Preston said 6,000 welcomes as the city’s new university students checked in for Freshers’ Fair.
With the 2013 intake almost all in situ for the new academic year, members of the UCLan Students’ Union laid on a mammoth getting-to-know-you all-day session in the adjacent nightclub 53 Degrees.
The fair was just one of a series of events to make the newcomers feel at home and introduce them to what the university – and the city – have to offer.
“More than 6,000 came through the door, which was about double the number we had last year,” said Students’ Union president Ben Lathom.
“We were delighted with how it went.
“It was very, very busy, although that’s probably not a surprise when you take into account the amount of freebies that are handed out by local companies. That’s always a pull.”
Not all the 6,000 students were freshers, with second and third years also joining the fun and being on hand to give advice and encouragement.
The Students’ Union, which welcomed overseas arrivals last week with a programme of activities, will host daily events all this week before the academic work begins in earnest next week.
On Thursday, local companies and projects will be recruiting at a Jobs and Volunteering Fair, while Sports and Societies Day will be held on Friday.
Already the UCLan Green Ladder Project, which has attracted £200,000 of funding for green schemes in the area, has proved particularly popular.
“There are so many different things going on over this two-week period,” added Ben. “It’s a great way to welcome all the 6,000 or so new students coming to the university this year.
“It’s tough when you first go away from home and we hope that by keeping them all busy with a full programme they will settle in quickly.
“A lot of people see Freshers’ Week as just a week of drinking. There might be a bit of that, but it’s so much more as well.
“Last week we welcomed our new overseas students with a special programme of events. We took them on canal boats, went on trips to Liverpool and Manchester and went bowling.”