Mature students, Postgrads and Student Parents – Here’s what Freshers’ can offer you

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While undergrads look forward to 2 weeks of non-stop partying, we understand that not all of our new students have the same wants and timetables… hence why we have prepared Freshers’ with something for everyone! These are just a few of the events that will be on offer for you, so get picking and tailor your own experience!



  • Meet the Guide Dogs at Southampton and WSA

Cuddle fluffy guide dogs for just a donation that will go to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Southampton: Thursday 29 September 11:00 at the Union

WSA: Wednesday 05 October 11:00 on the grass outside the WSA Cafe


Student Parents, this one is for you!

We’ll provide the food, all you need to bring is your little ones and their favourite teddies! We’ll be holding it at Valley Gardens, but if the sun doesn’t come out, nothing will stop us picnicking – come to our Activities Room in the Union building (42) and we’ll host it there.


“When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas” – 21st Century Fox.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it 87%, but how would you and your family rate it? Pop down to Union Films (next to The Diner) at the Union (B42) with your loved ones to watch this family friendly comedy for free courtesy of our Union.



Allow your senses to be tantalised while sampling an array of the finest gins on the market.  Tickets cost £10 available at www.unionsouthampton.org/boxoffice


An evening hosted by our specially selected experts, showcasing a range of the fine wines that our Bridge Bar has to offer. The wine is accompanied by a selection of the finest local cheeses, which are paired and prepared by our very own Michelin trained chef.

Tickets cost £10 – limited availability available at www.unionsouthampton.org/boxoffice


Experience the art of coffee in our masterclass led by Dhan Tamang, winner of the UK Latte Art Championships for four years running.

You will learn the origin of coffee, different brewing methods and even have the chance to create and sample your own work of art.

Tickets cost £5 available at www.unionsouthampton.org/boxoffice


It’s time for tea.

Enjoy this classic British tradition as you relax with a cuppa and chat with your new friends for free!



It’s February 1939 and, down in deepest Cornwall, the Tiddles & Son Antiquarian Bookshop is open for business… but where is the owner? And where is Lady Pogley’s sheep?

Join 368 Theatre Company as the local police investigation uncovers some dark secrets – can you help them piece the clues together to make an arrest, and win a bottle of bubbly in the process?

An evening spectacle of live interactive performance, complete with a 3 course meal prepared by our Michelin trained chef. Don’t worry, you will not be required to take part.

Tickets are £16 each and include the evening’s entertainment and 3 course meal. Go to www.unionsouthampton.org/boxoffice

Doors open at 19:00
Dinner is served at 19:30

This delectable 3 course menu prepared by our Michelin-trained chef has been confirmed for the evening! Don’t hang about and get your tickets at unionsouthampton.org/boxoffice – they are selling fast!

Sliced Tomato and mozzarella seasoned with sea salt and cracked black pepper and topped with fresh basil oil
Seared pieces of chicken breast in a creamy garlic and thyme sauce served with basmati and wild rice
Chocolate Tart served with cherry coulis
VEGAN OPTION AVAILABLE ON REQUEST – Email requests to events@unionsouthampton.org


Join us for a special evening performance from a fantastic headliner, with support.

Night 1 – 03 October 2016 – SARA PASCOE

Dagenham-born Pascoe has featured on Live At The Apollo, Mock the Week and The Thick of It. Her next stop is The Cube – make sure you get yourself a seat to guarantee yourself a night of laughter and fun!

Tickets cost £12. Go to www.unionsouthampton.org/boxoffice

Night 2 – 10 October 2016 – RUSSELL KANE

Star of BBC’s Live At The Apollo and winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Russell Kane, will be hitting The Cube stage to bring you a night of comedy and entertainment.

Tickets cost £12. Go to www.unionsouthampton.org/boxoffice



Get to know other mature students and student parents at our free welcome BBQ. Don’t forget to check out our Mature Student and Student Parent Network (MSSPN) group.


Because you can never have too many BBQs!


Get quizzical at this postgraduate favourite.


Take a pitstop away from your studies and enjoy free tea, cake and a chance to chat across different locations. We will be at:
-The Bridge
-Avenue (in entrance halls)
-WSA (WSA Café)
-NOC (Student Room)
-SGH (Lecture Theatre Foyer)

If you feel like Schmidt from New Girl, Don’t worry!

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