Now that you’ve moved up to Nottingham, started classes and made some friends, you may think, should I join a society? Societies are a great way of meeting people outside of your course that share a similar interest with you. Plus, with over 200 at Uni Of and more than 120 at Trent (not even including sports clubs), there’s bound to be something interesting to you. But, where to start? Well, the obvious place to check would be your student union websites, where there are lists available for both UON and Trent students. But, while not an extensive list, here are some of the best student societies in Nottingham. 

As a disclaimer, this list is not going to include any subject-specific societies or sports societies in order to try and be as inclusive as possible. While you are generally recommended to join your subject society, you don’t have to (I haven’t). Plus, going to a non-subject-specific society means you’ll meet a wider range of people, so that’s always a good thing. And, while there are sporty people out there, not everyone is. So, this list won’t include either of those things. 

Taylor Swift Society – UON

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Source: Nottingham SU

For all the Swifties out there, Uni Of has a Taylor Swift society. Brand new for this year, it’s perfect if you’re a fan of Taylor Swift. Some of the events you can take part in include a Taylor Swift-themed pub quiz at Mooch on the 3rd of October and a discounted ticket to the Taylor Swift club night at Rescue Rooms on the 16th of December. All this for just £2 for the whole year! 

If interested, you can check out their Instagram here.

Help In The Community – NTU

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Source: NTU SU Website

Help In The Community is a society that allows Trent students to give back and support the homeless in the city centre. Each week, the group meets to prepare and distribute food for the weekly soup runs each Monday. To participate, you must pay a £3 membership before you can go on your first soup run. But, in comparison to how much support you’ll be giving to those in need, one less coffee or pint seems worth it. 

Self-Improvement Society – UON

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Source: UON Self Improvement Society on Instagram

Another new society, the Self Improvement Society at UON has a focus on creating a supportive community with a focus on self-improvement, as the name may suggest. The core ideas of the society include strong mental and physical health, goal setting, self-control and mindfulness. It could be the perfect society if you feel like you’re struggling with the transition to university or if you’re looking to feel more motivated. 

Brack DnD Society – NTU

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Source: NTU SU Website

Maybe you started playing DnD after watching Stranger Things, maybe you’ve always been a fan. But, for the Dungeons and Dragons lovers at Nottingham Trent, this is the society for you. A society that is accepting of all, no matter how long you have played or even if you have never played! The aim of the society is to meet up once a week, organising multiple campaigns throughout the year that players can choose to join should they desire. Some of the special events may include movie nights, figure painting and character creation workshops. 

Kettle Society – UON

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Source: UON Kettle Soc on Instagram

In what is probably the most quintessentially British society out there, the kettle society is for, as you may have guessed, drinking tea and other hot drinks. This society has weekly meetups to join, drink your favourite hot drink and relax with some mates. The society also goes on trips to cafes across the city, the first of which is on the 30th of September at 11am. You can check out their Instagram here for updates. 

Ice Skating – NTU

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Source: NTU SU Website

The National Ice Centre near Lace Market is the first Olympic-sized Ice rink in the country, so the members of the Ice Skating Society at NTU have decided to capitalise on that. There are weekly skating sessions from 4:45-5:45 pm every Tuesday at the Ice Centre that is exclusive to the members of the society. The society is open to all, no matter if you’re a seasoned veteran of the ice or if this is your first time. In addition to events on the ice, the society also hosts events and socials such as a roller disco.

So, there you have it, these are some of the best student societies in Nottingham. No matter which uni you go to, there’s bound to be a society that suits your fancy. Even if you only go to a few sessions, the memberships are generally very cheap (less than the price of one coffee and it’ll last you the whole year) and it can be a great way to meet some new people. 

If you’re looking for something to do in the city on a budget, check out our list of some of the best cheap things to do in Nottingham.