18 Weird Student Societies You Absolutely HAVE To Join At University

23/03/2012 14:02 | Updated 15 January 2014

There are many weird and wonderful societies in studentville but some are more bizarre than others.

From the rock paper scissors society to the kettle society, there's one for everyone and we've rounded up the best. Well, what else would students do with all that free time?

  • 1 Assassins' Guild, Sheffield University
    "So, what are we exactly? "No, we are not a group of homicidal students that go round opening fire on unsuspecting students. Well, not exactly... "The Assassin's Guild runs a series of non-lethal games of mock-assassination where players are designated a target which they then have to hunt down whilst being targeted themselves. The last player left alive is the winner! These games will take place in a variety of guises over the course of the year with a healthy dose of socials along the way to keep everyones spirits up! We can't be killing each other ALL the time..."
  • 2 Stitch and Bitch, Leeds University
    Leeds University has its very own "stitch n bitch" society where people stitch... and bitch. But, fear not, it has been hauled into the 21st century and even has its own Facebook page which boasts erm, nine members... This lady is evidently not a student but she is bang on trend with one of the latest crazes to hit universities across the UK. Yep, that's right, granny knitting is now cool.
  • 3 Tiddlywinks Society, Cambridge University
    Perhaps not the most athletically demanding of games but Tiddlywinks has made a comeback. The quaint "sport" is played in universities such as Cambridge, whose students regularly hold tournaments against their old foes Oxford. They describe themselves as a "very sociable society".
  • 4 The Kettle Society, University of Nottingham
    More normal than it sounds, actually. Nottingham students gather to broaden their horizons with the club's tea tasting and around-the-world workshops. "Ladies and gentlemen, start your kettles!"
  • 5 Mario Kart Society, University of Essex
    Essex University prefers to keep schtum about the details of this evidently top-secret group. We can only guess it may have something to do with a small Italian called Mario.
  • 6 KiguSoc, York University
    "KiguSoc aims to bring together people who have a genuine enthusiasm for Kigus or onesies. Although typically designed for indoor use, we believe there is no occasion or activity that is not improved by a Kigu. KiguSoc is for those who aren't afraid to get out there and show their love of fleece to the world!"
  • 7 Twenty Minute Society, Newcastle University
    "We organise events every few weeks which you will receive a text on your phone 20 minutes before with a location of where to meet. "We do a range of activities such as paint balling, comedy nights - the list goes on and on. We also have a mystery holiday once a year, previous destinations being Prague, Amsterdam and Dublin!"
  • 8 Competitive Eating Society, University of Kent
    "UKC Competitive Eating Society hosts eating challenges at locations on campus and in town. We aim to do speed, spice and quantity challenges, as well as putting on some team events. "Important point – You don’t have to attend all the events and you don’t have to be a strong competitor! We’re not what competitive eating looks like on TV where people are desperately pushing food in their mouths with bibs and buckets. Well, not always :) "In the past we’ve done the Chicken Nugget Centurion, the One Metre Pizza, and the Hot Curry challenge among others, but we’ve got loads planned for this year."
  • 9 Beekeeping Society, University of East Anglia
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    "For anyone in and around Norwich, Norfolk, with an interest in keeping honeybees for pleasure or profit (or both!). An opportunity to share knowledge and experiences for everyone's benefit but especially the bees."
  • 10 Pagan Society, Newcastle University
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    "A meeting place for young Pagans to chat + discuss their faith in an open, friendly environment. We have regular trips to natural beauty spots/ heritage sites + altered open rituals with local Pagan groups."
  • 11 Role Playing Society, Lancaster University
    "LURPS is a well established society for tabletop and live action roleplaying, as well as collectable card gaming and tabletop wargaming. We have a large membership of over 100 roleplayers, and run various events almost every day of the week. New and experienced gamers are more than welcome to join."
  • 12 The Pirate Society, University of Sussex
    "Avast, all ye salty seadogs! Be ye a'hankering for adventure on the high seas? Have ye a love of the sea and a lust for buried treasure? Do ye look great in a tricorn hat? "If the answer to these riddles be yaaaar, then the USSU Pirate Society be for ye! Sign yer mark and join our crew, and be a part of the Union's original and best truly pointless society! "We promise nothing more or less than pure fun, and ask of ye nothing more than yer name and email address! Find us through the Union website, or join our crew by seeking "USSU Pirate Society" on the Book of Faces! YAAAAARRRRR!!"
  • 13 Hummus Society, University of London School of Economics
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    "Mission: to bring Hummus to the lives of others." A society dedicated to the love of hummus located at LSE.
  • 14 Gog Magog Molly, University of Cambridge
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    Somewhere between an 90s acid house rave and Morris dancing, Gog Magog Molly is a society dedicated to molly dancing, an ancient tradition from the depths of East Anglia. Dances are complicated and combined with brightly-painted faces and costumes. Wacky!
  • 15 The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Society, University of Manchester
    A society created to protect University of Manchester students from the inevitable imminent zombie apocalypse. Is it more Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Shaun of the Dead though?
  • 16 Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society, University of St Andrews
    "All things vintage! Biscuits and banter since 1981." Tunnock's Caramel Wafers seem to be especially popular at the University of St Andrews, with their Facebook page on more than 250 likes! Tea parties and lots of chocolate eating are the forte for this society.
  • 17 Gin Appreciation Society, Durham University
    Who loves gin? Durham University, apparently. This is no rowdy drunken society though however, with gin tasting sessions and news all about the spirit shared on their Facebook page.
  • 18 Harry Potter Society, University of Warwick
    A number of universities, such as the University of Warwick, now have societies which appreciate Harry Potter. Some places have taken their obsession even further and have gathered together Quidditch teams, a 'sport' now extremely popular in both Canada and the US. Oxford University are the current champions and take the game very seriously.
  • 19 PunSoc, University of Sussex
    "Bringing together a love of puns and pubs, the Sussex University Puns Society aims to induce laughter while getting 'dafter' in the process." For any aspiring journalists or anyone who just wants a laugh, PunSoc is the place to be. With socials with names like 'Punder the Sea', why wouldn't you want to join?
  • 20 Curry Appreciation Society, Bath University
    Bath University students in particular seem to love curry, with BUCAS being one of their biggest societies. They run cheap curry socials, provide cheap deals for restaurants in the area and of course, eat lots and lots of it.
  • 21 Robot Football Society, University of Plymouth
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    Yes, the University of Plymouth play football with a robotic twist. They play matches against one another and staff get involved as well as students. Apparently the robots are used for research and teaching, as well as in competitions.
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