The University of Surrey Students' Union has a vibrant community and nightlife scene, catering for a diverse range of tastes. This year we have adapted to keep the party going, and provide as many events as possible through 2020:
Since the first lockdown measures came into place, we've hosted loads of virtual events, including Virtual Flirt, with our Friday night resident DJ Karl Thomas and a host of other guests, as well as our weekly Hari's Challenge Pub Quiz.
Back on campus, and at the start of the new academic year we transformed the University's Lake into an open air venue; comprising of a pop-up bar, designated seating for up to 600, and an outdoor stage for events and live streams. Our Fresher's week was undoubtedly an incredible experience for everyone who got involved.
Post-fresher's, we converted our 1,550 capacity nightclub into Rubix Lounge, our redesigned bar provides a new music setup with SubTV allowing you to control the music, as well as table service food and drinks on offer 7 days a week. Into October we opened a new, even bigger covid-secure venue with The Marquee, providing daily entertainment, from Movie Nights, to Live music, DJ's and hosting Hari's Challenge too.
We can't wait to get back to partying and bringing students together as the new restrictions ease, whatever the new normal becomes, we are ready to bring back a range of entertainment for all!
The Marquee & Rubix Lounge FAQs
Current Update: Rubix Lounge is currently closed until further notice, The Marquee is closed from 4th December until 4th January when it will open as a study space serving food and drinks, Monday to Friday 11am-6pm.
What is The Marquee and when is it open?
We've converted the marquee at Pats Field into a relaxing daytime social space, providing food and drinks through the round app, and our latest night-time venue, featuring entertainment such as Hari's Challenge, Citrus, Flirt, and over 100 tables (the UK's biggest covid-friendly student venue!). Currently The Marquee is only operating as a study space, but will be closed between 5th December and 3rd January, opening Monday to Friday, 11am to 6pm, from 4th January.
What is Rubix Lounge and when is it open?
Rubix Lounge is our redesigned, covid-secure bar - featuring SubTV (where you can request songs by downloading the SubTV App), seating for over 330 people, pool and table football, as well as food and drink served through the Round app. Rubix Lounge is currently closed until further notice.
Are non-students allowed at The Marquee/Rubix Lounge?
As long as they are accompanied by a student (and at the discretion of the duty manager) non-students are allowed in.
Do I need to buy a ticket or book a table?
Nope! All our events are currently free until further notice - we don't have any booking system in place for tables, so we do advise you come early to avoid queuing.
Do I need to bring my student ID?
Please bring your student ID where possible as it makes the entry process quicker, if you do not have this then please bring another valid form of ID and fill out track and trace on the door.
Can I bring my own Food and Drinks?
You are able to bring your own food to both The Marquee and Rubix Lounge; both venues also have food available to purchase on site (Lord Falafel in Rubix Lounge and a different food trader in The Marquee every week). You won't be able to bring your own drinks however.
How many people can I come with?
To comply with current government guidance, tables of up to 6 people from a single household can be seated in The Marquee, tables in rubix lounge range from 2 to 11 people (once again from the same household) but keep in mind that bigger tables may fill up quick!
If you are an external company and have a question about arranging events at the Union, please contact our Community Manager – email@example.com
If you are a club or society and have a question about arranging events at the Union, please contact our Community Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Not all events in the Students' Union revolve around partying though- events throughout the year are extremely diverse due to the wide variety of clubs/societies and cultures at the University of Surrey! Here's a list of some of the events that take place during the academic year :
Fresher's Fayre: Come down to PATS field in Fresher's Week, and explore the 180+ clubs, societies, departments and external companies (such as Domino's and McDonalds!) and learn about the amazing opportunities that your University Life has to offer (and also grab a massive bag of freebies of course!)
Gradsport - Alumni sports members face the current crop of university students in their respective sports to see if the club legends have what it take to win against the current club members!
End Of Year Show- What's a better way to celebrate the end of your exam season, than 4 days of giant parties in Rubix!? Acts such as Chase and Status, Sub Focus and Krept & Konan have performed before.
Gradball - A massive black-tie event that takes place from 6pm to 6am every year, to be one last party before everyone leaves for the summer (or to celebrate graduation)! Usually begins with a funfair and entertainment on PATs field, before moving over to Rubix to party until 6am... those who last the entire night are rewarded with a free breakfast at Hillside.
Strictly Come Surrey- Every year, 12 people from the University of Surrey are nominated by their peers to battle on the dancefloor in a massive event held in University Hall. Keeeeeeep dancing!
Varsity- Every year we battle Royal Holloway in Varsity- sports clubs from both universities send teams of students to play their sports against each other. The venue alternates every year between Surrey Sports Park and Royal Holloways sporting grounds, but it doesn't matter as Surrey is currently on a 10 year winning streak for Varsity!
One World Showcase and Exhibition- Held every year over at GLive, One World Showcase is where many different societies create a performance relating to their culture/activity, culminating in a fantastic spectacular showcase ranging from Latin dancing to Gospel Choirs. One World Exhibition is held in Rubix during the afternoon, where cultural societies run stalls
Whilst the events we have to offer this year may be slightly different than normal in order to meet the requirements of the current situation, we're still going to provide the best entertainment possible and can't wait to get back to it!