Saturday, 16 September 

Freshers’ Fest – Your Big First Year Welcome Party, from 12 to 11pm!

Freshers' Fest 2023 banner image of 2 students smiling and waving

Have questions?

Visit the Help Hub for key info on parking and navigation during orientation, and make sure to check out the helpful resources below for any other queries you may have.

Library Welcome Desk 

When: 10am–12pm
Where: Ground floor, James Hardiman Library 

Pop into the Library foyer and talk with the staff at the welcome desk for advice and support on Library and IT services. There will also be student ambassadors on hand to help you with any queries. Make sure to attend if you’re having any issues setting up email, Blackboard, Office 365 or Wi-Fi. 

You usually need your student ID card to enter the Library but you can let the Library stewards know that you’re a first-year student, and they will open the gate for you. See a list of upcoming Library workshops and events here.

Student Enquiry Centre 

When: 12–3pm 
Where: Arts/Science Building, Concourse 

Drop by our Student Enquiry Centre – your first-stop shop for all your student needs and queries. 

Guided Campus Tours

When: 10am - 4pm, running every 30 minutes.
Where: At the Quadrangle

Want to get to know your new campus better? Come along on a campus tour. Each tour group is led by our trained Student Guides who will bring you on an Accessible route from South Campus to Central Campus, showing you our beautiful, historical campus, its buildings and interesting features. The tour takes approximately 40 mins. Our guides are happy to answer questions and make you feel right at home. All are welcome – furry friends and children included. 

Saturday Events:

Student Life 101 – Mandatory Session


  • 12-1.30pm, All College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies and all College Business, Public Policy & Law students. Why not go to the Student BBQ at the Chaplaincy after the talk and grab some delicious food? 
  • 2-3.30pm, All College of Science & Engineering and all College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences students. Fuel up on some delish food at the Student BBQ at the Chaplaincy before this session! 

Where: Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn

All you need to know to get off to a good start! Get practical tips on surviving and thriving in university from finding your timetable, learning to houseshare, making friends and getting involved in your university community. Presented by your Students’ Union, Student Societies and ALIVE Volunteering. 

Freshers’ Party – Daytime 

When: 12–4pm
Where: Áras na Mac Léinn and outside area

Meet the Societies, live bands, freebies, free food, play games, win prizes – need we say more? Our campus radio station, Flirt FM will provide the tunes; why not stop by and say hello?

Meet the Socs

Where:Áras na Mac Léinn and outside area

Meet the Societies, including: Timelord Soc testing your Dr. Who Knowledge, Filmsoc showing you their equipment collection, Women in Law challenging you to a guessing game and get creative with Writers soc. 

Student Life Expo

When: 12-3pm
Where: Áras na Mac Léinn foyer

Kickstart your time in University and give yourself every opportunity to make the most of your student experience by checking out our Student Life Expo. Get the low down on all things University of Galway from ALIVE, Céim, Enlight, our Student Success Coaches and more! Our student support staff will be happy to answer any question you might have.

Treasure Hunt 

When: 12–1.30pm, 2-3.30pm
Where: Gazebo outside Áras na Mac Léinn foyer

Solve some riddles, get to know your new campus better and make new friends along the way with this fun filled treasure hunt devised by Cumann Staire our History Society. Give your brain a workout for the chance to win the fabulous prizes including €20 on your SU card for the winning team.

Simon Community Pop-Up Shop

When: 12-4pm
Where: The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn

Call in to Simon Community's Pop-Up shop and grab some bargains while supporting a good cause!

Student Union's Giant Games

When: 12-4pm
Where: Student Union's Office, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

What's better than games? GIANT GAMES! Join the SU team and challenge yourself to play some classic games in all their oversized glory. 

Student BBQ at the Chaplaincy 

When: 12–4pm 
Where: Gairdín Sosa, Chapel of St Columbanus 

Enjoy the beautiful, peaceful scenery of Gairdín Sosa, while chatting with other students and digging into some delish (FREE) BBQ grub, provided by University of Galway’s Chaplaincy. Meet staff and discover the social and study facilities available throughout the year. 

Pop-up Gaeltacht 

When: 4-6pm  
Where: Outside Áras na Mac Léinn 

Practice your Gaeilge or learn cúpla focal (a few words) at our Pop-Up Gaeltacht in the gazebos Hosted by Barry Ó Siochrú, and Cumann Gaelach and Cumann Dramaicochta with games and music. Make your own crisp sandwich and have a cup of tea! Fáilte Roimh Chách! Everyone is welcome.

Socs' Games Room 

When: 4-8pm
Where: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer 

Want to chill out and make new friends? Why not play some games with the Gaming Societies in The Hub.

Barbie Party 

When: 5-8pm
Where: The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Join Socs for a Barbie themed party! Wake up in your own pink world and enjoy lots of fun and games, music, food and a chance to mingle with all the Barbies and Kens! 

Freshers' Comedy Bingo

When: 6–7.30pm
Where: Bailey Allen Hall 

Indulge your inner funny with award-winning comedian, Steve Bennett at our Saturday night Bingo. Fun, puns and prizes galore – a must-see event! Some of the prizes on offer include: 

  • 2 tickets to Hallows Oct 31st
  • 2 tickets to the German Socs Corrib Princess Boat Trip Sept 27th
  • 2 Tickets to a Dramsoc Show of their choice this semester
  • €10 on your SU Card

Socs Talent Show

When: 6–8pm 
Where: Bank of Ireland Theatre, Arts/Science Building

Take to the stage along some of University of Galway's performing societies in a talent show extraveganza. Adoring audience members and soon to be stage stars welcome!

Chill Zone

When: 8-11pm
Where: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn

Need a break from all the excitement? Take a moment to chill on the bean bags and chat to your peers!

Freshers’ Party – Evening 

When: 8–11pm 
Where: Sult College Bar, Áras na Mac Léinn foyer and outside area 

Enjoy a free night of music from our live band, Siúcra and our own DJ Society at the student bar, Sult. Flex your favourite dance moves outside at the silent disco. Don't want to miss the Rugby World Cup? It will be screening in the Corrib Room upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Meet new friends and most importantly, have fun!

For a quick view of the social programme check out