Welcome Week events

Welcome Week is a programme of events organised by the University, the Students' Union and your Junior Common Room if you're staying in University accommodation.

These events will welcome and introduce you to university life and help you make new friends. You are required to attend the Welcome ceremony and the Unismart Presentation as well as other compulsory events as indicated on your Welcome Week timetables. Some SU events are wristband only, but otherwise you're free to decide which events to attend.

An audience faces the stage in the Wills Memorial Building.

Academic introductions

You will be formally welcomed to the University. The events will also introduce you to your academic department, your course, your lecturers, your personal tutor and your coursemates. 

Welcome ceremony

You are invited to attend a celebratory ceremony to start life at the University of Bristol.

The ceremony will include a welcome from senior academics and Bristol SU Sabbatical Officers in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building.

Details of the time and date for your ceremony are in your Welcome Week timetable. You should arrive at the time outlined in your timetable to ensure you can be seated before the ceremony starts, as late arrivals may not be admitted.

There is not a formal dress code for the ceremony. 

UniSmart Presentations

These are an entertaining introduction to university from Unismart, covering a range of topics to help you to manage and make the most of your time here. The presentation includes strobe lighting.

If you are in university allocated accommodation you can find the time of your presentation on your residence welcome timetable, which you will receive when you move in.

If you are in private accommodation your presentation will be at 11.30 am on Monday 18 September in the Anson Rooms, Richmond Building.


Download your course Welcome Week timetable so you can find out about the events and activities you need to attend during Welcome Week.

Students' Union (Bristol SU) Welcome Festival

The Bristol SU organises events for all students across Welcome Week. The Welcome Festival features nights in all of Bristol's most famous venues, as well as a host of live entertainment, daytime events and outdoor activities. Events include:

  • Club nights
  • Film nights
  • live music
  • food festival
  • cafe crawl
  • silent discos
  • roller discos
  • TEDx talks

and much much more. Find out what's going on.

Welcome Fair

Come along to the Bristol SU Welcome Fair on Friday 22 September 11 am - 5 pm at Durdham Downs, BS9 1FG where you can join a sports club or society, meet people and get involved. Find out what Clubs and Societies are on offer to help you plan what to look out for.

You will need to bring your University Card (UCard) or an email / letter confirming your place so you can get into the fair.

Watch a film of last year's Welcome Fair

Junior Common Rooms

If you are living in university accommodation, your Junior Common Room committee will organise a series of events or arrange entrance to organised nights for you. They are a great opportunity to get to know and socialise with the people you'll be living with for the next year.

Example events include:

  • Club nights
  • Bowling
  • Film nights
  • Laser tag
  • Garden walks
  • BBQs
  • Tennis and Pimms.

Events are advertised on each residence's JCR Facebook page. Go to the halls listing page to find a link to their Facebook group and more information about the hall. 

Events throughout the year

The fun doesn't stop once Welcome Week comes to an end. Bristol SU, the University and the city itself runs events throughout the year. From gigs and comedy nights to debates and volunteering opportunities, there's something for everyone so you'll never be bored. 

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