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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.

2018

"There are many societies around to cater for everyone and every ability. There are over 300 societies at the uni from classic sports to ultimate frisbee, Quidditch and ale-tasting. The bun fight is a great opportunity to find out about the hundreds of societies on offer. The only downside is that it can sometimes be kind of expensive as some activities carry a heavy fee for kits, outings and membership."
"Work staff, both in and out of the university, are very friendly so you can talk to them when you have any problems. The students' union holds lots of activities for new students to adapt to this new environment such as help to enrol, trips on weekends and replies to questions on social media."
"There are lots of societies available in Southampton, with many being water-based due to being by the sea and having an accessible river. The societies are a great way to make friends as well as course mates and flat mates."
"There are all sorts of sports such as Quidditch, tennis, water sports and martial arts that tend to hold weekly social events as well as weekly training sessions. I highly recommend getting involved."
"There's a massive range of societies and a union that offers lots to do including the cinema, bars, restaurants and squash courts etc."
"There's a variety of sports clubs to join with different levels of cost and competitiveness. You can play recreationally or competitively and can pay as you go or pay for the year. There's a huge sports centre including a swimming pool, state of the art gym, squash and tennis courts and loads of exercise rooms for things like Zumba. There's an active religious society too, ranging from the Christian Union to the Society for Hindus, there is something for all. There are many societies from cocktail society to Quidditch, from lacrosse to gliding. If you want to do something, chances are there is a society for it."
"There are a lot of sports activities available but many require you to have a subscription to the uni gym, which is a lot of money (especially if you don't use it outside of the sport)."

2016

"There are clubs and societies for pretty much everything, from picnic society to skydiving. If there is not the one you want, you can start it up yourself."
"The societies are great – so much choice! The insurance and membership for the sports club is too expensive."
"The University of Southampton has a great selection of sport clubs and activities and is also quite successful in national competitions. My club (Taekwondo) has great instructors, materials, great organisation overall and nice people."
"There are hundreds and hundreds of societies available to join at the university. From sports to arts and crafts or whatever your interests are. It's also a great way to feel part of the community."
"There are plenty of different societies and they provide a great social atmosphere. There's a society for nearly every sport and the sport facilities are great."
"The social scene is on point – rarely do I ever have nothing to do. At Southampton, the union prides itself on having one of the widest sets of societies available to choose from, whether you want to try something new like Quidditch or water polo, or indeed continue your talents in sports you do already. Whether football or jujitsu, the union's got you covered. If sports is not your thing, there's tonnes of interesting stuff, from course-related groups, to the steam-punk society; I believe there is even a Jammy Dodger society that ships in Jammy dodger-like biscuits from all around the globe for you to try!"
"There's something here for everyone. There's even a pub with retro video games you can play for free in it."
"Sports are great. As a water person, it's ideal."
"All sorts of sports clubs from rugby to hill walking. There is a lot of freedom to create any society you want. For example, there is a Harry Potter society."
"More environmentally friendly things need to go on and the gym membership needs to be revised. Other than that, it's all great!"

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