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The Top 3 Universities for Clubs & Societies - reviewed by 4,986 students

Posted by: on 11th August 2015

With A Level results day fast approaching, thousands of students will go through the process of clearing. In an attempt to help these students, we have put together a list of the top 3 Universities in the UK for Clubs and Societies.

Not all Universities invest the time and money into Clubs and Societies to help make them successful. One StudentCrowd member wrote:

Clubs/Societies were basically nonexistent until a student started one on my course (Music Tech). This meant the University never really had a community-feel

Many students have excellent experiences of clubs & societies, often when the University or union make a special effort to facilitate these student groups.

How do we know these are the top 3?

4,986 students have left university reviews on our site, and one of the criteria for reviewing a University on StudentCrowd is 'Clubs and Societies'. We’ve crunched the data to tell you which 3 Universities have been consistently rated 5 out of 5.

There are over 9,500 clubs and societies in Universities up and down the country. Because of the vast scale and variety, it is important to choose the right University that can offer a diverse but well-organised selection that is attractive to as many different people as possible.

If you manage to secure a place at one of these top 3 Universities, you’re sure to find an incredible selection to choose from.


Average rating:
4.83 / 5
1st. Durham University

The sheer variety of what's on offer at Durham University is a good starting point as to why they are the best in the UK when it comes to Clubs and Societies. The Union at Durham currently manages over 200 different societies including; Thai Boxing, Whisky Appreciation and Quidditch! Alongside this broad array of societies, they also have various associations such as LGBT or International Students, and these make sure that everyone feels welcome and enjoys their university experience.

Read 65 reviews by students
You get to engage so much more with people, sports and societies because of the amazing intercollegiate system

Average rating:
4.75 / 5
2nd. University of Exeter

The University of Exeter plays host to over 200 societies, covering everything from baking to Longboarding, dancing to theatre, there really is something for everyone to try whether you have done it before or not. With this kind of diversity, it's easy to see why Exeter students have voted it as the second best university for clubs and societies in the UK.

Read 291 reviews by students
The societies are so welcoming and incredibly inclusive. With a huge variety, they cater for everyone and there are always opportunities to get involved.

Average rating:
4.74 / 5
3rd. University of St Andrews

The Students' Association at St Andrews have cleverly implemented a unique system whereby there are nine sub-committees or 'super-societies', of which all students are members - something you won't see in every university. Without paying any fees to join, any student can get involved at any time - whether that be performing in a show or getting involved in some voluntary work. These include 'Music is Love', STAR (St Andrews Radio) and SVS (St Andrews Voluntary Service). Also, The University of St Andrews is home to over 140 different societies, ranging from food and drink to charitable, from ‘fan and geek’ to political. St Andrews manage to raise over £100,000 per year for three different charities solely through societies and sub-committees. All of these elements combined allow for such a diverse group of people to come together and enjoy their time at St Andrews, while also providing a service to society and a contribution to charities, making them well worthy of a third place in our ranking. Niall Scott, Director of Communication at University of St Andrews has also revealed some exciting news on where the societies are based: “This week we’re opening a new £12 million refurbishment of the Students’ Union, where all our societies are based.”

Read 68 reviews by students
It is a truly wonderful place to study with many opportunities to get involved in different societies and events from both traditional to modern.

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