Every five years, the university celebrates a special anniversary: the lustrum. This is marked by a special Anniversary Day celebration, followed by a series of festive and spectacular activities organised by student societies in the months thereafter. One notable example, from 1906, is the construction of an entire Roman arena. For many years, the university also had a tradition of holding a costume parade based on a specific theme. This tradition was reinstated in 2006.
At the 76th five-year anniversary or lustrum in 2016, the university together with students, staff, alumni, local and regional partners has organised a wide range of activities.