Your guide to Sussex’s Virtual Freshers’ Week

Grab your laptops, its time for the booziest week of your life, from the comfort of your bedroom


With the usual boozy club nights and pub crawls off limits, The University of Sussex is proving that Freshers’ Week is more than just an opportunity to go on a 7 day bender, with a whole host of virtual events scheduled for this upcoming week. So, it’s time to get comfy in front of your laptop and have your zoom login at the ready as Sussex Freshers’ Week is set to be a virtual extravaganza. Make sure you’ve got a steady wifi connection and sign up to your university zoom account to  get the most out of this truly odd experience.

Saturday 19th September

Start things right by gathering some information about your new stomping ground. The students’ union are hosting a virtual freshers’ fair throughout freshers’ week. You will be able to navigate a virtual map of campus, stopping off along the way to find out about all of the opportunities available to your while you’re at Sussex.

Sunday 20th September

Now that you’ve figured out your way around campus, it’s time to explore Brighton. If you’re not sure where to head first, tune in to a virtual tour of the city hosted by the LGBTQ+ society on facebook live. Or, if you’re feeling brave, turn left as you walk out of Brighton train station and get lost in the North Lanes.

Monday 21st September

So you’ve seen the city by day… but it’s a whole different world at night. Coalition are providing you with the opportunity to party on the seafront at their Big Freshers’ Terrace Party. It’s promised to be every bit as wild as a usual Brighton night out, but a little more socially distanced. Don’t worry if a Monday night party is not your thing, Coalition are repeating the party on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday 22nd September

By now, all of your flatmates have arrived, and you’re wondering if these are the only people you’re going to speak to for the next three years. Fear not, there are thousands of people you haven’t met yet and the students’ union are sending you on a speed date with your fellow freshers. Jump onto this virtual Speed Mates event at 1pm, you never know you might meet your future bestie.

Wednesday 23rd September

Usually Wednesdays are made for sports and socials here in Brighton, so it’s time to put a new spin on our Wednesday traditions. Get sporty and join a free virtual yoga class at midday. Then, gather your new found friends for a Mamma Mia screening, hosted by the Sussex Dance Society. Alternately, if singing ABBA in your pjs isn’t your thing, test your sporting knowledge in a virtual sports quiz hosted by Question of Sports star Phil Tufnell.

Thursday 24th September

On Thursday night the queen of Essex, Cheryl Hole, is hosting the ultimate drag quiz. If you think you know enough, grab your best Judies and join in with the Big Freshers’ Drag Quiz.

Friday 25th September

After a long week of Freshers’ madness, it’s time to put your new team to the test. See if you can solve the mystery in the students’ union virtual escape room.

If you didn’t have your fill of fabulousness on Thursday, the Drag Society are hosting an evening of excellence on Friday, which promises to be full of lip syncs and hilarity. Grab a ticket and a cocktail and settle in to celebrate the UK’s first student drag society.

The student unions full Freshers’ Week itinerary can be found here.