15 University Of York Societies You Should Consider Joining This Term
Hopefully you got the chance to walk round Freshers’ Fair today and see all of the amazing opportunities on offer at York. But if you didn’t, or just in case you missed something, we’ve compiled a list of some interesting societies you may not have considered.
If you thought Frisbee was merely a relaxed game played in parks, you were wrong. Ultimate Frisbee is a sport played with a team of five or seven people, depending on whether you play indoor or outdoor. All abilities are welcome and it’s a fast and intense game that promises to be as enjoyable as it is physically demanding!
Lacrosse is one of the largest mixed sports clubs on campus. Most people don’t pick it up ’til uni, so if you are looking to get involved with a new sport this is a great choice – they are very used to training up new talent.
Not unlike Lacrosse, Cheerleading is something that many people haven’t had an opportunity to get involved with before university. They have many different squads which means there are loads of opportunities for you to get involved, whether you’re experienced or a complete newcomer!
The Lemon Press
York is well known for its student media, but the focus is often on the well-known campus newspapers. There are, of course, many other worthwhile media outlets at York – like The Lemon Press! It’s a satirical magazine teeming with hilarious people.
Although not technically a society, you can still join Unknown and contribute to this brilliant and explorative arts magazine. They review Dramasoc every week as part of their extensive online review and are all about helping students get valuable arts and publishing experience. Unknown are currently crowdfunding for their next print edition and you can check out their YuFund page here.
Shakespeare and Wine Society
This society is dedicated to one of the greatest writers and poets of all time. They meet to discuss his brilliance often and – as the name suggests – over a glass or two of vino.
York’s only society completely catering for aspiring comics, with stand up workshops, different panel shows and a chance to make it into York’s improv troupe The Shambles.
PantSoc is York’s pantomime society and is perhaps one of the most inclusive performance societies on campus. They perform at least three pantos a year and everyone who auditions gets a part! Also, PantSoc members write all of their own material for the shows, so there is a lot of opportunity for those who prefer to be backstage as well.
Central Hall Musical Society is York’s musical theatre society. No prior experience is required and with the society’s regular shows and extremely inclusive showcases, there is a place for everyone who wishes to get involved.
Pole Exercise Society
Pole exercise offers its members a friendly environment and approachable instructors to help you improve your balance and strength. No prior knowledge is required, so no excuses – get yourself along to a session!
This society is furthering the aims of TED on York’s campus. They arrange regular socials and talks so whether you wish to become an academic or just enjoy stimulating lectures – this is the place for you.
DJ Society (Breakz)
If you have any interest in DJing or running a club night then joining this society is an unmissable opportunity for you! In the past couple of years Breakz nights have really become a big part of the University night club scene. They have regular meet-ups every fortnight in Derwent College.
This is a society for all the hardcore gamers out there. They hold a few LAN meetings a term and there are opportunities for inter-university competitions as well.
FetSoc is a friendly and inclusive society that aims to develop a progressive and sex-positive attitude on campus. With regular workshops and meet-ups there is loads to get involved with for those interested in kink.
York Student Think Tank is a great opportunity to get some very different work experience at university. The purpose of the society is to give students some experience in policy making and research – an invaluable opportunity for anyone interested in this field. They work closely with many national organisations.