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Key dates and events 

It’s not long to go until you join and there’s so much to look forward to! On this page you can find out about key dates for your diary as well as some great events we’ve got planned.

Saturday 18 September 2021: International arrivals and induction begins. International students can find helpful information about travelling to the University, as well as visa information within our welcome steps.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021: Our welcome activities start with Welcome Weekend. All students, including returning students, are invited to join us over the weekend to take part in our welcome zone, with lots of activities to try from our welcome photobooth, smoothie bikes, arcade dance machine and much more.

27 September to 3 October 2021: Alongside your Students’ Union, we are putting on a range of exciting events as part of our welcome week. We will be continuing to update our welcome events calendar with further details so watch this space.

Monday 4 October 2021: Autumn term and semester 1 teaching begins.

Key welcome events


We've got a number of fantastic events lined up just for you! We're continuing to update our welcome events calendar so check back again to find new events over the coming weeks.

Students standing on campus.

Welcome Zone: 25-26 September

Make this your first stop during welcome weekend. From photobooths to arcade dance machines, there's something for everyone to try.

Booking not required
Students practicing yoga with disco

Be Active: Disco Yoga: 27 September

Yoga moves to disco grooves! Come join the first free Be Active session of the new academic year.

Book here
Students painting

Paint and Chill workshop: 28 Sept

Guided by local artists, you will learn how to create your very own work of art.

Book here
Terrariums with plants

Terrarium Workshop: 28 September

Come and learn how to make your own garden-in-a-jar and hear about the fascinating history of terrariums

Book here
Students watching cinema outdoors.

Outdoor Pedal cinema: 1 October

Take part in a unique pedal-powered outdoor cinema experience.

Book here
Students dancing in a nightclub.

Get involved in SUSU events

Our students' union (SUSU) have been busy planning an amazing Freshers 2021 for you! All SUSU Freshers’ events will be hosted on their website.

Find out more

An enhanced Welcome and Transition programme of activities is being offered to those students who consider themselves to be neurodivergent. Students falling in this category have been invited to book onto those activities which will support their orientation and transition to life at the University of Southampton.

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