What your students' union can do for you
Around 600 students' unions are members of the National Union of Students (NUS), so over to NUS to explain how to get the most out of yours...
The student's union bar is always popular too, but you'll quickly realise that your union is more than just a place that sells cheap beer – here's what they can offer.
Enjoy playing sport?Your union will run loads of sports clubs. Why not try a new sport, or one you haven’t played for a few years? You'll get some exercise while also making great friends.
There are also positions of responsibility that keep these clubs running; you can develop your leadership skills while having fun – all good stuff for your CV.
Have a hobby?Your union will have societies that connect people with the same hobbies. And even if nothing appeals, you can start one. Maybe you could be the first ever president of the funny-shaped pebbles appreciation society...
Having problems at university or college?
Your students’ union will be able to offer advice (or direct you to the best place for it) on a things like money, housing, safety and wellbeing.
Whether it's dirty halls of residence, struggling with finances or a problem with your course – your union will be able to help.
Want to develop your skills alongside your education?There are plenty of ways develop your skills at your union – including running a society, volunteering in the community and getting elected on a committee to lead campaigns on issues that affect students.
The Uni Guide provides guest spots to external contributors. This is from the National Union of Students (NUS), a confederation of 600 students' unions representing the interests of more than seven million students.