Joining a society is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. You can indulge in interests you already have, or take the plunge and try something completely new.
Along the way, 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.
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 is plenty to choose from.
"Concert orchestra is a great opportunity to continue playing music for pleasure in a relaxed and friendly environment. There is such a wide range of music, it's really rewarding to play and perform. One of my favourite pieces was James Bond, particularly pleasing my dad in the audience. As a dancer as well, I personally appreciated playing Swan Lake."
Hannah, Language and Linguistics student.
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
Make an impact! Join the award-winning York Student Think Tank, where you can try to find solutions for social, topical and political problems.
"The experience I gained through joining York’s Entrepreneurs Society and the Travel Society gave me the skills and confidence to run my own company. University funding also helped me develop my business idea."
Charlie Thuillier, Founder and Managing Director of Oppo Ice Cream
BA Applied Social Science (Crime and Criminal Justice), 2011
Faith and culture
Discover and celebrate world cultures and religions with societies such as the Christian Union, the Islamic Society, Jewish Society, Latin American Society, Italian Society or Russian Speaking Society to just 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!
If you're joining us from outside the UK, 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.
Arts and culture
- Watch and discuss films from around the world with the World Cinema Society
- Learn to bake with the Baking Society
- Hone your creative writing skills with York Inklings
- Or try out some ancient Chinese exercise with the Chinese Physical and Qi Arts Society
- Find out more about culture and entertainment on campus.
Games and activities
Up your game or keep fit with societies such as the:
Or get your walking boots on and explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with the Outdoor Society.
This is only a flavour of what's on offer - for full details browse the A-Z of societies (yusu.org).