Campus Life

Jailbreak 2016 is coming

For those of you who don’t know, Jailbreak is a major event in the student calendar. The general idea is that you are in teams of 3-4 and you have 52 hours to get as far away from Cardiff (and back!) as possible. The catch? You are not allowed to spend any money on travel. You’ll have to beg, borrow (we don’t advise stealing) and charm your way onto flights, ferries and coaches.

Last year, the team that made it the furthest and back got to Rome. Another got to Barcelona, but failed to return to base within the allocated time. Creativity and endurance will be rewarded, here at Cardiff Volunteering, we want to see the wildest and wackiest ways you can get across the world.

At Cardiff University, we don’t like to be outdone. Previous Jailbreak teams from other Universities have made it to Israel, Tokyo, LA and Australia. Don’t believe us? Google it. Are you up for the challenge? Think you can outdo Oxford or Warwick? Then this is the competition for you.

Jailbreak 2016 will be happening Friday 4th March – Sunday 6th March. It is £10 early bird entry per person (this gets you a teeshirt, third party insurance and a donation to RAGS Charities), each member of the team will also need to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship. You need to be in teams of 3-4 of which at least 1 person must be a Cardiff University student (so you can have a team with siblings, partners, and other university members for example. You could even bring your nan!). All team members must be 18 by the 4th of March, no exceptions.

We will be holding information talks after exams and full briefing will be given to you! There will also be prizes for various challenges that we will be issuing over the 52 hours, with an overall prize for the team that gets the furthest and back in the allocated time – the more outrageous and creative you can be, the more likely you are to win a prize.

Part of a sports team or society? This will count as one of your volunteering activities with Cardiff Volunteering for the tiering system! (You need to do 1 a year for silver, 1 a term for gold).

More of a homebird? Not to worry, we will have plenty of opportunities to get involved at basecamp here in Cardiff.

Earlybird tickets go live on 1st December, those of you at the Heath will get a presale on Monday 30th November in the Students Union at the Heath.

If you’ve got any questions, email us at, call us on 02920 781494 or message us on facebook (Cardiff Volunteering).

You can purchase tickets and see the terms and conditions by heading to


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