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Freshers' events

Several of our alumni groups around the world host freshers' events to welcome students embarking on their educational journey at Oxford.

Last year a record-breaking number of groups - 30 globally, from Manchester to Melbourne - held such events, receiving glowing feedback from those who attended. Alumni groups in Cornwall, Manchester and Nigeria were among those holding freshers’ events for the first time.

OUS Manchester’s gathering comprised talks by an undergraduate and emeritus fellow followed by a question and answer session. 

'It was something of a leap in the dark, but turned into a great success,' said group secretary Rosemary Broadbent.

Please see below for the latest details of freshers' events taking place in 2017. If you are interested in organising a freshers' event in your area, please email the Networks team.

UK

OUS Bristol & Bath

Date: Wednesday, 20 September

Time: 7-10pm

Venue: Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath, BA2 6AA 

Fee: Free

RSVP: In order to register for the event, please email the group.

OUS Edinburgh

Date: Tuesday, 26 September

Time: 6-7.30pm

Venue: English-Speaking Union Scotland, 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HQ

Fee: Free

RSVP: To register for the event, please complete the online booking form. Please email group secretary Melissa Highton with any enquiries.

OUS Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Date: Thursday, 28 September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: P&G Wells Booksellers, 11 College Street, Winchester, SO23 9LZ

Fee: Free

RSVP: In order to register for the event, please email group secretary Anne-Marie Drummond.

OUS Hertfordshire

Date: Thursday, 28 September

Time: 6pm

Venue: PwC St Albans, 10 Bricket Road, St Albans AL1 3JX

Fee: Free

RSVP: In order to register for the event, please email group chairman Ian Senior, mentioning the schoool you went to, the college you are going to and the subject you will read.

OUS Norfolk

Date: Thursday, 28 September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: North, 7 Fye Bridge St, Norwich NR3 1LJ

Fee: Free - drinks and snacks provided

RSVP: To register for the event, or for any queries, please email Steve Perkins. When registering, please mention your school, prospective college, and subject.

Europe

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Austria

Date: Friday, 22 September 2017

Time: 6pm

Venue: Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Fee: Free

RSVP: In order to register for the event, please email president Michael Milkowits.

OUS Belgium

Date: Monday, 11 September 2017

Time: 7-9pm

Venue: Aloft Brussels Schuman, WXYZ Bar, rue Juste Lipse 11, 1040 Brussels

Fee: Free

RSVP: The speaker for the event will be H.M. Ambassador Mrs. Alison Rose.  To book for the event, please complete the online booking form. Please email Benjamin Hartmann if you have any queries regarding the event.

OUS Berlin

Date: Friday, 8 September 2017

Time: 6pm

Venue: Süden Gartenwirtschaft, Priesterweg 10, 12157 Berlin 

Details: This event will be combined with a visit to an open air theatre nearby, where alumni will watch Shakespeare's The Tempest beginning at 8pm

RSVP: Registration is essential. Please register by emailing group president Ottilie Klein by Monday, 4 September.

Visit the group's website.

Bulgarian Oxford & Cambridge Society

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Bar Kanaal, 2 Madrid Boulevard, 1505 Sofia, Bulgaria

Fee: Pay for your own drinks

RSVP: In order to register for the event, please email secretary Rossitsa Bolgurova.

Oxford & Cambridge Society of the Czech Republic

Date: Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Time: 7pm onwards

Venue: Týnská literární kavárna, Týnská 6, Praha 1

Fee: Free

RSVP: The speaker for the event is to be confirmed. In order to register for the event, please email the group secretary, providing details of your course, college and department.

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Denmark

Freshers' events in Aarhus and Copenhagen

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017

Time: 7-10pm

Venue: 

Fee: Free

RSVP: Please register your interest in attending either event by emailing Louise Parker.

Oxford & Cambridge Club of Geneva

Date: Thursday, 21 September

Time: 7-9pm

Venue: The Key & Eagle, 7 Rue de-Grenus, 1201 Geneva

Fee: Free

RSVP: To book for the event, please complete the online booking form. Please email Don Birch if you have any queries regarding the event.

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Hamburg

Date: Friday, 8 September 2017

Time: from 6pm

Venue: Cafe Borchers, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1, 20251 Hamburg

Fee: Free

RSVP: In order to register for the event, please email Brian Melican.

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Munich

 Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017

Time: 4.15pm

Venue: Oktoberfest, Munich - the exact meeting point will be announced closer to the date

Fee: €33 per person (includes one food voucher, one Mass beer and a brotzeitbreetl for the table)

Details: Freshers from the south of Germany are cordially invited to join the Oxtoberfest Event to meet current and former students before they head out to Oxford for their first term. Please note that places are limited so you are advised to book early.

RSVP: Please complete the online booking form, using the password: oxfordwiesn

Oxford & Cambridge Society of the Netherlands

Date: Sunday, 10 September 2017

Time: 3-6pm

Venue: Lootsstraat 24-3, 1053NX, Amsterdam

Fee: Free

RSVP: In order to register for the event, please email president Alison Fisher, providing details of your course, college and department. 

OUS Paris

'A tasting of rare and unusual grape varieties'

Date: Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Time: 7pm

Venue: Cercle Suédois, 242 rue de Rivoli, Paris

Fee: Free for freshers and postgraduates starting at Oxford

RSVP: Registration is essential. Please register by emailing vice-president Julia Makris by Friday, 15 September.

Visit the group's website.

Canada

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Toronto

Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017

Time: 6pm

Venue: The Oxley, 121 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4, Canada

Fee: Free

RSVP: Please email group secretary Payal Shah if you wish to attend. 

Please note that there will be another event at the same venue on Tuesday 26 September 2017 if you cannot make this date.

Asia

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Bangalore

Date: Saturday, 2 September 2017

Time: 1-3pm

Venue: Bombay Brasserie, 2989/B, 12th Main Road, Indiranagar, HAL 2nd Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560008, India

Fee: Pay for your own consumption

RSVP: To register for the event, please complete the online form.

Oxford & Cambridge Society of India

Date: Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Time: 6-8pm onwards

Venue: India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi, India

RSVP: To register for the event, please email Vice-President Uday Walia.

OUS Kazakhstan

Date: Friday, 8 September 2017

Time: 7pm

Venue: Darejani Restaurant (Kurmangazy str.), Almaty

Fee: Guest pay for themselves

To register for the event, send an email to Nurseit Niyazbekov (nurseit.n@gmail.com) and/or RSVP on Facebook page