University societies are a crucial part of student life. Besides university sports and subject related societies, there are a whole host of weird, wonderful, and downright bizarre societies to explore. Here's our top 11.
1. Sheila and her Dog Society
University of Cambridge
A silly society that involves regressing back to childhood (literally – in all meetings members are considered six years old). The start of each meeting is marked by the ceremonial drop of a penguin named Alan. Reading children’s stories, eating sweets, drinking hot chocolate and chucking teddy bears about all whilst wearing dressing gowns is what members of this intriguing society do for fun.
2. Curry Appreciation Society
University of Bath
Catering for all curry fanatics, BUCAS is one of the biggest societies at the University of Bath. The chance to eat copious amounts of cheap curry and socialise is perhaps the main incentive for applications to the University...
3. Hula Hoop Society
Catering for all abilities, this society meets each week to refine their hooping technique and socialise with other ‘hoopers’.
4. PUN SOCIETY
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
“Bringing together a love of Puns and Pubs”.
5. Game of Thrones Society
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
The increasing popularity of the HBO series of Game of Thrones sparked the creation of a society in its honour. As the first ever GoT society, it has even been backed by Joffrey himself, and runs regular GoT pub quizzes and competitive board game meetings.
6. Hummus Society
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
With the simple mission to bring Hummus to the lives of others, this society celebrates the chickpea dip in all its glory.
7. Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Society
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
A hobby tried and tested by grannies worldwide, stitching ‘n’ bitching go hand in hand. This crafty bunch gather for group crafts including knitting and crochet. Whether they actually enjoy knitting or just love a good gossip is widely debated.
8. Tiddlywinks Society
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
“Tiddlywinks is a game of strategy and dexterity for two to four players”.
Founded in 1955, Cambridge’s Tiddlywinks society is both a social and a serious sporting society. Members can be found at Tiddlywinks tournaments and on pub crawls singing the CUTwC Anthem.
9. Viking Society
Interested in the history, culture, and battles of the Vikings? Learn how to fight dark-age style with this intriguing lot. Re-enactment is not the only activity of this university club - become a member and find yourself at feasts and even crafting your own Viking clothing and equipment.
10. Twenty Minutes Society
What can you do in twenty minutes? This mysterious society only notifies members of their socials via text at short notice – twenty minutes, in fact. Spontaneity is key and there is even an annual mystery holiday.
11. Quidditch and Harry Potter Society
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Providing an opportunity for the muggles amongst us to experience the wizarding world, this society really does play Quidditch (minus the flying…). You may be surprised to find out that Quidditch is played by 300 teams worldwide and is described by the group as “a cross between rugby and dodgeball”. Sounds intense.