How to get involved with societies.
For most people, joining societies can be a really big part of university. It’s the place where you’ll meet people who are likeminded, have similar interests and it gives you a break from your academic studies. Whether you’re into sports, craft or even just have an interest in a particular area, there will likely be a society for you. Universities usually have societies for just about anything that you can think of. You’ve got your classic sports teams which are usually part of the athletics union, you’ve got your course related societies, and you might also find some wacky ones such as the humous society or the cheese and wine society. The best thing is, if you can’t find what you’re looking for – you can usually set one up yourself.
Do societies sound like something you might be interested in? Well, look no further. At accommodation for students, we’ve put together some handy tips and tricks for how you can get involved.
Head over to your Student’s Union website.
Usually, most societies are ran through the students union, so if you’re wanting to check out what your university has to offer, then that’s often the best place to start. When you head to the student’s union website, there will usually be a page for you to browse through all the societies and find out a little bit more about each one. You might even be able to find contact information or information about joining as a member.
Follow any societies that you wish to join on social media.
Usually, societies will post updates about their activities and social events across their social media. If you connect with them online, then this is a great way to keep updated with what they’re doing and gives you a chance to get involved.
Go to socials.
Going to socials with new societies is a great way to meet new people and to really get a feel for what the society is like. If you go along to a social, there’s no pressure to actually join the society if it’s not for you, going along simply gives you the chance to try it out.
Consider commitment and price.
When thinking about which societies you want to join, consider about how much time and money you’re willing to give. While some societies may only meet up a few times in a semester, for other societies it can be a few times a week, and even on the weekends. Moreover, for some societies where you may go on trips away, use specialist equipment or rent space to use, there may be an additional membership fee that you’re required to pay. Fees can range from a few pounds to over £100, and sometimes it can be a big financial commitment. Before you make a fast decision to sign up, really think about what you’re able to give, and how you think the society will benefit you.
Try something new.
University is all about trying new things and it’s up to you to make the most of it. If you’ve always fancied going skydiving, perhaps the skydiving society at your university is the place to do it. Really take a look about and think about leaving your comfort zone and trying something new.
Remember it’s never too late to join, if you want to get involved in a society then reach out and do it. Speaking to people who are already involved in the society is also a great way to help you feel settled in and can help reduce any nerves that you might have about joining. Taking part in societies at university is all part of the fun, it’s okay if you go along to a few and find out that they’re not for you, that’s all part of the process.