The Official Trent Freshers at NTU: Friday 15th - Sunday 24th September 2023

The answers to all of your event and pass questions


Freshers Week is the first week of university. There are no classes. Instead, the focus is on settling in, having fun, and meeting people. You will have a couple of timetabled welcome talks and registrations to attend, but apart from that, it’s fun all the way. NTSU and NTU organise lots of activities during the week, making it easy for you to make friends, get to know your new surroundings, and have a good time. 


There is lots to get involved in during your Freshers week, and NTSU is there every step of the way to help you make new friends and have an unforgettable experience. You can attend NTSU’s Freshers fairs, join sports clubs and societies, and experience the official events that take place in venues all over Nottingham.  

NTSU have a Freshers Team of over 300 current student volunteers who will help answer any questions once you arrive (they’ll be wearing bright coloured t-shirts so you can’t miss them).  

We haven’t released the events programme for 2023 yet, but here’s last years events to give you an idea of what to expect. There’s also a diverse program of smaller daytime events and free meetups you can enjoy as part of NTU’s Welcome programme. The details of these will be released in summer and can be found at  

The official programme of events is organised by Nottingham Trent Students Union through our Trent Events brand Our events team are dedicated to running events during Freshers and throughout the year. We also have over 300 student volunteers that make up the Freshers Team, helping to make your Freshers experience the best it can be. To see the types of events we run throughout the year, visit our Instagram. 

The official Freshers events take place in venues throughout Nottingham, including some of the biggest and most iconic nightclubs such as Rock City, Ocean, The Level, Stealth and Unit 13, plus the Students Unions own venues on campus, and in bars and hideaways throughout Nottingham. If you are living in Clifton, Brackenhurst or any of the halls out of the city centre, we will provide buses to take you to the official events to make navigating the city easy for you

A Freshers Pass gives you access to your choice of official Freshers events. After purchasing a pass, you can choose from a list of over 25 official events and decide which ones you’d like to attend. You’ll be able to access the pass on your phone and use it as your ticket to the events you select. You won’t need to pay again for those events as the pass acts as your ticket. Freshers Passes are available now

A Freshers Pass gives you priority access to events, saves you money and takes the hassle out of attending Freshers events.

Once you have a pass, you can relax, knowing you have priority to attend the events you want to without worrying about whether you’ll get in. If you are living in halls that aren’t within walking distance of the Nottingham venues, we’ll provide free transport for Freshers pass holders. 

Great, if you have a pass you don’t need to do anything else until the week beginning 14th August 2023. At that time you will receive an email with full instructions of how to book your choice of Freshers events.  If you bought the pass plus or ultimate pass you will receive your Freshers Ball ticket no later than 24th September 2023. If you bought the ultimate pass you can collect your NTU hoodie when you arrive on campus in September, you’ll receive further details by email

The official events range from big club nights with thousands of Freshers to intimate events like quizzes, comedy, cocktail nights and outdoor cinemas. You can get an idea of previous events by looking at this events page. We sent a survey asking last years NTU Freshers whether they would recommend the official events to new incoming first years and we’re proud to report an overwhelming majority of 94% said “yes”. 

NTSU receives messages every year from NTU Freshers who are upset because they bought unofficial tickets before realising most students attend the official events organised by NTSU. Many students have told us unofficial event tickets are a waste of money, and they never use them once they find out their flatmates are going to the official events. 

 Unofficial events are often presented in misleading ways, with lots of hype that makes them appear to be something they’re not. The sellers often use tactics like creating fake profiles to post in group chats to increase hype, and using tiered pricing levels with low quantities to make it look like events are selling out quicker than they really are. Don’t be fooled.  

If in doubt, visit NTU’s official welcome page that links to this Freshers site and see our previous events on our Trent Events Instagram to see why the official events are worth the wait.