15 Of The Weirdest Societies You Can Join At University
Brb, going back to uni...
The Assassins Society, Durham University
Um, what? Yep - if you fancy getting your Mr & Mrs Smith on (*prays for Brad Pitt lookalike*), Durham University is where it’s at. Obviously the society doesn’t advocate actual murder (this ain’t Panem, folks), but rather involves non-lethal games of mock-assassination - in which members must ‘hunt’ and ‘kill’ each other over the course of several weeks using what is described as ‘safe weaponary’. Actually sounds kind of fun, no?
Competitive Eating Society, Kent University
Love eating? Like really, really REALLY love eating? Yes? Well rejoice if you’re at KU, because there’s an actual society for that. Past competitons include - but are not limited to - The Chicken Nugget Centurion, the One Metre Pizza (omg sign us up), and the Hot Curry Challenge. Better dig out your stretchiest pants…
The Sheila And Her Dog Society, Cambridge University
Ok so this society sounds pretty normal to begin with: members meet up to eat sweets and drink hot chocolate. Fine, sounds great. Then there’s the part where they read aloud to each other in the voices of six-year-olds. Right. Cool. Lovely. Oh, and the dress code is strictly dressing gowns, which sounds fabulous. It’s named after a lady called Sheila (obvs), who used to shout at the original members for being too loud. Yes, she owned a dog.
Harry Potter Society, Cardiff University
WHAT. YES. ALL OF THE YES. WINGARDIUM LEVI-OH-GOD-WHERE-DO-WE-SIGN. Activities involve a TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT, trivia nights, and screenings. Apols for all the capitals, this one is very exciting. Brb, going back to uni. In Cardiff.
The 20 Minute Society, Newcastle University
Really cool concept this one - members are sent a text every few weeks, just 20 minutes before an activity begins. The official page says: “We do a range of activities such as paint balling, comedy nights - the list goes on and on. We also have a mystery holiday once a year, previous destinations being Prague, Amsterdam and Dublin!” Fun. Unless you’re in the middle of waxing your bikini line when that text hits your inbox, of course.
Jailbreak Society, Warwick University
Does not involve tattooing blueprint of local prison onto entire body before getting arrested on purpose a la Prison Break. DOES involve attempting to get as far away from campus as possible in just 36 hours - without spending ANY money on transportation - to raise $$$ for charity. Previous members have made it as far as Poland, Morocco and even New York (!!!). Amazing.
Viking Society, Plymouth University
If facial hair and invading are your jam, Plymouth is the uni you wanna be at. Viking Soc not only allows students to make their own Viking clothing (a nice casual outfit to wear to lectures) but also teaches how to fight like a Viking, eat like a Viking, and camp out on the moors like a Viking. Oh, and they enjoy regular pub crawls too, which probably isn’t completely historically accurate, but it IS university.
PunSoc, Sussex University
Think you’re punny? The Pun Society of Sussex combine puns and pubs, which actually sounds pretty darn great. Their first social of the year is called Punder The Sea, so that should give you an idea of what to expect.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Society, Leeds University
Called L.U.R.P.S for short, this society does exactly what it says on the tin, with members competing to become the ultimate R.P.S champ. Related and interesting fact: there’s actually a World Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship. Wonder how they decide which country it’s held in each time….?
The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Society, Manchester University
Created to prepare students at Manchester uni for Walking Dead IRL. Members learn all sorts of survival skills so that when those zombies inevitably arrive, they’ll be the ones laughing as the rest of us are mauled to death within hours.
Kettle Society, Nottingham University
Not, as you might have thought, for people who want to sit around admiring various types of kettle. In fact, the group describes itself as ‘home of caffeine aficionados’. Activities include tea-drinking, cafe crawls and Pottery painting, all organised by the commitTEA. Oi, PunSoc, are you hearing this?
Hide and Seek Society, Exeter University
Campus-wide games of hide and seek? Incredible. Also a really handy excuse for missing your lecture: ‘Sorry sir - nobody found me for 4 days’.
Extreme Ironing Society, Nottingham University
Forget ironing being a chore - this lot get their boards out in all sorts of extreme locations, ironing while surfing, abseiling, or rock climbing. Fun AND useful.
The Nicolas Cage Appreciation Society, Lincoln University
Meme life has done the inevitable, and become a real thing - at least at Lincoln University, which has a group dedicated purely to the appreciation of ol’ Nick and his plethora of films. Movie nights and themed socials are the name of the game, and the game sounds GOOD.
The Pirate Society, Essex University
It would be impossible to describe this any better than the group’s official Facebook page already does: “Avast, all ye salty seadogs! Be ye a’hankering for adventure on the high seas? Have ye a love of the sea and a lust for buried treasure? Do ye look great in a tricorn hat?"
“If the answer to these riddles be yaaaar, then the USSU Pirate Society be for ye! Sign yer mark and join our crew, and be a part of the Union’s original and best truly pointless society! “We promise nothing more or less than pure fun, and ask of ye nothing more than yer name and email address! Find us through the Union website, or join our crew by seeking “USSU Pirate Society” on the Book of Faces! YAAAAARRRRR!!”. Yup.