Explore your options, make new friends and develop your skills for employment.

Beyond the classroom, we have over 250 different clubs and societies, as well as countless activities, events and volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with.


Thousands of students get involved in student volunteering each year at York. We have a wide range of placements, community projects and one-off activities. Each can give you a taste of what might become a potential career and support you to make a positive social impact.

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I volunteered for the charity Minds in Motion. They hold social and recreational events for people living with dementia. My role included organising all the logistics like booking venues, inviting guests and recruiting volunteers to run the session. Through my volunteering, I’ve realised that working for a charity is what I want to do in the future.

Heather, BA English Literature and Philosophy

Get involved

If you're an international student, it is important that you check that any voluntary work you decide to get involved with complies with the terms of your visa.

Join a society

YUSU has over 200 student-run societies and more than 60 sports clubs for you to get involved in. Societies are run by students who plan activities around shared interests, hobbies, religions, nationalities and cultures.

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 and teamwork skills. You can get your skills and contributions towards societies recognised through the York Award.

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Find your interest

Study, work or volunteer abroad

We have links with top academic institutions and employers all over the world. Expand your horizons and prepare for a career in a global job market with our global opportunities.

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Enterprise and entrepreneurship

Connect with business advisers through Enterprise at York. Helping to make your start-up business ideas into a success through workshops, funding and use of Student Enterprise work spaces.

Enterprise at York also arranges regular events to help you build up your industry network.

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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

Go beyond academic borders

Step outside your degree programme and expand your knowledge with elective modules.

Studying modules from another department lets you broaden your knowledge, make unique academic connections and boost your employability.

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Boost your employability

Work while you study

Gain valuable work experience and expand your skill set while you study.

Careers and placements

Expand your horizons, apply for jobs, placements and internships and develop your skills.

Learn a language

Build up your language skills and cultural knowledge with our free language courses.

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