Now you’ve applied to your dream UK degree, received your offers and CAS, and got your visa sorted, you’ll be starting to think about what you’re going to do once you arrive at your chosen university. Of all the tips and advice, we receive from past international students, and university staff, joining a society and getting involved is by far at the top of the list. That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate list of societies to join, from the weird and wonderful, to the ones that remind you of home.
A home away from home...
Most universities in the UK will, at the very least, have an international society. Many though, will have societies celebrating countries all over the world. The University of Manchester, for instance, has very active Indonesian, Malaysian, Korean, and Indian societies, amongst hundreds of others. Whilst we will always encourage you to get to know other students from all backgrounds (at no other time in your life will you get to have such an international experience!), it is understandable that you may want a little taste of home. Your country’s society will give you the opportunity to network and get to know other students from home, as well as celebrate all aspects of your culture, food, and entertainment.
Sport and activity is a big part of UK university life, with many universities clearing students timetables on a Wednesday afternoon, and dedicating it to sports matches and games. If you are really, really into playing a particular sport, you may have even chosen your university based on the performance of their teams. From the traditional sports of football, tennis, and cricket, to more unusual games such as korfball, ultimate Frisbee, and even Quidditch, there is something for everyone. More of a dancer? Many universities have plenty to offer in that area too, from street dance to ballroom dancing, belly dancing, and stunt cheerleading. The social aspect of joining a university sports society is almost as important as the actual playing, with most housing regular social events for society and team members.
And, now for something completely different…
Uniquely British, and probably the highlight of your experience in the UK, are all the odd societies you can join as a student. Examples include the Mario Kart Society at the University of Essex, the Competitive Eating Society at the University of Kent, the Pirate Society at University of Sussex, and the Robot Football Society at Plymouth University. Whatever your quirky interest, you’re bound to find an outlet for it.
Don’t forget, if there aren’t any societies you fancy joining when you get to your university (something of a struggle amongst the hundreds on offer we’re sure), you can always start your own! The beauty of student societies is they are all set up, managed, and run by students themselves, so you’ve got (almost) complete freedom!
Do a little research before arriving at your university on what societies are on offer, either by searching Facebook, or taking a look at the university’s student union website. Make sure you get to every fresher’s fair and welcome event you can. Just get involved!
For more tips and information on what to do when you arrive at your chosen university, or if you just want more details on studying in the UK, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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