Students' unions

What they do

Your students' union puts together social events, sports and societies for a wide range of different hobbies and interests.

  • It's also often a bar on campus – ideal for meeting mates and getting involved in events.
  • Unions are run by reps elected by students, and they're responsible for representing you – so you can go to them for support.

Social activities

Higher education can be a great time to make new friends and try new things.

Join a society

Many course providers have lots of different clubs and societies you can get involved in – anything from street dance and rowing to marketing or international.

  • These are great for getting to know new people and as extra-curricular activities.
  • You might even get to take part in projects, competitions, tournaments or social events.

Look for jobs

They often list volunteering and employment opportunities too – either roles within the student union or course provider, or external vacancies they recommend.

So it's a handy first place to look if you're interested in work possibilities.

More about working while studying

National Union of Students (NUS)

Many course providers are part of the NUS.

The NUS is a voluntary membership organisation which promotes, defends and extends the rights of students and develops and champions strong students’ unions.

National Union of Students (NUS)