Exposed’s Guide to Freshers’ Week

FRESHERS! Welcome to Sheffield, you’re gonna love it here. Have a read of our handy guide to Freshers’ Week and prepare yourself for an unforgettable fortnight.

The Leadmill

Legendary Sheffield venue of over 35 years and indie kid paradise, this place has played host to the likes of The Strokes, Oasis and The Stone Roses. And as the city’s longest running nightclub it also boasts close ties to the student population, with themed nights such as GAGA Fridays or Sonic Saturdays always popular with members of both universities.

What’s on
Fri 16th Rat Boy // GAGA opening night
Sat 17th SONIC free party
Sun 18th UV Paint Party
Mon 19th LOADED
Tues 20th Silent Disco
Thurs 22nd RAWKUS! Frat Party
Fri 22nd GAGA Neon Party


A city centre dance haven and winners of Best Club and Best Club Night (Student Saturdays) at the Exposed Awards, relative newcomers on the nightlife scene Code have wasted no time in establishing themselves as one of the most popular party spots in the city. Building on their recent success, the venue has announced the addition of a state-of-the-art warehouse room to the venue, putting it right up there as one of the best house venues in Yorkshire.


What’s on
Sun 18th Freshers Opening Carnival
Tues 20th Chaos Launch Party
Fri 23rd Muzik Ibiza Session with Oliver Lang


A firm favourite offering a wide range of nights out – from weekly live gigs to clubbing events of all types, there’s something for everyone. Three rooms welcome some of the best local and touring DJ talent, and a recent takeover by the Propaganda and MJR Group means that 2016 will see a number of new events added to the roster.


What’s on

Sat 17th Sheffield Hallam Students Union official Freshers’ Welcome Party
Sun 18th BCM World Tour – Freshers’ Rave
Sat 24th MJR Presents… DJ Fresh

Quite simply a Sheffield institution, albeit a rather sweaty, sticky one. One of the biggest clubs in the city and up there with some of the most popular alternative venues in the UK, its Skool Disco night on Wednesdays is one of the longest-running student events and a veritable rite of passage for anyone coming to study here.


What’s on
Mon 19th Official Freshers Frat Party
Weds 21st Freshers Skool Disco Special
Fri 23rd Drop Special

Area Sheffield
A newbie on the scene, Area Sheffield is situated in the building which once held Sheffield’s only ‘superclub’ Embrace. Hosting the official Gatecrasher reunion parties and getting the likes of Roger Sanchez and Late Nite Tuff Guy to the opening raves suggests that this will become another hot spot on the city’s dance scene.


What’s on
Head to for event announcements.

O2 Academy
Located bang in the middle of the city inside the iconic old Roxy nightclub (ask yer mam or dad), O2 is made up of two floors and doesn’t just host a range of student-friendly club nights and some of the best live gigs in the city, but other must-attend events such as the Freshers’ Fair.

Frank Turner O2 Sheffield
What’s on
Tues 20th Back to the Nineties Freshers Tour 2016
Weds 21st The Sheffield Students’ Freshers Fair
Thurs 22nd The Ministry of Sound Paint Party Tour 2016
Fri 23rd September, The Superfunk Rollerdisco

Bustling late-bar on Rockingham Street, whose various drinks offers, range of nights Mon-Sat and quality local DJs – with a particular penchant for RnB and old-school party classics – makes Soyo a popular destination throughout the week.


What’s on
Sun 18th Super Spin the Wheel
Head to and @SOYOSheffield for the latest Freshers’ Week announcements.

Carver Street
With five popular late-night bars and clubs – Viper Rooms, Crystal, Paris, Popworld, Beg Borrow & Steal – on a short stretch of road, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Also the home of the Block Party, which allows entry to all venues for the price of one.

What’s on
Mon 19th New Mondays Launch Party @ Paris // Headphone Disco @ Crystal
Tues 20th Quids In Opening Party @ Crystal
Wed 21st Sheffield Parties
Thur 22nd Lost City: The Carver Street Freshers Festival
Fri 22nd Poptastic @ TBA

Hope Works
North-east of Sheffield’s city centre and parallel to the River Don, you will find Hope Works – Sheffield’s low-key rave shrine. With occasional events featuring some of the best DJ talent from all over the globe, it’s one of the city’s hidden gems.



What’s on
Sat 24th Hope Works presents Floating Points, also featuring special guest, Lo Shea and Chris Duckenfield.

The Night Kitchen
Revered labyrinthine rave venue situated in the industrial Shalesmoor area, The Night Kitchen is rated as one of the best underground dance venues across the UK and is a must-visit location for any basshead.

The Night Kitchen Cads

What’s on
Sat 24th Bluewave 90s Special with DJ Deekline

Immensely popular house music venue regularly introducing some of the genre’s hottest performers behind the decks. This subterranean night club hosts some great student nights including SunKen, which sees a mix of special guests and residents such as James Barra playing until the wee hours.

Tank Nightclub - Sheffield Music Venues


What’s on
Sat 24th Clean Bandit (DJ set), Jamie Duggan, Corrupt + more!

Sheffield Students’ Union
Sheffield University’s award-winning union hosts three highly-regarded venues – Foundry, Studio & Fusion – each one a home to live shows, wide-ranging club nights and social events.


What’s on

Fri 16th Freshers Warm-up Party @ Foundry // Climax: We Are Family @ Studio & Fusion
Sat 17th Pop Tarts – Ain’t No Party Like A Pop Tarts Party
Sun 18th Freshers Thai Full Moon Beach Party
Mon 19th Freshers Frat Party
Weds 21st ROAR Animal Party
Thurs 22nd Freshers Last Night


And don’t forget about the bar crawls!
Sun 18th Freshers 2016: Uni vs Hallam Annual Bar Crawl
Sun 25th The Big Bar Crawl Sheffield

Pick up next month’s student mag for an in-depth guide to Sheffield nightlife.

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