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Clubs and societies
Students at sport society stands, Oxford University Student Union Freshers' Fair.
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Clubs and societies

With more than 400 groups to choose from, your time at Oxford will never be dull. There are so many - not just for music and sports, but literature, politics, performing arts, media, faiths, cultural groups, opportunities for volunteering and more - that it may be a challenge to decide which to join. Whatever your level of expertise, you can become involved in any club or society that interests you. If a society or team does not exist, it is often possible to find support for setting one up. The annual Freshers’ Fair at the start of the first term is an ideal opportunity to find out what is available.

Oxford University Students' Union (OUSU)

Run by students, for students, OUSU exists to enhance the student experience at Oxford. A team of sabbatical and part-time officers, elected annually by the whole student body, work hard to ensure that Oxford's 22,000 student voices are heard within the University and the local community. International or home, undergraduate or postgraduate, OUSU represents all students.

OUSU deals with University-wide issues, like bursary negotiations and welfare, representation on national debates surrounding higher education and its funding, and liaises with the local community.

It also provides a free, confidential Student Advice Service.

Students can get involved with OUSU's LGBTQ campaign, Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE), Mental Health Campaign and more.

As well as hosting many events including charity events and an International Students’ Festival, Oxford University Students' Union also organises the annual Freshers’ Fair where hundreds of student societies try to sign up new members at the start of their first term.

The Student Union produces more than 20 publications, including its Alternative Prospectus, the Freshers’ Guide and Oxford Handbook.


Budding journalists and broadcasters have a wealth of opportunities at Oxford, whether they want a distraction from work or the first step in a career. Oxide is a student-run radio station combining a diverse playlist with talk shows and interviews. The Cherwell and The Oxford Student newspapers publish everything from restaurant reviews and crosswords to investigative journalism and sports reports. Isis Magazine is Britain’s oldest student publication, but Oxford has dozens of others, in print and on the web, both University-wide and published by individual colleges.

Behind the scenes at the Cherwell and The Oxford Student

The editors and some of the contributors talk about Oxford's two weekly student newspapers.


The Oxford Union

The world’s most famous debating society has long had a reputation for bringing internationally known guests and speakers to Oxford. Established in 1823, it aims to promote debate and discussion not just in the University, but across the globe. The Union is also a social centre and there are frequent lectures by all kinds of figures, from Ronald Reagan, the Dalai Lama and Diego Maradona to Johnny Depp, Stephen Hawking and Shakira.


Oxford offers a wealth of opportunities for volunteering, many of which can be found through the Oxford Hub. OUSU also has a Vice-President for Charities and Communities who coordinates fundraising for a range of local and national charities through Raise and Give (RAG), as well as campaigning and volunteering through the Environment and Ethics Committee. They are there to help you with any questions about volunteering in Oxford.

Students talk about their work with the Oxford Hub and RAG.