Freshers

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Congratulations if you successfully gained a place at Loughborough University!

You're now one step closer to having an amazing next few years and hopefully you've decided to come to Hazlerigg-Rutland which is a great decision that will enrich your university experience.

This page includes all of the information you should need to know in the run up to Freshers 2019. If you still have any other questions then please message us on our facebook page.

Rigg-Rut Varsity

The 2018 freshers theme for Hazlerigg-Rutland was Rigg-Rut Varsity! It proved to be the most action-packed freshers fortnight and it can be expected for the rest of the year to continue in similarly successful fashion.

2018 Freshers Timetable

This was the 2018 Rigg-Rut Varsity timetable. This provides an example of all the amazing activities on offer here at Rigg-Rut, however, there will be many surprises in store for freshers 2019, including a whole new theme and different themed fancy dress!

Extras To Bring For Freshers

  • Lots of fancy dress – Every night over Freshers will be fancy dressed themed ranging from festival to pride to beach. REMEMBER: the bolder the outfit, the bigger the impression you will make!
  • Suit/Formal dress - The dress code for Freshers Ball is formal so don’t forget to bring something smart with you.
  • Party games - Bringing games to play during the day or at night during pres is always a winner for flat bonding.

What happens during freshers?

Move In Day - Rigg-Rut's Move In Day for 2018 was Wednesday 26th September and for 2019 it will be around a similar time. You have to book a move in slot through the accommodation website and when you arrive on the day we have a team of Fresher Helpers, they will be at the front of Rigg-Rut to help you get your ID card, key and move you in. Once you’re all settled in you can come down to the Granby, our common room in the centre of halls, to find out more about hall life and what’s happening during freshers. 

Freshers 2018 ran from Wednesday 26th September to Sunday 7th October and will be confirmed closer to the time for 2019. There will be something planned every night with a couple of day trips as well so you will be able to get to know your flatmates and other people in the hall. The timetable for LSU events should be released towards the start of September (date to be confirmed).

The main highlights during freshers are:

  • The Sing Off - A chant off between halls on the first Sunday
  • Freshers Ball -A ball at the Union held at the end of Freshers with surprise famous performers, rides, stalls and a lot more.
  • LSU Day Events - Many fun events including Raveminton, Roller-Disco, UV Volleyball and more.

Take a look at our Move In Day Video from 2018 to see what it's like!

Fresher Subs Breakdown

Freshers subs for 1st year students living in Rigg-Rut from 2018-19 was £130. This included all events over freshers fortnight and will also help to subsidise hall events over the year. This is a compulsory payment if you want to be involved in any aspect of hall life. Below is a breakdown of where your money is going!

Things To Pay For Before You Arrive

  • Hall subs – Compulsory – Fee that pays for events throughout the year including Summer Ball, sports events and trips throughout the year. There are 3 Types:
  1. Freshers Subs £130 – This fee is for 1st Years living in Rigg Rut in 2018-19. This gives you access to all the priviliges of the Returners Subs but also includes your Freshers Week Ticket! This pays for your events which you do within hall within freshers week only (which will become a massive part of your Loughborough experience). You need this to get involved with the activities going on in Hall during the two weeks of freshers such as entries and travel to clubs, bowling, town tours, day trips away, punch parties and more. You’ll get a wristband, a freshers pack and a T-shirt which lets us know you’ve bought it, and you’ll get to meet all the people you’ll be spending the next year living with!
  2. Returners Subs £47 - Hall fees which 2nd, 3rd, 4th years in hall need to pay. These are paid at the beginning of the year to subsidise all hall activities throughout the whole year (e.g socials and IMS (Inter-Hall Sport) matches/practices!), maintenance of the common room and a whole lot more. You need to pay these when you move into hall other wise you won’t be able to do anything within Hall, as you won't be registered as a Hall member. Don't worry, returners and committee pay subs too. 
  3. Affiliate subs £10.50 - These are for students that live in town and still want to be part of the Rigg-Rut family. It is only £10.50 and includes a free 'Rigg-Rut in Town' top. If you are living in town for the year but still wish to be part of the hall and get involved in activities such as IMS then you will need to pay for this.
  • Room bond – Compulsory – Basically your room deposit which is a refundable payment (as long as you leave your flat in a good condition) that you have to pay before you arrive.
  • Platinum Cards – Recommended– A payment made to LSU to give you free entry to all Union Night Events (every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and give you drinks deals in the bars and additional loyalty Points. The cost is £149 for Platinum and full details can be found on the LSU Website. While these are not compulsory to have they are highly recommended as they provide a large saving across the year even if you only plan on going out once or twice a week.

These can all be paid for on the LSU website

Gym Memberships

  • Powerbase - 'Powerbase is our Elite Performance Suite, all Loughborough students and staff members are welcome to purchase membership, however the majority of the equipment based in this facility is specifically designed for performance training.'
  • Holywell - 'Holywell Fitness Centre is designed to cater for all fitness levels. With daily group fitness classes, over 75 pieces of the latest cardio equipment, an extensive free weights area and much more, there’s something for everyone!'

These can be paid for on the Loughborough Sport website

Still Unsure? Watch our ‘What To Pay’ guide here:

Check out our 2018 freshers highlights!