If you’re a new starter at University this year how can you navigate the clubs and societies fair? What should you join? Here’s how you get the most out of the clubs and societies fair run by your Student’s Union:
Know when it is! That’s always a good start. This year, the fair will take place on Wednesday 19th September in the Sports Centre!
It’s important to know what you are looking for. If you absolutely adore gymnastics, then there probably isn’t much point you going to the Dungeons & Dragons stand. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try something new, but definitely go in with an idea of a few different societies you may want to take a look at. Couldn’t find what you wanted? You only need 4 people to set up your own society! You can speak to the Student’s Union if this might be something you’re interested in.
Try taking a notebook and a few pens with you so you don’t forget anything. You never know how many notes you’re going to make! I would also always recommend taking a bag – tote bags are particularly good – to carry any leaflets that you are given (There might even be some freebies).
Some good questions to ask the societies include:
- How much is membership?
- How often/where do you meet?
- Does it matter if I’m a beginner? (often sports clubs have different levels of teams and offer friendly sessions where you can go along just for fun!)
- What kind of socials do you offer? (not everyone likes going out, so many societies put on some wonderful chilled socials, either at the Hangar or various other locations!)
- And finally, if you find one you like, the best question is… How do I sign up?
You need to be willing to try something new. If you’re not sure what kind of society you’re interested in, then why not try something you’ve never had a go at before! There is a massive range of societies available and there will be loads of student committees on hand to tell you their personal experiences in the societies! There’s nowhere better to get information than here.
Look further than societies often the clubs and societies fair has stands from the International Office that can explain the international exchange process or Student Ambassadors who can talk to you about how to become a Student Ambassador and earn money while you’re learning.
Don’t just visit the loudest and brightest stand. Don’t get me wrong, absolutely do visit the stands with music blaring, chatty students and inviting flyers – but make sure you visit the others too! It is easy to become overwhelmed by the prospects of free snacks and giant, colourful banners with lots of people in front shouting things your way, but as long as you keep an open mind and wander around you’ll have a successful fair.
You can find more information about clubs and societies on the Student’s Union website.