A new intake of students has settled into life in Scarborough with a number of special events organised throughout Freshers’ Week.
Events at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus included a battle of the bands contest, karaoke, paintballing, a ghost walk and there was a Freshers’ Fair last Friday.
Kathryn Oram Robinson, the student activities coordinator, said the week had gone well and the fair provided a chance for local businesses and organisations to make contact with the new students.
She added: “It’s for everyone that is going to help them.”
Scarborough Police were represented at the fair and officers provided advice aimed at keeping the students safe.
PCSO Ian Fewster, who patrols the Ramshill area of the town, said the response had been good and local supermarkets had donated some food for hampers which were up for grabs. He said: “We are telling them about basic security and providing crime prevention advice.”
Hannah Metcalf, a 19-year-old from Cheshire, said that the week had been a big help for her. She added: “Scarborough is a nice little town by the beach.”
Daniel Robson, a 19-year-old from Oldham who is also studying educational studies, the week was fun and it was a “really good university”. He added: “It’s a close-knit, tiny university and it’s really nice – I like it here.”
Jacob Davitt, an 18-year-old from Manchester, said he liked the coastal environment and his course – English and education – was flexible in allowing him to choose his own subjects. He said: “It’s a lot freer in the 2nd and 3rd years. This week has been amazing and I’ve met a lot of nice people.”
Ben Bassford, an 18-year-old from Nottingham who will be studying theatre and performance, said he had chosen Scarborough because it offered the best course for him.
He said: “I know people that have come here and they’ve done the same course and loved it.”
Ben said that there was the added bonus of the National Student Drama Festival which is held in the resort every year.
As well as local businesses there were political groups, pressure groups and councils represented at the fair.