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5 Societies Every University Has to Help You Enjoy University Social Life

28 September 2022

When you’re at university one of the best things you can do to turbo charge your social life and boost your CV is to get involved with university societies.

Every university has a set of clubs and societies which you can learn about at the Freshers Fair, on social media pages, or at the student union. Often the clubs you join at university shape the rest of your university experience, and by joining a society you can easily meet like-minded people.

Not only will you find that the society hosts regular events where you can meet new people, and throw yourself fully into student life, but you’ll find that in the long run there are career benefits to joining. Future employers will look at the clubs you’ve joined to find a reflection of your character, and will take into account any time management skills and team skills necessary to the life of your society.


The Debating Society

One of the most universally popular societies to join at uni is the debating society.

Not only are they lots of fun, but they are a fantastic way to hone your public speaking and critical thinking skills. If you’re into politics, religion, sociology and social change issues, this society will be right up your street.

The meetings will likely take place once a week, so that members can keep on top of current affairs and have relevant, ‘on the pulse’ debates.

When you’re starting your career after graduation, prospective employers will love to see that you were a participant in a debating society.

It’s one of the best societies to join at uni to show off your communication skills, and demonstrates that you know how to defend and challenge ideas in a respectful yet assertive manner. That makes you super employable.

One of the most fun parts of being in the debating society is that you often get to participate in tournaments around the country, competing with other universities. Even being involved in these events can be very useful, as you build connections with people and institutions that may prove to be useful in the future.

Some debating societies are closely aligned to specific political parties, while others maintain a more neutral stance. By joining a party political debating society, you’re sure to meet people that are on the same wavelength as you.


Sports Societies

Another highly popular society to join at uni is a sporting society.

It’s extremely likely that your university will offer several different types of sports clubs, so there’s normally something for everyone.

Joining one of these sports societies, whether it be individual sport, group activities like yoga, or a team sport like rugby or football, can obviously be a great way to keep fit.

It’s also a great way to unwind after long study days, or a way to keep energised and motivated. 

It also demonstrates to future employers that you’re committed, determined to be a high achiever, and are a strong team player.

Not only that, but your social life will likely be off the charts if you join a sports society – the nights out are legendary and a surefire way to bond with teammates! 


Performing Arts

Ok, so not everyone is a born performer. Even if you’re not an amazing actor, singer or dancer, it’s well worth considering joining the Performing Arts society at your university.

You’ll find plenty of open, friendly, outgoing people to hang out with and you’re sure to have bags of fun and laughs.

Putting on performances throughout the year will give you something to work towards and you’ll have an amazing sense of gratification when the performance pulls together – not to mention an adrenaline rush. 

Again, this society will be very attractive on your CV as it demonstrates your team working skills and willingness to participate.

Who knows, you might even meet some future celebrities!.


International Society

Whether you’re an international student or not, it’s worth checking out the international society. 

As a student coming to the UK, these societies are one of the best ways to integrate and meet people who are in the same boat as you. On the other hand, if you’re from the UK and are interested in making friends from all over the world and experiencing other cultures, this is a great opportunity to do just that!

It’s also a great way to learn new languages and try new cuisines, in a welcoming and open environment. Win, win!

Weird and wonderful

Last but not least, why not try out one of the more unique societies to join at uni?

If you’re up for something completely different, then you’ll be pleased to know that most universities offer some special interest groups.

For example, the University of Durham has an Assassin’s Society, Plymouth University has a Viking Society and LSE has a Hummus Society. And of course there’s the sterling favourite amongst literature fans – the Harry Potter society!

These ones are mainly just for fun, but you’ll definitely meet some interesting characters and make friends for life!


As well as getting on board with the best societies to join at uni, don’t forget that here at Novel we host our own social events and meetings. So whether you’re going out to the student union, or staying in at our student accommodation, you’ll never be short of something fun to do! Find out more here.

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