University of Gloucestershire buzzing with Freshers' Fair
Excited students were buzzing with energy as they started their university journey at a bustling freshers’ fair.
Doctors were registered with, copious numbers of pens were handed out, and numerous clubs and societies saw their memberships swell.
But, true to one of the oldest student stereotypes in the book - the love of a good freebie - the longest queue of the day was for free pizza.
The University of Gloucestershire has welcomed close to 2,000 new undergraduates this year and they were all keen to take in the delights of a diverse introduction at the Park campus in Cheltenham, which included an American football demonstration, a climbing wall and a bucking bronco.
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Gabby Lacey, 18, from Hastings, is a first year law student.
She said she chose to come to Cheltenham to study after falling in love with the town.
“I just really liked the town when I visited,” she said.
“It is really friendly and it is quite close knit. Also, it is not a huge town and everyone is lovely.
“I got here last Saturday and I really like it here.
“The university isn’t massive so you aren’t just a face in the crowd. Everyone here is really friendly and helpful.”
Sarah Fox, 19, has lived in Geneva, Switzerland her whole life and chose to come to Gloucestershire to study marketing, advertising and communication.
She chose the university because the chance to study in England was “too good to miss”.
She said: “I chose England because I had the opportunity to study here and it helped that some of my family live not too far away.”
However, not all of the students are from far afield.
Some have chosen to stay in their home town, like Sam Morgan.
The 20-year-old is studying law and he said his first few days at university have mainly comprised of pointing people in the right direction.
He said: “I chose to stay in Cheltenham because it meant less faffing, to be honest.
“It is for ease and convenience.
“I have been doing a lot of direction-giving so far, showing people where the supermarkets are.”