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Fresher’s flu: The cause of the pandemic




Fresher’s fortnight tends to be the time in which we settle into our new homes, become acquainted with the new city surrounding us, and of course develop new friendships that will more than likely stay with us for the duration of our degree. So then, what is the best way to bond with our new found friends? Leeds Met and events teams all over Leeds haven’t really left it hard for us to guess, with the many club nights, drinks deals and themed parties that have shown up all over the city in the past couple of weeks.

To kick of the fresher’s fortnight, Leeds Met Student Union held what can only be described as, one of the biggest kick off events in the last few years. They kitted out both the bar and the stage with candy floss, ice creams, and beach back drop sceneries to capture your favourite moments of their beach themed party on Monday 9th September. With special guest appearance by Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil, the atmosphere was on top form.

The fortnight’s events only continued on Wednesday 11th September, with the new club Control’s first official Leeds Met night. With the queues flowing all the way across the retail park, the turnout was one of the biggest seen in quite some time. With its trading times remaining until 5am, its massive rooms and the cheap drinks, it is undeniably a top choice of venue to come and party all night with your new flat mates. Don’t be too saddened that the night came to an end though fresher’s, you can find that event all year round, every Wednesday.

Thursday continued the festivities as Maluko bar hosted a superhero themed event. However, the events didn’t stop when the capes were hung up in the early morning, as the Student Union opened up the stage once more, and hosted their regular Friday event; Fuel. If you prefer the Rock music scene, then this event is ideal for you. With drink prices staying in the student friendly range, whilst meeting new people who share your love for music, there isn’t much this night can’t offer you.

With the weekend arriving, students tend to hide in their halls and avoid the rocketing prices and older generation in the bars. Leeds Met however advertises events that are not only student friendly during freshers, but are aimed at students throughout the year. The main events include, one of Leeds main clubs, Halo. Being located in an old church in the middle of Leeds Met and Leeds University, it is undeniably one of Leeds’ hotspots as they hold a student night every Saturday. If that vibe isn’t for you, then head over to O2 academy, where the nationwide event Propaganda is held. With three different rooms it is hard to not find music to suit you. With guest Dj’s making appearances during Freshers, and for the rest of the year the main room sports an alternative music scene, becoming Leeds’ biggest Indie night. The other two rooms offer a drum and bass/house music option, and an R ‘n’ B room to conclude the perfect range all in one place.

Don’t be afraid the try new venues as the rest of the students join the party, and the year continues. Every venue tends to have a night for everyone. When you’re finally ready to start your recovery, head over to one of Leeds’ many takeaways, order the greasiest pizza you can find with your roommates, and settle down in front of the TV with mounts of lemsip at your side, and ride it out.

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