Societies are great for meeting new people, but also for gaining new skills and even engaging in interesting projects, check out this handy list of different societies that can be found at your university.
1. Sports societies
No matter what course you are on, you will most likely find a variety of sports societies offered at your university. You may already play a sport, or perhaps you’re looking to keep fit and relieve some of the stress from your uni modules. Be sure to see what sports are offered, because they can range from well-known sports such as football, to more specific sports such as acrobatic or cheerleading.
2. Technical societies
You are certain to find a range of societies focusing on a technical skill at university. These can range from hard-core computer programming societies, to quantum mechanics society (yes, it exists).
3. Film/TV societies
Everyone will have a favourite TV show, anime, or maybe you just love watching films! There will be the generic film societies that meet up to watch new films on a weekly basis, but you will find more specific societies relating to particular TV shows, such as Game of Thrones society.
4. Music societies
As with film and TV, I’m sure that you will all have a favourite genre or music, a cool band you admire, or you may even play an instrument. So check out your student union to see what music societies are offered. They can range from thrash metal society to classical music appreciation society, so I’m sure that there will be something for you.
5. Religious/equality societies
In addition to those mentioned above, you can be sure to find societies focusing on particular
cultures/religions also. Perhaps you are looking to meet more people from your country, or maybe you are looking to meet some more students who share the same religion as you. Well these sorts of societies can definitely be found at all universities. To name a few, there are: LGBT society, Afro-Caribbean society, Christian society, the list goes on! And even if you aren’t a follower of a particular religion, you could still join the societies to learn more about different cultures/ religions.
Okay, so there are a few of the many societies that universities have to offer, but I guess the question now is… how do you join them? Well, when you have enrolled and fresher’s fair is underway, there will be advertisements from the student union both at the fresher’s fair and on social media, where you will be able to register your interest! If you want to find out a little bit more about the societies beforehand, or to see the full list as it currently stands, then check the student union website appropriate to your university (a quick Google search should bring it up).
Lastly, if you have a society that you would like to start that isn’t listed at your university, then talk to the student union and ask about setting up your own society! Usually you will need the signatures from a number of people interested in joining, as well as someone who will lead the society and organise the events (this will most likely be you). So what are you waiting for? Join some societies!