How To Dress For Freshers Week

Written by Bronwen | 19/09/2018


How To

The time is nearing, University is calling. Soon you’ll be packing all the pot noodles you can find and promising your parents you’ll be back once your clothes need washing. Freshers week is bound to be full of cheap booze, regretful choices and a few headaches. If you haven’t lived in a big city beforehand, you’re going to be overwhelmed by the huge variation that’s on offer. It might take you a while to find the nights that are suited to you but giving everything a try in the first few weeks is definitely the best way to figure this out.

Quite often your students’ union will have a different night on each day of the week, so this combined with all the different pubs and clubs on every street corner will have you spoilt for choice. But what should you wear? What if you forget to pack a fashion essential? Well stop your worrying young fresher and check out this detailed list of what to wear for what event – tried and tested by students themselves.

Basic Club Night

The generic club is the easiest to dress for, and probably where you’ll all go on your first night at uni. This is the time to make a good first impression, so we recommend you keep it simple with jeans, trainers and a t-shirt. A casual shirt like checked flannel can also slot you nicely in with the crowdy.

If you’re going to a fancier club then we recommend you ditch the trainers and wear some smart shoes – black is the safest choice.

We Recommend: Check Flannel by Lyle And Scott

Sports Social

I lied. The sports social is definitely the easiest night out to dress for. Simply because 90% of the time your sports club will have a specific polo shirt or uniform to wear on your night out, and the other 50% of the time you’ll all be in fancy dress. We recommend you stick to what they ask for – unless you want to do a penalty at the social (top tip: you don’t).

If you’re not in a sports club however and still want to attend the sports social night out, jeans and a low-key t-shirt is the safest shout; you don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb in a crowd full of rugby lads smashing snake bite.


The uni rave is somewhere you can let your hair down and get a bit creative with your outfit. Make sure you leave your nice clothes at home, as there’s bound to be a drink or two thrown about and a lot of sweaty bodies jumping around. Feel free to experiment with glow paint and brighter colours. A patterned vest or bright track jacket will have you looking right at home. Remember to pick fairly loose fitting clothes for a rave though, as you’re going to want to move around a lot, so cotton is the recommended material here.
90s Disco

Your outfit for a 90s disco is rather self-explanatory. Flares, hot pants, acid-wash denim, choker necklaces, hoop earrings, bright colours and eccentric t-shirts are all going to be your friend at a 90s disco. This kind of night is really ideal for dancing like no one is watching, preparing your #throwback filter on Instagram and reliving your younger years. Everyone is going to be belting out tunes from your childhood, so get involved and just enjoy yourself.

House & Grunge

Dressing for a house or grunge night can surprisingly require one of the most efforts for a night out. What you need to remember though is that you’re actually putting in a lot of effort to look like you haven’t made any effort at all. Trainers are a must, and if they’ve got dirt on them from the night before, even better. Skinny jeans for both boys and girls paired with a logo t-shirt like Adidas will fit in perfectly. If it’s a bit cold, take yourself an oversized, vintage sports jacket, which you can easily tie around your waist when you’re inside dancing.

The Casual Pub

Casual pub sessions are another easy occasion to dress for, however, make sure you check whether they have any dress requirements. Some pubs won’t allow certain sports brands or trainers on a Friday or Saturday night, but other than that you can pretty much turn up in whatever you’ve been wearing through the day. Whatever you do, just don’t wear your school leavers hoodie. No! Just no. In fact, don’t even pack it.

A Final Word

No matter where you’re at university, the number of nights out you can go on will be endless. You might as well look good before the infamous freshers-flu hits you, so find out what suits you; whether you go for the music, the people or the venue, and just have fun. You’re definitely going to have a few nights that don’t go to plan but don’t let this put you off, and keep getting out there and throwing some shapes on the dancefloor.

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