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 , 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.
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.
Faith and international
Discover and celebrate world cultures and religions with societies such as Christian Union, Islamic Society (ISoc), Jewish Society (JSoc), Latin American Society, Italian 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.
Arts and cultural
- Watch and discuss films from around the world with the World Cinema Society
- Hummus lover? Join other chickpea dip aficionados with the Hummus Appreciation Society (HumSoc)
- Hone your creative writing skills with York Inklings
- Try your hand at spoken word with Slam Society
- Find out more about culture and entertainment on campus.
Explore what interests you the most with societies including:
- Yoga Society
- Circus and Magic Society
- Social Self-Improvement Society
- LGBTQ Social
- Gardening Society.
Or get your walking boots on and explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with the Outdoor Society.
Gaming and fandom
This is only a flavour of what's on offer - for full details browse the A-Z of societies (yusu.org).