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Which Type of University Student Society Should You Join?

October 14, 2016

For those studying in the UK, we believe every student should join a society at university – especially international students. Societies are a big part of student life in the UK and there are so many benefits to joining one. It’s a great way to settle into university life, meet new people and feel at home in a new country. \r\n\r\nBut which type of university student society should you join? There are a number of different kinds of societies to consider:\r\n\r\n

Sport & Physical Activity

\r\nNot only does joining a sporty society enable you to keep fit, it’s a great way to meet new people in a comfortable environment. Choose a sport that you’re already passionate about to get into a team spirit and satisfy your competitive nature. Or pick a new sport to try and master such as kayaking or rock climbing. Football is the national sport in the UK so you’re sure to find a team or two to join! University is all about bettering yourself and learning new skills but that shouldn’t be limited to academic studies. Plus, leading a healthy lifestyle while studying at university can have many added benefits.\r\n\r\n

Volunteer & Charity Work

\r\nThere’s no reason why you can’t give back to the community whilst you’re getting some worthwhile experience for your CV. Whether it’s volunteering at a care home or raising funds for a local school, you can do it as a group. It’s a great way to gain valuable real life experience and doing charitable work with others helps you bond more closely too.\r\n\r\n

Relating To Your Course Subject

\r\nBecause there are so many societies available, spanning a diverse range of subjects, you’re sure to find one that is related to your degree. For example, if you’re studying English in the UK, you could join a poetry or literature society. You can find some really specific societies too, such as one relating to a specific author. \r\n\r\nJoining a society that is related to your degree can not only help you in your studies, but can widen your knowledge and help you meet like minded people. You may even meet people further ahead in the course that can give you helpful advice.\r\n\r\n

University Media Society

\r\nMany universities in the UK have their own radio stations, newspapers and even TV channels. Whether you’re studying media, journalism or something similar, or you’re studying something completely unrelated, it can be fun to be a part of a productive group. \r\n\r\nIt can help hone different skills that you can use on your course and also later in your career. It may even enhance your job prospects. The sense of camaraderie you get is unparalleled. \r\n\r\n

Something just for fun!

\r\nStudent life in the UK is more than simply going to classes and completing assignments. Joining a society that just brings you joy can really enrich your time at university. You can make friends you otherwise wouldn’t have and a society you enjoy can help you relax and de-stress in your busy university life.\r\n\r\nWhen you choose to study in the UK, you are opening yourself up to a whole new world of experiences and possibilities. It is important that you focus on your studies but to have the most immersive student life in the UK, you should really consider joining a society. Whether it’s French club, football, fishing or the feminist society; you’ll have a rewarding and enriching experience.\r\n\r\nIf you require more information about which type of group and society you should join at university, or if you need assistance in applying to study abroad, please contact IEC Abroad today. \r\n