Commercial Clients Information & Booking




This year's SUBU Refreshers Fair is on Tues 6th February 10 am to 4 pm, taking place on Talbot Campus across The Student Centre and Courtyard and will kick start semester two on the campus, for 18, 000  Bournemouth University Students.

The fair offers a chance for Students to refresh their University experience and for brands to refresh students, memories, hearts, and minds with their great offers and discounts. 


Book Your Freshers Fair Pitch Now

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

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


What is Refreshers Fair?

The SUBU Refreshers 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 SUBU Departments, Clubs and Societies, Sport BU teams fused together by music, food and drink!

Over 5,000 students visted the fair back in 2019., when we last hosted a physical fair. 

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 

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


Refreshers Fair 2019 - Highlights 


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 Refreshers' Fair, SUBU is able to offer prime exhibitor pitches, in a change for Freshers Fair we can only welcome 20 external exhibitors. 


All stands Include 1.85m x 0.85m trestle table, two chairs, marketing and data capture rights for the entire day as well as the option for free Wi-Fi access, free onsite parking and electric power. 

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: 

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, buy 4 for - £200

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 - 2,800 leaflet packs delivered to 16 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 and also run our own Sustainability audit for all stalls.

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 Partnerships 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 Refreshers' 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

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