this opportunity to try something completely new.

Thursday 27 September

Student Group Fair

  • 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Percy Gee Building: O2 Academy, Students’ Union Square and The Scholar 

Whatever you’re enthusiastic about, there’s a Students’ Union society for you. Find a society that matches your interests, or take this opportunity to try something completely new.

Fresh Fair

  • 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Marquee on Events Square

Get your hands on freebies and exclusive discounts at Fresh Fair when your favourite shops and brands come to campus.

Friday 28 September 

Student Group Fair

  • 10.00am–4.00pm 
  • Percy Gee Building: O2 Academy, Students’ Union Square and The Scholar 

Whatever you’re enthusiastic about, there’s a Students’ Union society for you. Find a society that matches your interests, or take this opportunity to try something completely new.

Fresh Fair 

  • 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Marquee on Events Square

Get your hands on freebies and exclusive discounts at Fresh Fair when your favourite shops and brands come to campus.