University of Birmingham
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.
"Strong uni newspaper, good range of societies of all different varieties."
"Huge variety of sports, all very competitive with multiple teams. Lots of non-sporting societies too, from the usual debating and drama to the unusual Harry Potter and DJ/radio station societies. Plenty of alcohol social events as well as non-alcohol ones. Lots of volunteering opportunities to get involved in too."
"There are loads of different social activities to do at University of Birmingham. From different sporting activities to cooking and book clubs. Everyone can find something they are interested in here."
"There are TONS of sports clubs to choose from, hundreds. From competitive to just for fun, ultimate frisbee to pole dancing, there is literally everything and you might as well get involved! Same with societies. With over 200 there are so many to choose from to make your uni life more interesting and your CV stand out. From battle re-enactment to brum dine with me. They have EVERYTHING!"
"There are over 200 societies, ranging from sports to Harry Potter – something for everyone. I am part of the Photosoc, one of the media societies, and enjoy the weekly workshops/meetings/trips. I have met some great people and am able to earn money on the side as part of their freelance photography network. Also, I am on the committee next year (I am only a first year), something I am very excited about."
"I'm a member of UoB music society, which is great for ensembles and socials (not exclusive to music students!). Also a member of BurnFM where I present a show, which has been really fun and great for my CV."
"There is a wide range of sport clubs available at Birmingham. From ultimate frisbee to climbing to skydiving to American football and rowing. There are also plenty of social groups to join. If you have a hobby or interest, the likelihood is that there will be a society for you to join."
"There are so many societies to choose from and if there isn't one already set up that you are interested in, it is very easy to create your own. Lots of people get involved in the societies so it's a great way to meet people. I meet people through drama societies and plays we put on, dancing, judo, kickboxing etc."
"Lots of sports played around uni. You can also book pitches to play during your free time with friends."
"There are 53 sports clubs, and most of them offer differing levels of ability from absolute beginner to top national player level. They have different intensities too, so if you don't want to compete you don't have to. The new sports centre will be a great asset to Birmingham and shows the university's dedication to improving sport. There are lots of different societies too. Some are education-based, like the Francophile society, and others are volunteer based like Buddy a Granny. Some are for indoor activities and some for outdoor, there are representation societies and faith societies. And if you can't find anything you like then you can set up your own."