Clubs and societies play a vital role in your uni life. Not only do they give you a chance to let off steam and relax after a hard day, but it also helps you make friends, increase your skills in something you’re passionate about, and it could even add something to your CV! So who have students voted as having the best clubs and societies in the entire UK?
Moving up three places from last year,
Bangor University take their crown back for best clubs and societies (they actually won it in 2015 and then lost it to Loughborough last year). In fact Bangor have been consistently ranked in the top ten for best clubs and societies for the last four years!
With over 160 free societies on offer, Bangor students clearly have plenty to choose from, and it’s something regularly mentioned in their reviews, as well as the sheer variety of the types of societies they can join, from sports and academic interests, to musical tastes and niche hobbies.
Last year’s winners
Loughborough University stay in the top two and take home the silver in this category. Entering the top ten in this category for the last six years, and in the top three for four years, Loughborough University clearly care about their clubs and societies. Nominated in nine categories and placing within the top three in seven of them, Loughborough are seriously impressing students.
Loughborough offers over 100 societies and 56 sports-based clubs, as well as magazine and TV and radio station which students can get involved in. If that wasn’t enough, the university also runs regular classes as part of their arts programme, where students can learn skills such as painting, pottery and drawing, amongst other things.
As well as high ratings, students also said lovely things about Loughborough’s clubs and societies. This includes comments about how inclusive they were, how much support the university give the societies as well as the diversity of the societies on offer.
Dropping one place from last year but still remaining in the top three for a third year,
Harper Adams continue to run clubs and societies which make students incredibly happy. Although their skills clearly go beyond clubs and societies as Harper Adams have been nominated in nine categories and placed top three in eight of them this year.
Students told us that they loved Harper Adams’ clubs and societies for many reasons, including the variety they could choose from, how sociable the societies were and how friendly and welcoming they were to newcomers.
What Does The Data Say?
This is the category with the second biggest improvement rising to 3.83 from 3.60. An important part of the student experience, commonly cited aspects which were mentioned in the comments included the breadth of the clubs and societies on offer, cost to get involved and how open and accessible it was to participate.
Check out the full list of clubs and societies rankings from the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.