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.


"Includes a sign language society! It's great, something for everyone."
"There are over 200 sports clubs and university societies, ranging from cultural and religious ones to political ones, to activity based ones (dancing, table top games, crafts, battle re-enactment etc), to charity ones (Carnival Rag, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth etc) to the miscellaneous (the Sherlock society, Harry Potter, Nerdfighters, Cocktail Making, Tea Enthusiasts, etc)."
"There are so so many sports clubs and societies that you can join - it sounds cliché but there really is something for everyone! From a tea drinking society to a St John's Ambulance Society - there really is something for everyone and it is extremely inclusive. They're also a great way to make friends with people in different years who are studying different courses."
"There is a wide range of clubs and societies, all of which in my experience are well run and offer opportunities for students to take an active role in their organisation and running. Good support is also offered by the Guild of Students on the logistics and running of these groups without too much heavy-handed intervention."
"Plenty of clubs to suit everyone's needs at university. The gym membership is quite expensive but there are lots of cheaper gyms in town if anyone wanted to go."
"You are spoilt for choice also in terms of societies. It is highly unlikely you won't find something to your liking whether you're into dance, battle re-enactment, fetish, rugby, Harry Potter, politics and so on. Following on from this there are sports socs (with our state-of-the-art gym and facilities), interest socs, arts socs and subject socs. Membership fees and other included costs vary massively so again there's something to suit everyone. UoB socs typically compete at high levels as well so if you are a fan of competing on varsity circles then this too is an option."
"There's a huge range of sports clubs and societies on offer at the university and, if none of them take your fancy, the Guild of Students is very useful in helping you to create your own society. Birmingham is one of the leading sports universities and has excellent gym facilities and sports pitches, both of which the sports clubs can benefit from."


"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."
"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!"

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