As most graduates will tell you, one of the best parts of attending university in the UK is the plethora of exciting and absurd societies on offer. All first year students arrive to their freshers’ fair with a clear idea of which clubs they wish to join; the rugby team, business society or oxfam charity. This all changes pretty quickly as they are faced with the vast number of opportunities on offer, so keep reading for StudentJob’s recommendations of 7 fun societies to join at university…
20 minute society
Belonging to Newcastle University, this is a society offering a number of fun social events and activities. The idea of the club is pretty innovative, an event is organised and members are sent a text 20 minutes before the activity begins. Members then have 20 minutes to turn up to the event. Offering paintballing, comedy nights and even a holiday, this is certainly something worth getting involved with!
You can find this society at many universities in the UK including Nottingham Trent, Liverpool University, LSE and Birmingham University. The beauty of this club is you will not only learn the art of mixology...you will also meet a number of new friends too. Many of the societies offer a variety of socials, with cocktail masterclasses from the committee, as well as a chance to try out the bars in your local area. So, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a bartender, this is definitely the society for you.
Harry Potter society
Bringing together fans of the books and films, you can find Harry Potter societies at a large majority of UK universities. Activities often involve movie nights, an annual sorting ceremony, and even Quidditch matches! That’s right, you really can take part in Quidditch matches and also have the chance to compete in the British Quidditch Cup. Durham University Quidditch Club, Nottingham Nightmares and Warwick Quidditch Club are just a few of the many teams who take on the challenge each year.
An ideal society for you to challenge your intellectual side is the debate club. Here you will have the chance to discuss topics on a competitive level, as well as the opportunity to make a whole host of new friends. Meeting like-minded people is one of the biggest benefits of joining this society, as well as having the chance to spend your evenings debating topics that challenge your perspective and opinions. Debate societies also often organise fun socials for their members, meaning it isn’t all work and no play…
Whether you already have experience playing a sport, or you want to try your hand at something new, now is your chance to join a sports society. This truly is one of the best ways to make friends at university, since you will have sports practise at least twice a week and therefore spend a vast amount of time with your teammates. To add to this, you will have the chance to take part in sports nights which usually occur weekly and are usually some of the best parties at university!
Competitive eating society
We all like to champion ourselves as big eaters, but now is your chance to really take it to the next level. The University of Kent is offering its students a competitive eating society, an opportunity to eat your heart out and meet a ton of new people. Try your hand at a triple threat hot dog or an ultimate burger and see how you fair up against the competition. With a number of exciting social events on offer, this is a great way to meet fun and friendly individuals who are definitely up for a challenge..
Raise and give society (RAG)
The majority of universities have a RAG society and it is a club you should try your hardest to get involved with! They are usually a fundraising body at the student union, working to raise money for various charities and engage with their local community. Most RAG societies offer you the chance to take part in LOST (you are dropped off in a mystery location and have to find your way back with no money) and also a number of treks, events and even skydiving! You always find an incredibly friendly bunch at any RAG society, so it is worth checking out if you want to make new friends and make a difference!
Article by Saffron Shergill of Student Job
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