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Student life

Students' Union, sports clubs and societies

Join a sports team, take up a new hobby, campaign for causes you care about and have a say in how the university is run.

Two members of Students' Union team smiling in conversation outside SU building

Our students love the sense of community they feel on campus. The Students' Union (SU) is at the heart of the student experience and is a huge part of what student life has to offer.

The SU building itself is the best place to meet new people or relax with friends. The SU hosts a pub quiz, musicians, karaoke and film nights, as well as sports and society private events and charity fundraisers.

It's also where you'll find our student bar, coffee shop and Students' Union team offices.

Sports clubs and societies

Member of Boat Club Society attaching clip to oars of boat

Expand your interests, gain new skills and make new friends through our sports clubs and societies.

Join one of our sports teams, from football and netball to Muay Thai, and cheer on your friends in our annual varsity competition. Many of our sports teams regularly compete at British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) level.

Share your love of poetry with the Dead Poets Society, put on a show with the Musical Production Society, or do your bit for the planet with the Garden Projects Society.

There are over 50 clubs and societies to join. If you don't find something for you, all it takes to start a new one is a few like minded people and the drive to make it happen.

Visit the Students' Union website for a full list of sport clubs and societies.


Students with candy floss at Welcome Week

The Students' Union hosts weekly events throughout the academic year. Events include quiz nights, karaoke, live sport and live music.

We also manage larger events throughout the year. This includes varsity, seasonal special events (Halloween, Snowball) and the legendary Archies Day.

Visit the Students' Union website to search for upcoming events.

Student voice

Students talking to staff member at Students' Union reception desk

The Students' Union is the collective voice of students at University committees and on your course through course representatives. They also represent you at specific student groups through Chairs of School and Liberation Officers.

Every year you will have the chance to vote for 3 Students' Union Presidents:

  • President of the Students' Union
  • President of Wellbeing and Diversity
  • President of Education

Their role is to improve your time at university and they will represent you at a local, regional and national level.

You can contact the SU for advice or support on academic issues. They can also connect you with University services and external specialist services.

The Students' Union is a registered charity and all income raised by the SU is put back into services, activities and support for you.

This lets us continue to provide you with the best possible student experience.