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How to spot ‘Fake Freshers’

How to spot ‘Fake Freshers’

We’re so excited to welcome you this September - here’s a few things to remember before buying event tickets online.

2nd July 2024


Every year, unofficial or fake Freshers and Welcome events/groups appear across social media. We’ve already seen some and most of you haven’t even got your results yet! 

 

Often these claim to be the only 'official' Welcome/Freshers events or groups for University of York students. As a result of this, we often get queries from prospective students who've spent money on events that aren't real, or aren’t our official events.

 

The key things to remember are: 

 

  • University of York Welcome/Freshers events will only be organised by your college or us here at the University of York Students’ Union.
  • All tickets will only be available on the University of York Students’ Union website (both college tickets and ours). 

     

No tickets have gone on sale yet. We’ll give a specific date closer to the time, and you’ll see it all over our social media and in your inbox. 

 

We're still busy planning Welcome/Freshers activities, so make sure to follow us on , , and to keep up to date with the latest news. 

 

You can also follow the University of York's , and . These accounts will:

 

  • Give you information about arriving at York. 
  • Share our official events.
  • Give you a flavour of student life at York.

How to spot a 'fake' event

Unofficial' events or pages may:

 

  • Use panic tactics to scare you. They might make you feel like you’ll miss out if you don't buy their tickets straight away.
  • Use branding that isn't recognizable or consistent. Or they might steal ours or the University's logo to put on their branding. But it will probably be of low quality.
  • Change the location of an event suddenly or not have a location at all.
  • Have a disclaimer in their bio about not being affiliated with the University of York Students’ Union or the University. Make sure to read the small print.
  • Some events may advertise entry to multiple venues for one price. But be careful as a lot of these venues, particularly bars, will be free entry anyway. This might mean that you’re paying for nothing!
  • Some websites will advertise events for both the University of York and York St. Johns. None of our Welcome/Freshers events are a collaboration with York St. John’s and so you won’t see us advertise our events in the same space!

What's so bad about these 'unofficial' events or pages?

These events are not guaranteed to be just for students, safe, or necessarily legal. Sometimes they're just completely made up to make a private company some money or get hold of your data.

 

Here at the University of York Students’ Union, we run events in conjunction with York Parties. Our events have a number of safety elements like:

 

  • SIA (Security Industry Authority) licensed security staff.
  • Nightsafe.
  • .
  • A University of York Students’ Union liaison present at every weekly official club night. 

     

None of these safety elements are part of unofficial events. 

 

Unofficial social media pages aren't always necessarily a bad thing, especially if you know they're not affiliated. They may be run by students and be used to introduce you to others on your course or in your college. Just make sure to fact check anything you read on these. 

 

However, other groups are run by external events companies. These companies are trying to make money from events that aren't run by us, your college or the University, as well as collect your data.

Any questions? 

We appreciate that this can be an overwhelming time. There’s a lot of information being given to you - and the last thing we want to do is worry you! Follow this guidance and you’ll be fine.

 

And if you have any questions, you can message us on , , and , or email us at events@yusu.org. 

 

Please note: our branding is changing, so you might notice that our logo and name looks different across summer - we don’t want you to get confused and think you’re being scammed! 

 

The below logos are both ours -  

 

New logo                                                               Current logo

Lefthand logo is a shield with text next to it reading '鶹¾'. Righthand logo is three circles next to each other with text inside reading '鶹¾, 鶹¾'