It’s about this time of year that we start receiving enquiries from prospective students and their parents about various ‘Warwick Freshers’ groups on Facebook which begin advertising what they claim to be the "biggest moving-in events" of the Welcome period.
Unfortunately, the groups in question are NOT official, nor do these events even take place on campus – in actuality, they are completely unconnected to either the University of Warwick or its Students’ Union (SU). Sadly, we experience problems with this situation every year, as external promoters pretend that the events they're running are part of the official Welcome Week (or "Freshers") programme, and students are duped into parting with cash for events they often don't end up going to!
Many members of these groups are paid reps who aren’t past, current or future Warwick students, while the groups themselves are often used solely as promotional or data-gathering exercises. Official groups will never ask for your personal details (e.g. email address or phone number) when joining, and we advise students not to give this out!
The official Facebook group for incoming Warwick students can be found HERE. This group is administered by staff and student officers at Warwick Students' Union, and is the best place to meet actual Warwick students!
NOTE: The SU does NOT have Hall Groups on Facebook for each of the campus residences this year - once again, please be wary of any other groups (or Group Chats) that have been set up, as these are not run by anyone affiliated with the University of Warwick!
The SU's Instagram page can be found HERE, while the University's official account can be found HERE. Please note that these are the ONLY official Instagram pages for the University of Warwick!
The SU's Twitter feed can be found HERE, while the University's feed can be accessed HERE.
The above-listed channels are the places where we will post all details of the official campus Welcome Week programme as soon as it's confirmed. You don’t need to worry about missing out on any events at this stage – preliminary details of the schedule aren’t usually announced until A-Level Results day (via www.warwicksu.com), while tickets don’t go on sale until enrolment opens in mid-September - keep an eye on our website and social channels for more information nearer the time.
The dates of this year's Welcome period are as follows:
* Arrivals Weekend: 21st-22nd September
* Welcome Week: 23rd September - 29th September inclusive
* Term starts: 30th September
So! Sit back, relax and accept no substitutes for Welcome Week 2019. We look forward to meeting you all in September/October!
For more information on unofficial Facebook groups and events, see The Guardian's article HERE.