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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 careers

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

Ideas, campaigning and political

Innovate and inspire with the Entrepreneurs Society.

Make an impact! Join the award-winning York Student Think Tank, where you can try to find solutions for social, topical and political problems.

Improve your debating, communication and persuasion skills with the Debating Society. Or campaign for freedom of expression with YorkPEN, a student-led subgroup of the founding centre of a worldwide writers’ association English PEN.

Faith and culture

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

Discover and celebrate world cultures and religions with societies such as the Christian Union, the Islamic SocietyJewish SocietyLatin 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 filmmaker? Find out more about York Student Television. They made this video along with a series of other student society videos (

Arts and culture

Getting crafty with the knitting club!

Games and activities

Up your game or keep fit with societies such as:

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.

Special interest

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 special interest groups include the:

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

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