What's on during welcome/freshers week?

With so much going on, here is what you need to know so that you don't miss a thing!

What happening on Welcome/Freshers Week?


The Students’ Union has made sure to bring it back better than ever. This year’s Welcome week is taking place between the 18th and the 26th of September with a host of exciting events on every day! These events are a great way to make new friends, find out what university life has to offer, try something new with our club and societies and ease your way into your new life at University. You really don’t want to miss out!

Due to the week being  jam-packed it can be a little overwhelming keeping up with what going, where and when. So to make sure you don’t miss out on anything here a breakdown of our week.


Saturday 18th September


QM Freshers’ opening party

10pm - 2am at Drapers

Officially kicking off the start of Freshers is our opening party at Drapers. Come and enjoy the best of commercial pop, R 'n' B and house on one of our hotspots.


Sunday 19th September



12pm - 5pm at Griff Inn

Worked up an appetite from a whole night of partying? Need to nurse a hangover? Or maybe you just want to grab a bite to eat at Griff Inn, pick from a selection of great homemade food and have some good chat.



UV Rave

10pm - 2am at Drapers

Party in the dark at our UV Rave!

With glow-in-the-dark drinks, specialist UV facepainters, free glow giveaways and much more. Get into the disco psychedelic party mood and tag us in your photos of the night.


Monday 20th September


Pick, Paint & Plant

12:30pm - 3:30pm at Godward Square, Drapers

Come along to Pick, Paint & Plant where you'll be able to bring the outdoors into your room.

A great way to pick up some new personal plants for your new living spaces.

It's simple all you have to do is pick your cactus or succulent, paint your pot and then plant them. Voila!



Speed meeting

6pm - 8pm at The Nest

Your chance to meet other students in a fun and relaxed setting where everyone is in the same boat.

You'll have 2 minutes to 'speed meet' lots of different people, a great opportunity to make new friends!

Please note this event has limited capacity and is a very popular event so will be on a first come first served basis.




10pm - 2am at Ministry of Sound, London

Queen Mary takes over the iconic London club Ministry of Sound for a whole night of dancing and drink deals you'll never forget! Don't miss out on one of the biggest Freshers nights we have planned.

Also check out the Sound Coach to be safely chauffeured there and back on the party bus. We've got all areas covered.



Mondays Calling

10pm - 2am at Drapers

Fancy doing something closer to home? Put on your dancing shoes for non-stop indie, rock and retro-pop floor fillers.

With unbeatable drink deals and music, this is sure to become your favourite student night.


Tuesday 21st  September



1pm - 3:30pm at Griff Inn

Come along to the Griff Inn and get involved in all things crafty and colourful!

There will be a variety of creative activities to get involved with. Time to get your creative juices flowing.



Freshers Photography Competition


QMSU is introducing a new yearly project for all students to get involved in during Freshers.

We want you to ‘take a photo that represents your Freshers experience’.

Please submit your entries here: https://forms.gle/pPfZUPmMKe8zUZWv6

Closing date 2nd October @ 5pm



Comedy Central

6pm - 8pm at Griff Inn

Head to the Griff Inn for a night of tummy tickling brought to you by Comedy Central.

Line-up includes Aurie Styla, Elliot Steel and Mo Omar



Post Grad Mixer: PG Taught

7pm - 9pm at Drapers

This is your chance to meet fellow postgraduate students from all over the university in a relaxed and easy-going environment



House Party

10pm - 2am at Drapers

Dance, chill or win big at this house and garage take-over.

From classic beer pong to flat-pack furniture competitions, this is a night you don't want to miss!


Wednesday 22nd September


Outdoor Yoga

10am - 11am at Canalside, Mile End Campus

Our classes are about energising the body, opening up and ultimately relaxing the mind and body. Each class is fun and challenging, with easy to understand demonstrations and optional hands-on adjustments. You will leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Suitable for everyone, from beginners to pros.



Barts and The London Welcome Fair

1pm - 4pm at Whitechapel Campus

The Barts & The London Welcome Fair is your biggest opportunity to find out how you can be involved in the BL community throughout the year! Come along and check out the huge variety of Societies, Sports Clubs and Volunteering Groups BLSA has to offer.

The event will be held at the Whitechapel Fair at the following locations;

  • BLSA Building
  • Garrod Building
  • Blizzard Mews




6pm - 1am at Griff Inn

Come along and join your fellow sports players for the sporting night of the week.



Back to the 90's

10pm - 2am at Drapers

Spice up your life and rock your body right at our Slice relaunch!

We're bringing you the best pop floor fillers and drink deals to celebrate the end of Wednesday!


Thursday 23rd September


Welcome Fair 2021 - Day 1

10am - 6pm at Mile End Campus

The Welcome Fair is one of our biggest events of the year! Come and check out what the Students' Union has to offer and grab freebies from some of your favourite student brands. It's also your chance to find out more about our Societies, Sports Clubs, Volunteering Groups, and Students' Union services!

Make sure you visit all of the event zones including Godward Square, Great Hall, Library Square, People's Palace, Sports Hall and the Students' Union Hub to avoid missing out!



Stock it Like it's Hot

The Drapers dance floor turns into the Trading Floor for this brand new club night!

Watch the prices (and bass) drop in with our real time drinks stock market.


Friday 24th September


Welcome Fair 2021 - Day 2

10am - 4pm at Mile End Campus

Day two so if you missed yesterday’s Welcome fair be sure to drop by for this one



Wine and Cheese Tasting

6pm - 8pm at Drapers

Do you enjoy the finer things in life?

Come and indulge in our wine and cheese tasting experience led by a professional sommelier. Check out our website for the menu


Barts: Drag Bingo

7pm - 9:30pm at Griff Inn

Throw everything you know about bingo out the window and sashay your way into the Griff Inn for a drag-tastic night. Expect once-in-a-lifetime performances, crazy hosts, unimaginable prizes, and all-around mayhem!

You won’t want to miss this…




10pm - 2am at Drapers

Join us for E1, set to be the biggest student urban night playing your favourite Hip Hop, Grime and RnB classics, across two rooms of music!


Saturday 25th September

Boat Ball

7pm - 11:30pm The pier is to be confirmed

ONE OF THE BIGGEST FRESHERS NIGHTS IS ON!! Its *only* the Queen Mary Boat Ball ??

We are bringing you a party cruise on the river Thames with top DJs and a full dancefloor. Guaranteed it'll be an unforgettable night. After the boat head on over to the after party we have planned. It’s ALL included in the ticket price.


Sunday 26th September


Thorpe Park Day Trip

9am - 7pm meet on Westfield Way

A proper day out like no other! Thorpe Park is home to thrilling rides, attractions and live events. It is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers featuring some of the UK's most popular roller coasters and amusement park rides.


We also understand that there are many students that were not able to experience Welcome week last year so we would encourage anyone that want to take part to join our events. If you can’t make it in person, check out out website for all the virtual events set to take place


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