How To Directory

Being part of a club or society is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding things you can do at university, and the Students' Union is here to help.

If you’re really interested in something and there’s not already a club or society for it, you might be thinking about starting your own. 

Creating a club or society from scratch is a lot of work and we already have around 300 clubs and societies so wherever possible we encourage you to work with related existing societies but if you think there’s something missing then we can help.

To apply for affiliation you will need to have already started running as group.

Applications to affiliate your existing club or society to the Students’ Union can only be made in the Summer term during the affiliation window period. 

The affiliation window is now OPEN until Sunday 7th May 2023, 23:59. Applications can be made here. 

How do I start a club or society?


When it comes to starting there is no right or wrong way to do it. We would recommend you start by getting some people together and making a social media group and/or organising meetings.

You won’t be covered by our insurance or have access to the same support as our affiliated groups but there is nothing stopping you from independently forming a group.

You will have access to SUSU/University spaces as a student and are able to book them to use for meetings. Additionally regardless of affiliation SUSU is often happy to support student led events.

Once you have got students together we recommend you put together a committee to help run the society and decide upon the rules and aims of your society (you can follow the template SUSU constitution).

If you think your group would benefit from being affiliated you may want to see what the criteria for affiliation are.