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Student societies

Joining a society is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. Indulge your interests or try something completely new.

The University of York Students' Union (YUSU) offers over 200 student societies, all entirely organised by and for students, or you can always start your own. From astronomy to aerobics and politics to poetry - there's plenty to choose from.

As well as having fun, you can develop skills highly valued by employers. For example, joining a society committee is a great way to develop your leadership or teamwork skills. You can also get your skills and experience recognised through the innovative York Award.

Music and performance

Watch, direct, play or perform! Choose from more than 20 societies such as:

Academic and educational

Expand your subject knowledge, enhance your employment prospects and take part in fun activities with an academic society such as ShockSoc, open to anyone with an interest in electronics. Alternatively, why not innovate and inspire with the Entrepreneurs Society or join the award-winning York Student Think Tank.

We have societies for many subject areas taught at York, but if we don't have the one you're looking for you can always start one.

Campaigning and political

Attend talks, interviews and debates from distinguished and public figures with the York Union.

Make an impact! Join Student Action for Refugees (York STAR) to campaign, fundraise and spread awareness about the refugee and asylum crisis in Europe.

Every major political party is represented on campus, as are UNICEF and Amnesty International.

Faith and international

The friendly faces of the International Students' Association at Freshers Fair.

Discover and celebrate world cultures and religions with societies such as Christian UnionIslamic Society (ISoc)Jewish Society (JSoc)Latin American SocietyItalian Society or Russian Speaking Society to name a few. The groups are open to all students. You can get informal language support, try different foods and meet people from all over the world!

You could also join our International Students' Association (ISA). They organise a variety of events and trips throughout the year such as food fiestas, cultural celebrations, coffee afternoons and day trips.


Watch on YouTube

Are you a wannabe television producer? Find out more about York Student Television. They made this video along with a series of other student society videos (

Arts and cultural

Getting crafty with the knitting club!

Special interest

Explore what interests you the most with societies including:

Or get your walking boots on and explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with the Outdoor Society.

Outdoor Society trip to Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales.

Gaming and fandom

Freshers Fair is where you'll get to meet with and sign up for societies such as SwiftSoc!

York even has a society dedicated to Taylor Swift - SwiftSoc!

Other gaming and fandom groups include:

This is only a flavour of what's on offer - for full details browse the A-Z of societies (