Clubs and social environment
Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.
"A variety of societies are available to suit all interests. These range from film-based societies such as Harry Potter to sports-based societies."
"There's a wide range of clubs depending on whether you want to play sport very seriously or just on a more fun and sociable level."
"There is a great range of societies and most are very welcoming, both to first years and those who join later in their studies."
"There are loads of societies including tennis, gym rats, rock-climbing, football and even an Ultimate Frisbee team. Everyone is friendly and willing to meet new members."
"There are lots of sports clubs, societies, and volunteering opportunities to take part in. There is something for everyone including a variety of sports clubs, book clubs, political clubs, music clubs, film clubs, debate clubs and cultural clubs."
"The SU has many different societies and activities on all the time. There is a huge variety to choose from and you can even try things out (such as scuba diving) for ridiculously cheap prices."
"The libraries are everywhere, there are more than three libraries next to the main building of Cardiff University. They are comfortable and very useful with different halls including silent halls, coffee/group halls and more. The sports centre offers a variety of activities such as badminton, the gym and basketball. It also has the national teams for football, rugby, netball and more. There are societies with lots of activities such as the climbing society, the faith societies and art societies. The students' union offers a skills support hub where they help students developing skills in writing and maths etc. There is also the career advice, health and well being centre as well as Language for All, which is a free weekly session of languages including Italian, French, Arabic and Japanese."
"There is a range of sports clubs you can join from netball to Aussie rules. Most sports have a free tester session where you can go along and see if you like the sport. There are hundreds of societies as well from charity work to Harry Potter appreciation clubs. The students' union hosts sports and societies fairs where you can go and sign up for different clubs and learn more about them."
"Cardiff University is very sporty. There are endless sports clubs to join and you can even form your own if you have enough people interested. We formed an ice skating club in our second year and, so far, it's attracted hundreds of students!"
"There are over 300 clubs at Cardiff and they're really easy to join. There are so many and all different types such as snow sports, badminton, fencing, Harry Potter, sci-fi and fantasy, quizzing and volunteering etc. There is practically every sport and societies for subjects as a way of meeting people. They run give-it-a-go sessions in the first few weeks so you can try them for free before joining."
"So much choice. From fencing to rock climbing to Welsh to swimming to scuba diving to URNU. There is so much choice and opportunity and the university is very good at giving everyone a chance."
"Cardiff University offers an eclectic mix of sports clubs and societies. Not only does it boast strong teams in football, rugby, cricket, tennis, hockey and rowing, it also provides opportunities in less well known sports such as korfball, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee. If you aren't the sporting type, then there's no need to worry. From real ale drinking, to hiking, to Harry Potter, there's a society for anyone and everyone to feel a part of."
"There's a good amount of varying activities and sports from rugby teams to radio shows and tv opportunities."
"Huge number of societies and sport clubs with usually extremely well certified instructors. For example, CUTKD (Cardiff uni taekwondo) club is lead and instructed by 6th degree black belt master Mr. Dean Matthews, who is the trainer of the Welsh national taekwondo squad."
"Very diverse selection of societies. Things such as archery, kayaking, mountaineering, skydiving, and tabletop gaming. Along with the usual selection of any sport conceivable, from rugby to ultimate frisbee."
"Can get quite lonely/homesick at uni. But the counselling facilities are amazing and really helpful, there's a night-line as well so there's always someone to talk to."
"There are so many different social activities you can do. Lots of societies that the university acknowledges by taking Wednesday afternoon off lectures and seminars etc so there is time to enjoy them. First year in halls allows a lot of socialising and getting to know people. There's always events you can go to."
"There are hundreds of societies available, so there's something to suit anyone. Lots of team sports as well as more extreme ones. There are many musical societies and most courses have a society (eg history society, chemistry society, etc) for you to get to know people on your course. There are also lots of other societies. Anything from the baking society to the sci-fi and fantasy society."
"200 societies of every type. Plus sports societies for everything. You're welcome anywhere, be it competitive or casual. Lots of chances to 'give it a go' with their scheme. Plenty of socials to have fun at and they generally all culminate in the SU on a Wednesday. So much fancy dress, it's great. There is not a bad thing about any of the social aspects apart from maybe that the gym which most non-first years use is quite small."
"There's a wide range of sports, academic, political, and social societies. So there is bound to be something you will want to join. For people who want to play less serious sports, many courses have their own separate netball, rugby or football clubs which play against the other courses but are not as intense as the university teams."