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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...

You'll probably come across the students’ union at some point during your first few days at university. Maybe you'll get freebies from their freshers' fair stall or collect event wristbands in their building.
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. 

There are so many sports clubs that it is impossible not to find one that you like, and even if you aren't a sports person, going to the events and cheering for your team in the varsity leagues is a great experience. First Year English Literature Student | Nottingham Trent University

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...

The Students' Union hosts sports clubs and societies, of which there are over 70, and they even give you an option to start your own club or society if they don't already run one in an area you're passionate about. Second Year Psychology Student | University Of Huddersfield

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. 

The student union is very organised and provides an outstanding support for students with any queries and problems. Second Year Medical Biochemistry Student | Kingston University

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 student union is what you want it to be. Lots of provision for students who are willing to run their own night, launch a political campaign, do some volunteering. Second Year Media Student | Goldsmiths University

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