Clubs and Societies

The Students’ Union has more than 100 societies organised around international communities, sport activities, religious groups, hobbies and many other interests. You can join an existing society, or create your own.

Freshers Week

Freshers Week is organised at the beginning of academic year. There is a variety of events to get involved in as well as advice about settling in, and information about our wide range of student societies and clubs from the student union. We encourage students to join societies outside of study to facilitate teamwork, develop social networks, and other employable qualities.

International and Religious Societies

We have close links with the following International Societies:

International Student Organisation AIESEC
Afghan Society
Asian Cultural Society
African and Caribbean Society
Azerbaijan Student Society Bruneian Society Bulgarian Society Canadian Society
Chinese Student Society
Chinese Student & Scholars Association
Erasmus Society
Explore the UK Society
Greek and Cypriot Society
India Society
Indonesian Society
Italian Society
Japanese Society
Kazakhstan Society
Korean Students Society
Malaysian Students Association
Mauritian Society
Mexican Students Society
Middle Eastern Student Society Nordic Society Northern Ireland Society Pakistani Students Society
Persian Students Society
Polish Society (PolSoc)
Pre-Sessional Society
Russian Speaking Society
Singapore Society
Saudi Society
Sri Lankan Society
Taiwanese Society
Tamil Society
Thai Society
Turkish Society
Vietnamese Society

There are also religious societies that welcome international students, for example:

Abrahamic Monotheistic
African Caribbean Christian Fellowship
Alpha Society
Atheist Society
Catholic Society
Christian Union
Hindu Society
Islamic Society
Israel-Jewish Society

Krishna Consciousness
Student Christian Movement
The Sikh Society

The Students’ Union Societies Directory offers a full list of all societies. Joining a Club or Society is a great way to meet other people with the same interests and an easy way of making friends.

Friends International Southampton

Friends International Southampton is a Christian charity welcoming students of all faiths and nationalities. It puts international students in contact with local people, and distributes information about international events taking place in Southampton.

Portuguese Language Cafe at the Avenue Campus

The Portuguese Language Cafe was launched in 2009 at the Avenue Campus, providing an informal setting in which to talk in Portuguese with native and non-native speakers and to learn about each other's cultures. Language Cafes are the ideal forum for those who want to keep in touch with languages and through languages but who cannot commit to regular attendance at classes, or for those who want more practice in order to quickly improve their language skills. For more details contact Jaine Beswick on

Enquiry Form for Prospective Students

Enquiry form for prospective international students
Student in national dress

Student in national dress

If you don't find a society which caters to your interest, you can easily create your own.

"There are many societies and events organised throughout the year! I played for the University of Southampton Women's basketball team and also join street dance, took part in a cultural fashion show, learnt how to make short films, and became a qualified scuba-driver! I also learnt Arabic and Italian, and was e-mentored in Spanish!"

Carmen Tania Macleroy Obied from Spain, BA in Archaeology/MSc in Maritime Archaeology