New students arriving at the University of Chester this week will have been intrigued by a novel addition to the campus in the form of an authentic, native American-style tee-pee.
The 18ft structure has been set up by the Chaplaincy team and offers new students a ‘chilled-out’ social area during Freshers’ Week.
The first week at University is always hectic for students, with new surroundings, new people and a new way of life to get used to. The tee-pee, constructed at the heart of the Parkgate Road campus, is providing a refuge for those students looking to go somewhere to meet people, away from Chester’s hustle and bustle.
An alcohol-free zone, the tee-pee will also be used as an unconventional meeting point for different clubs and societies at the University throughout Freshers’ Week.
University Chaplain, Ian Arch, said: “The tee-pee is here all week and we want to welcome any students who may want to talk or meet new people. Not everyone is interested in the bars and clubs of the city centre, so we want to provide something a little bit different for them.
“We’ve had a great reaction to it so far. People have visited us throughout the day and into the evening, including on their way to a night out. It’s a fun alternative venue for music and conversation, and an unusual substitute for the many bars and clubs.”
The tee-pee is open for students from 10am until 11pm every day up until Friday and offers refreshments (other than firewater!).