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Published on September 22nd, 2015 | by Kate Ellis

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8 societies you must check out at Reading University

One of the most rewarding experiences of university can be joining a sports club or society – you have a chance to meet new friends, pick up new skills, discover new interests or share your love of an existing passion.

There is no shortage of student activities at the University of Reading with over 120 societies connected to RUSU. Check out our guide to just 8 of the dozens of societies worth checking out this year.

Circus Arts

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There’s plenty of new and unique skills you can pick up at Reading’s Circus Arts Society: from juggling, poi, staff, diablo and hoop to contact manipulation & unicycling. The group welcomes members of all skill levels and backgrounds and gives you the chance to visit circus art events taking place across the country.

Drum and Bass Society

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Want to go out and enjoy Reading’s growing underground scene? Then check out Reading University’s Drum and Bass Society. Set up in 2013, the society not only offers you a chance to discover some of the town’s best hidden nightlife but you can also practise mixing and DJing yourself.

Harry Potter & Quidditch Society

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You’d be hard pressed to find any other society like this one. Whether you’re a a simple fan of the series or want to take your love of the wizarding world to the next level then check out the Harry Potter and Quidditch Society. Events range from simple quizzes and socials themed around Harry Potter to the chance to try out Muggle Quidditch yourself.

Real Ale Society

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Reading is a fantastic real ale town so it comes as no surprise that the university has a society to match. The Real Ale society is for all those appreciative of the variety and complexity of real ale drinks available. In addition to pub quizzes and visits to pubs and breweries, the society also made headlines last year for brewing their own drink, ‘Extra Curricular’.

R U Not Drinking Much?

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On the other end of the spectrum, if you want a society where you can socialise and enjoy yourself without having a drink then check out R U Not Drinking Much? Whether you are a light drinker, don’t drink at all, or are simply looking for something different to get involved in at university then this society should help you find a new perspective for having fun as a student.

Student Media

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Technically three entries, there are plenty of ways to get creative at the University of Reading’s student media. For aspiring journalists there is the long-established Spark Newspaper, for future Nick Grimshaws and Zane Lowes there is Junction11 and for future television presenters and filmmakers there is RUON TV.

Theme Park Society

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Not a society for the faint-hearted. If you think you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker then check out the University of Reading’s Theme Park Society. The group travels across the country to visit the UK’s best attractions from the London Dungeon to Drayton Manor. Best of all, you get reduced ticket prices and cheap travel wherever possible – and membership is completely free.

Domestic Do It Yourself Society

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If the heart-racing activities of the Theme Park Society don’t interest you then why not try out the slower paced, Domestic Do It Yourself Society? Domestic DIY provides the perfect relaxation from the stress of coursework and exams: not only will you pick up some new craft skills but you could enjoy social events in Ascot, Covent Garden and other places.


None of these societies interest you? Check out the full 120 sports clubs and societies at Reading University online.

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