Societies: The Spice of University Life

With over 300 societies at the University of Leeds this could be the year that you discover a new interest, or develop an existing one!

If you want to try something new, make a difference or connect with your cultural group then joining a society is the way to enhance your university experience, whether it’s your first year or your last.

Make sure to attend the various freshers fairs taking place around the Union and in The Edge on the 25th September or take the quiz on the LUU website to find out which society is for you:

Try Something New:

Sub Aqua Club

As one of the largest, cheapest and most active diving clubs in the UK the Leeds University Union Sub-Aqua Club gives qualified divers and absolute beginners the opportunity to attend pool sessions ans open water training – not forgetting theory and trips to the pub! Catch them at the Outdoor Societies freshers fair at The Edge.

High on Life

Teetotal or feeling freshers flu already? The High on Life society gives you the opportunity to socialise without the pressure to drink that can surround University life. Skip the hangover by attending events such as Mocktail Making Class and their Café Crawl. Join the High on Life – Uni of Leeds Facebook group to keep up to date with events and socials throughout the year.

DanceSport (Ballroom & Latin)

With beginners classes and professional instruction make friends whilst you develop a new skill with DanceSport. Compete for the university throughout the year including the opportunity to dance at the Winter Gardens Ballroom in Blackpool.

Put your dancing shoes on and try a DanceSport Give-It-A-Go session on the 27th September or 2nd October.

Give Something Back:

Leeds Marrow

Make a difference during your time at Leeds by volunteering with this student-run branch of the Anthony Nolan charity. With socials, fundraisers and volunteering around campus you can do your bit to help those with blood cancer. Enrich your time at university by contributing to a great cause. Join the ‘Leeds Marrow Volunteers’ page on Facebook to find out more about volunteering.

Take The Next Step:

Leeds Entrepreneurs

Maybe a lesser known society, but equally enriching to the student community, is Leeds Entrepreneurs. The attract students who own or intend to start their own business, but are equally accessible to students who simply want to mingle with these student entrepreneurs. Motivating and supporting each other on their entrepreneurial journey is an integral part of the society.

The society welcomes students from any subject area and with ot without any experience. Working closely with the start-up service SPARK at the Career’s Centre, students also have the opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs and business advisors outside the student community. For the upcoming year, Leeds Entrepreneurs again plans to host a number of events relating to entrepreneurship. In the past, these have included talks on e-commerce stores, business plan competition and pitching workshop.

To learn more about the society meet the committee at the fresher’s fair or simply like the Facebook page @LeedsEntrepreneurs.

Michelle Heinrich