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There is a fantastic range of activities to take part in at York, the campus provides exciting opportunities to get involved in unique and diverse societies

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Aerobics Society

University of York Aerobics Society is a fitness club that caters for all levels and abilities. Sessions take place regularly, sometimes up to five times a week for a small fee. The annual fee is £7 and includes all classes. Aerobics Society brags for being the fittest society on campus and Society of the Year Nominees for 2012 and 2013. The society organizes popular socials- don't forget your towel and water!

Human v Zombie Society (HAZSoc)

Human v Zombie Society (HAZSoc) describes itself as a society which organises games of Humans vs. Zombies and Assassins for students. Human vs. Zombies is a game to tag! Prepare yourself and get ready for endless hours of playing!

Rotaract Society

Rotaract is an organisation for 18-30 year olds who are interested in helping their community and trying new activities. The society is specifically for York students and organises discussions and talks about the activities of the society, and information about how to get involved.

Knitting Society (Knit Soc)

KnitSoc brings together individuals who wish to knit. Knitting has been enjoying a brief vogue recently as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker take to their needles. The group holds informal meetings where new members can learn to knit or improve their skills.

University of York Magic Society

Magic Soc creates a forum for budding magicians on campus to learn new tricks, practice and perform with other magicians. This is a great opportunity to show off new tricks or impress friends with this astonishing skill.

Movie Soc

If you're a film lover, this society may be for you. Movie Soc puts on a free weekly screening for its members, after which the film is debated and discussed in a relaxed atmosphere. As well as this though, the society organises trips to the cinema and film festivals. Guest speakers from the movie industry have also visited the society to talk to the members about the industry.

Outdoor Society

Outdoor Society is for students who like to get a bit of fresh air and walk through the countryside. The society organises walks every Sunday catering for walkers of all abilities. They ensure beautiful locations where you can get away from the stress of lectures and assignments. They also organise weekend trips further away from York.

Photo Soc

Photo Soc is for every budding photographer at the University of York. This society allows you to meet people who share your passion for photography and learn more about it. The society also holds photo competitions based around themes, and holds a great selection of equipment that you can borrow.

Pole Exercise Society

Leave your expectations at the door! This is a serious aerobic workout for those brave enough to get involved, as well as being a fun and amusing society. It's also the first university society of its kind in the UK. Pole Soc meets to practise and learn at least once a week.

Poker Society

Poker is becoming an increasingly popular game both campus and in the wider world. Poker Soc offers an opportunity for students to learn different forms of the game and go on to play competitively in a safe, responsible environment. More experienced players will enjoy this as well, meeting other people who share a passion for one of the fastest growing games at the moment.

Slackline Society

Slackline combines the best of tightrope walking and trampolining: its members practise balancing on a flexible length of narrow webbing. You can often see members practising around campus, and it is a fun and inclusive society to join.

York Student Cinema

York Student Cinema (YSC) was originally created in the late 60s, but has grown ever since. They show three films a week in the Physics and Electronics Building on the projector screen with full surround sound. Most recently they had showings of the Lego Movie, the Hobbit, and the Book Thief. There's a role for anyone in the society, such as projecting, writing in their magazine, selling tickets or just having fun and watching the films. Last term they even held a quiz based on film knowledge.


York TheatreGoers is a society that organises trips to see the best theatre in and out of York, but on a student budget. This includes supporting campus productions as well. The society also organises socials so you can meet other members who love to go to the Theatre in a more relaxed atmosphere.

World Cinema Society

World Cinema Society shows great films from around the world and different cultures. Members and regulars can then join each other afterwards for drinks to discuss the film and films in general. As a member, you also get access to their free video library.

Yoga Soc

Yoga is a fantastic way to become more flexible as well as stronger and more relaxed. The society organises sessions from an external tutor at least twice a week, and groups range in difficulty. All you need is comfortable clothing and a mat or towel.

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