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Clubs and societies

We have more than 165 clubs and societies at Essex so you will find something to get involved in. They cover virtually everything across the arts, sport, politics, culture and music.

Our students love getting involved in sports teams, clubs and societies, which helps make our Students' Union one of the most active and friendliest in the UK.

Why Essex?

  • Choose from more than 165 clubs and societies
  • One of the UK's most active students' unions
  • Discover new talents or develop your interests
  • Meet people who love the things you love

Full list of clubs and societies.

Fancy football, rugby or skydiving?

Our sports teams are known as the Essex Blades and compete in a range of regional and national competitions.

Full list of sports clubs on the Students' Union website

Sign-up and get involved

All our societies and clubs are open to anyone to join, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, race or sexual orientation. You can sign-up at Freshers' Fair during Freshers' Week or visit the Students’ Union reception at any time. Alternatively visit the clubs and societies web and Facebook pages.

Set-up your own club

If none of the existing societies appeals to you, then you can start one up yourself. All you need is a society start-up form from the Students' Union reception and 20 signatures from potential members.

Sports facilities

Our sports facilities include outdoor pitches stretching across 40 acres as well as extensive indoor facilities. At our Southend Campus there is a state-of-the-art Evolve Gym and you can also access a range of sports in the local area.

The Arts

The University Theatre

Our University offers a varied and active arts programme which interests students, staff and members of the general public. This includes music, exhibitions and theatre productions throughout the year, with work by students and staff, as well as professional touring companies

Students' Union

Students' Union

Our Students' Union (SU) is one of the most active in the country and is run by students, for students. Our SU will be there to offer you support, plus the opportunity to join numerous clubs and societies and to enjoy lots of events and nights out.

Explore Essex

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If you've not yet had a chance to visit us, why not explore our videos, blogs and social media? See more of our campuses, facilities and accommodation and hear from our students and academics about what it's really like to study with us.