Joining a club or society is the one of the first things you hear about when you arrive at university. With friends talking about what taster they are going to do or socials they are planning to attend, choosing a group can be a daunting task! So, the Union’s Activities Team are here to help with 10 reasons you should choose at least one group to join, even if you’re not sure.

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1. Meet new people and make friends for life

Clubs and Societies have a lot of members which means you’re bound to hit it off with at least a couple people in the group, especially if you have like-minded interests. Once you’ve spent a few weeks doing your activities and enjoying the company, the days turn to weeks, to months and eventually your university years are almost over and you realise these friends from your group are the best you’ve ever had!

2. Have some fun

Each group is based on people with like-minded interests and passions coming together. After a long stint of lectures or focusing on coursework, joining in group activities can help bring balance to your studies. Join a group that interests you and you may find that all the events, socials, weekly meets and activities will be engaging, fun and something you love. Better yet, these activities are delivered by your fellow students, so they know what you want to and how to help you enjoy your university experience.

3. Be More! Gain skills and get employable

YOU’RE HIRED! Not a lot of people realise, but simply joining and being a part of a club or society shows you have team skills. Taking part in events, joining specific groups that volunteer, fundraise or deliver a service to others provides real opportunities to build your CV. If you really like the group, you can stick out from the crowd by becoming a volunteer committee member, gain a whole range of skills and get training from the Students’ Union.

4. Short on funds? Not to worry, FREE Societies!

It doesn’t matter if you’re strapped for cash or have spent all of your golden student loan already. We have plenty of free societies so you have no excuse to not have the best experience ever. Joining a group is fast, easy and only takes a couple of minutes. Sign up here!

5. Don’t have the time because of studies? You’re more likely to do well when you’re part of a group!

No need to try and get yourself a time turner to fit it all in. It’s actually proven that over 75% of students who took part in student activities completed their degree with a good honours. Meaning, being part of a club or society can actually improve how smart you are. For more information visit our Deputy Chief Executive Tom Worman’s blog post

6. Learn how to celebrate like a boss

We have a post-Wednesday celebration for fixtures, events, a long week… whatever your reasons, the best night out of the week is Purple Wednesday. You can party with your friends and other societies whilst learning what a fun time with friends looks like outside of your activities. You can gain ultimate sewing and creative skills each week as groups choose different fancy dress themes. By the end of your studies you will realise you could have done a fashion and textiles degree on the side and probably done really well.

7. Refocus. Be Active. Feel Better.

Being part of a group means you’re more likely to get up and get active following those big nights of studying, working or partying. Whether that’s getting your body active sweating out last night’s beverages with a sports club, getting your brain active with some of our societies, or even just getting up to attend a gaming social on a Thursday night – you will be able relax, refocus and feel better, meaning you can study just as hard as you procrastinate.

8. Wear Union stash around campus and feel like a king

You can buy some of the Union’s lovely clothing stash, whether you join a sport or society, and walk around campus feeling and looking like a boss. Let people know what group you’re in! If you’re a sports club you will rock the AU crest, and if you’re a society you can show off the Student Activities logo. If you want to see the full range, head over to our partner Kitlocker. Want to organise some stash for your group? Contact

9. You will always have others looking out for you

Whether you are walking home post-celebrations or after a weekly meet in the evening, there will always be another member around for you to head home with and keep you safe

10. Carry on listening to your inner child and having fun!

Studying at university doesn’t have to be all about hard work. Take the opportunity try something new, try something you may have told yourself you can’t do or are too sensible for… You’re never too old to play Quidditch! Put simply, join a group and you will have the best time of your life.


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Looking for a group we don’t have yet? We can help you setup a new student group, giving you the resources and know-how to create an activity for like-minded students. Contact to find out more about setting up a new student group.