Commercial Partners Information & Booking Page




This year's SUBU Freshers Fair is on Saturday 28th September 2024, 10  am to 3 pm, 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 going to 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


Commercial Highlights from previous years

Freshers Fair - 2021



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 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-Up, 2017 - Runner-Up, 2016 - 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.

UPDATE: PRICE FREEZE TILL the end of  summer term Friday 21st June 2024  

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 - 5,000 map sheets printed & distributed. 80x50mm landscape advert on edge of map - £250

Email campaign to new and existing students - Reaching 15,000 students registered to receive promotional emails - £375

Social Media Post (SUBU Bournemouth) - £65 per post, or four post - £200

SUBU Newspaper Freshers Edition A3 Publication 4, 000 printed and distributed  - Portrait full page advert - £500, Lanscape half page  - £300

Digital Screens - 3 landscape screens in key locations (facing the queue for Ground Up cafe, Poole House central atrium, entrance to Dylan's Bar) - £25 per week per screen, £300 per month minimum

Halls of Residence Leaflet Distribution - 2,500 leaflet packs delivered to 12 halls of residence reaching 6,000 students - £275

Indoor promotional stand (term time) - includes 2 social media posts - £200

Outdoor promotional vehicle (term time) - includes 2 social media posts - £300

A2 Posters (W420mm x H594mm) - various high footfall campus locations - £20 per week

A0 Posters  (W841mm  x H1189mm) - various high footfall campus locations - £35 per week

Six-Sheet Size Posters (W1,200mm x H1,800mm) - £50 per week


Green Impact and Sustainability

SUBU is committed to making our Freshers Fair as environmentally sustainable as possible. We’re working with charity Ecolibrium to balance fossil-fuel travel miles to the Fair.

To work out the impact of your travel to the Freshers' Fair and to balance your journey, please use the simple Travel Carbon Calculator provided by Ecolibrium and donate accordingly. 100% of donations will be invested directly into clean renewable energy and/or tree planting to offset Co2 emissions.

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 Commercial Partnership Manager 


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:  

Post: Students' Union at Bournemouth University, Student Centre, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB

Already booked?

The Talbot Campus Map showing the additional drop-off zones and event parking is available by clicking here. 

Directions to Talbot Campus are available by click here.

Last years student FREE bus timetable is available by clicking here  

Last years Freshers' Fair Highlights Map is available by clicking here