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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.


"Every kind of club and society you could want is there and the uni will happily help you set up your own society if you have a really specific request for one."
"There are over 300 societies and plenty of performing arts opportunities. They're close-knit societies where you feel like you belong no matter what your interests are. Subject societies also take part in intramural sport where you can play netball, rounders, rugby or football for fun in your society."
"The sports clubs are endless and cater to all levels of abilities and types of sport, from football to canoe polo. There's always something new to try like pottery or aerial sports. Everyone here is very friendly and approachable so making friends has been easy!"
"The broad range of clubs and societies at the university is crazy due to the vast number and variety, not just to do with sports teams but also surrounding charity involvement and skill development. There are fantastic opportunities to be seized in each year of your university experience."
"Plenty of sports are played here. You can become a member of any of the sports societies/clubs to train with them and play for fun occasionally."
"This is taken very seriously and encompassed by the varsity day. Each year there are sports where we compete with local rivals Portsmouth. The winners and losers are tallied up for the university, the winners steal bragging rights for the year and it results in the university's biggest party."
"The social environment at Southampton is very friendly and all of the sports clubs and societies are welcoming to anyone joining them. The sports clubs will often split up into smaller groups of people with different levels of ability so anyone is welcome."
"There are plenty of societies to join and participate in, from sporting clubs to entertainment and general interest societies."
"Most sports societies require a sports membership costing £165 so think carefully!"


"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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