Are you Ready?

View our list of events organised specifically to give our students a fun-filled experience, are you ready to enter a new world with us?





What's this all about?

January Welcome is one of the BUSIEST and most exciting time during the university term time, a fun-packed period filled with meeting new people, settling into new environments, and celebrating the start of your university journey!

From your very first day, we’re here to help you feel at home; from finding lifelong friends, to hanging out with your friends at one of our exciting events or trying something you never thought you would, we have plenty to keep you busy.

Activities have looked quite different over the last few years, due to the pandemic. But after being back in action for over a year, we’re prepping for an awesome January Welcome geared to surpass expectations! We are at the heart of student life in Birmingham and we want to make sure you have every opportunity to get to know the city around you, make friends, memories and ensure you kick off your time at Aston University in the best way possible.

Are you excited to join? Head over to our Aston SU Shop to grab your Aston University hoody and join the community of approx 18,500 students! Browse around our website to read up on all the opportunities available, and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page to see what we get up to in January Welcome 2022.

This January Welcome...

Our designer has taken our students' interests to heart and created the theme around January Welcome with you in mind! The theme this year is Games, which is why the shapes on a controller have been used to represent each personality mascot! The personality mascots include: the Scholar, the Creative, the Competitor and the Reveller. Scroll down to find out more!

Explore the personalities!

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  • Intelligent
  • Sociable
  • Foodie
  • Responsible
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  • Friendly
  • Extrovert
  • Artist
  • Photographer
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  • Player
  • Fitness
  • Supportive
  • Team Builder
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  • Night Owl
  • Optimistic
  • Ever-Ready
  • Resilient

Discover your January Welcome


How can I join clubs/societies?

Joining a club or society is one of the best ways to get the most out of your time here at Aston. With over 130 student-led groups we have something for everyone. Take a look here to see what groups we have on offer! Don't see anything that interests you? Start your own here! We love hearing your ideas for new clubs and societies.

To join a club or society you can join online by visiting the Clubs & Socs page here and signing in with your Aston student log-in.

Where can I buy my Wristband?

Our Welcome Wristbands are a GREAT way to get involved, bringing you a whole bunch of night events at a discounted rate! You can get your wristbands by clicking here.

I want to get involved but don't want to be around alcohol, is there something for me?

Of course! At Aston Students' Union we want to be as inclusive as possible. Thats why we have made sure there is something for everyone! Check out our Day and Evening events.

Is January Welcome just for first year students?

THIS IS A MYTH! All students are encouraged to take part in January Welcome! This includes: returning students, postgraduate students, mature students, exchange students and CEG students.

How many clubs and societies can I join?

AS MANY AS YOU LIKE! The BEST way to know if a club or society is right for you is by attending our Clubs and Societies Fair on the 22nd September - click here to learn more!

Can I bring friends from other universities?

As long as they are accompanied by an Aston student, then absolutely! Just make sure you all bring your student IDs on the day!

Welcome Week 2024.

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