Freshers Fair



This years Freshers' Fair is taking place Sunday 27th September 2020 10am till 3pm,and will bring your arrivals week to a climax!


Freshers' Fair is FREE to attend for all BU & AUB Students - with over 150 exhibitors that can't wait to meet you! Taking place on Lansdowne Campus, in the carpark at the back of Studland House and the Old Fire Station, with over 150 exhibitors that can't wait to meet you! Full access details and procedures in place to safe guard student and exhibitors will be updated on this page when they are finalised. . 

The fair opens 10am to 11am for students with accessibility requirements - where music will be kept to a low level.


Freshers Fair Photos


What is Freshers Fair?

The SUBU Freshers Fair is a HUGE exhibition that is free to attend for ALL BU students. This is your chance to talk to 100's of SUBU Clubs and Societies, SportsBU teams and find out about numerous volunteering and fundraising opportunities that are available to you to take part in alongside your studies.  This is a great way to get more out of your time at BU!

There will also be a collection of over 50 local and national businesses, fused together with live entertainment, sports demos, music, food and drink! There are absolutely loads of freebies and discounts that you can collect, so make sure you don't miss out! 

Are you a SUBU Club or Society?

All the Freshers' Fair bookings for the many SUBU clubs and societies are being organised by our SUBU Student Opportunities team, please contact them and they will help you organise your pitch. The earlier you put your request in then the better your location will be! 

SUBU club or society book your promotional stand early via email: 

Watch last year's incredible video below. 


Keep up to date with exhibitors attending this year by liking the Official Freshers & Refreshers Fair Facebook Page.


Commercial Bookings


This year's SUBU Freshers Fair is on Sunday 27th September 2020, and will bring the arrivals week to a climax for 5,000 new students and 12,000 returning students.

Book Your Freshers Fair Pitch Now

Click here to view the Freshers' Fair booking terms & conditions.

Alternatively for more information or to be sent a booking form contact Andy Elsey, SUBU Sales Executive:  


What is Freshers Fair?

The SUBU Freshers' Fair is a huge exhibition that is free to attend for 18,000 BU students. Included in the fair are lots of local and national businesses together with a collection of live entertainment, sports demonstrations, music, food and drink!

There are 5,000 new first year students to the area each year.

We have welcomed numerous national and local brands to this event, over many years, who recognise this as a key time to connect with our students starting their key life moment of starting University.  Many of whom are often moving to a new area and out into their own home for the first time.  

We've tried to capture the fantastic atmosphere and experience in the highlights video below.


Commercial Highlights Video - Freshers' Fair 2019




Keep up to date with exhibitors attending this year by liking the Official Freshers & Refreshers Fair Facebook Page. 

Did you know...? Our Freshers' Fair is officially one of the best in the country!

BAM Marketing Agency toured 20 Freshers’ Fairs across the UK from Scotland to the South Coast, surveying thousands of students and hundreds of stallholders to compile the most detailed research forming a Top 20 Freshers’ Fairs in the country.  SUBU are proud to be at the top of this list for three years in succession since winning it in 2016. Each year SUBU are measured against some other great Students' Unions and Universities across the country so represents a great achievement.

The full list of the results from other Freshers’ Fairs and survey highlighted results can be viewed by clicking below..

BAM "UK's Best Freshers' Fair"

2018 - Runner-Up2017 - Runner-Up2016 - Winner


What can SUBU offer you?

As organisers of the Freshers' Fair, SUBU is able to offer prime exhibitor pitches, which can accommodate well over 100 commercial partners. A standard Gold exhibitor pitch means a 6ft x 2ft trestle table, 2 chairs, marketing and data capture rights for the entire day as well as the option for free Wi-Fi access, free onsite parking, electric power and a back wall for added marketing presence.

Full prices and options for stalls can be seen below.

Maximise Your Impact...

To expand your marketing campaign during the arrivals period and to continue your relationship with BU students throughout the academic year, then book some additional activities: 

Student Welcome Map - 10,000 map sheets printed - 80mm x 50mm Advert on edge of map - £250. View last year's here.

Freshers Fair Welcome Bag - 4,000 Distributed on Sunday 27th September - be one of the six  stickers price & size T

Freshers Fair Welcome Bag - 4,000 Distributed on Sunday 27th September  - insert your leaflets or samples - £400.

Nerve Magazine Freshers Edition - 2,000 printed copies distributed with 5,000 online readership. Full page advert - £250.

Email Campaign – Reach 12,500 students registered to receive promotional emails - £300.

Halls of Residence Leaflet Distribution - 2,800 leaflet packs delivered to 16 Halls of Residence reaching 6,000 Students - £250. To view next year's distribution dates & details click here. 

Digital Screens - 3 digital screens: 3 landscape screens located in busy Poole House Atrium, entrance of Dylan’s SU Bar & Ground Up Café facing the queue)- £200 a month.

Social Media SUBU Bournemouth 15,750 likes - £50 a post or buy 3 get 1 free - £150.

Indoor Promotional Stand on the busy Talbot Campus Atrium in term time - £200.

Outdoor Promotional Vehicle or 3m x 3m gazebo in busy central courtyard location in term time - £300.

A2 Posters - Various high footfall campus locations - £20 a week.

A0 Posters - Various high footfall campus locations - £35 a week.

Green Impact and Sustainability

This year's Freshers' Fair is on track to be the greenest yet. We have made commitments to increase recycling, composting, ban plastic bags and offset our CO2 emissions by planting tree saplings.

Commercial Stalls: Please support our green aims

Our greatest partners in this environmental effort are our commercial stall holders, so we are looking for your support this year to host a green and sustainable promotional stand!

You can achieve this in the following ways:

  • No use of plastic bags, balloons and/or stickers on your stand.  
  • Electronic devices used to collect data instead of paper.
  • Hand out flyers only to those students who express genuine interest e.g. Not just handing something to everyone passing by.  
  • All items/flyers being handed out are easily recycled and composted - No single use plastic items.
  • Volume of waste is kept to a minimum, and any waste to be 100% recyclable or biodegradable.

Thank you in anticipation for your support.  If you would like to discuss this with us then please contact Andy Elsey, SUBU Sales Executive. .


I'm game! How do I book?

If you have attended our fair in the past, you will know that in order to guarantee a prime location it is advisable to make a booking as early as possible. This will help us ensure that you will be perfectly positioned to begin a long-lasting and profitable relationship with up to 18,000 plus students at Bournemouth University.


Book Your Freshers Fair Pitch Now


Click here to view the Freshers' Fair booking terms & conditions.

Alternatively for more information or to be sent a booking form contact Andy Elsey, SUBU Sales Executive:  

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