welcome fest faq

what is welcome fest?

What is the Welcome Fest wristband?

All the big late-night events are covered by the wristbands, allowing you guaranteed entry to the events. If you want a more specific list of what events we offer, head on over to the events page.

There are other wristbands available, are they official?

Any pages that are selling wristbands but do not have the uea(su) logo on the page are not official. For more information on making sure you’re not getting scammed, take a look at our article on ‘unofficial fresher’ tickets here.We recommend grabbing your wristbands before coming to university to avoid disappointment as we sell out in advance every year.

Can I get a wristband if I am under 18?

The club night events are for 18+ only. However, this does not mean you will miss out on Welcome Fest as there are so many activities to get involved in.

How much are wristbands?

Information coming soon!

What if I do not drink/I am worried about peer pressure?

Welcome Fest is all about making you feel welcome and having an amazing first experience at UEA. An important factor in this is ensuring you that you do not have to do anything you are not comfortable with. We understand that lots of students don’t drink for different reasons, and that’s totally valid. We host loads of non-alcoholic events over the week for you to get involved with.If you feel harassed or pressured to do anything you’re not comfortable with, you can report it to a member of staff either at the event or within the SU.

How can I get home from a night out?

There are many taxi companies that work within Norwich all day but as a university, we want to make sure that students are safe when they find themselves in difficult situations. We have our Safe Taxi Scheme, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, you can call one of the scheme’s taxi company and get home safe and sound. The taxi companies that are currently taking part are: ABC Taxi, 5 Star Taxi, Courtesy Taxi.

Where do I report any sexual harassment issues from a Welcome Fest event?

uea(su) is committed to providing a safe environment to all students, staff and visitors. The University promises to thoroughly investigate all reports of inappropriate behaviour and conduct and will implement recommendations and/or actions in line with the disciplinary policy, equality and diversity policies, and contract of employment.If you experience any form of sexual harassment at any of our events, you can report the incident to any member of security, bar staff or supervisor/duty manager. Also, the university has the Student Support Service who have trained advisers that can provide, confidential advice and support. They will help support you so you can make the decision that is right for you. The quickest way to be meet with an adviser is to complete the ‘Report In’ form online.

How much are the events during the day?

Absolutely free! For students, you do not need to pay but you just might want to bring some money to buy lunch from one of our outlets. All day-time events can also be found on the events page on the SU website.

How do I join a club or society?

We have events during the day time including sports fayre and societies fayre where you can browse through all the amazing opportunities we have to offer, meet the members of those clubs and societies and sign up on the day!

What if I have accessibility needs?

We aim to provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities and to take the necessary steps to meet their requirements. We try to ensure that everything we do is accessible to as many of you as possible. The first hour of the Sports and Societies fayres will be conditioned so it is autism-friendly and inclusive for all.  Further information on disabilities at UEA can be found here.

If I miss the Welcome Fest events, can I still join a club or society?

You can join a sports club or society all year round. All you need to do is head to the Opportunities page on the SU website and purchase your memberships for the year. All the important information about the clubs and societies can be found on their page so read up before you sign up! We recommend you attend Freshers’ Fair though, as you could pick up important information that might not be listed on their website, such as the first social that the group might host or the first give-it-a-go session.

What if I'm an international student and my bank card isn't working?

We will be holding back a number of wristbands specifically reserved for international students just incase your bank card doesn't work

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