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Make the most of your University experience

Explore your interests and make friends with The SU and TeamBath. Join societies, sports clubs or an art class, volunteer or become a student rep.

Join student groups

The Students' Union (The SU) has over 180 groups you can choose to join. This is a great way to make friends, develop new skills, and do something you love.

You can find groups about cultural values, the arts, ethical and political issues, and a huge range of activities, including:

  • video games
  • debating
  • cue sports
  • Harry Potter

There is also a range of diversity and support groups you can join.

Getting involved in student groups can also be a way to learn and develop skills that you might need for your career. As part of a group, you can practise marketing, organise events and trips, or apply for a position on a committee. You could also start your own society or apply to help run The SU itself.

If you're a postgraduate student, you're automatically a member of the Postgraduate community.

If you’re an International student, you're automatically a member of the International community.

Enjoy the Team Bath facilities and services

Take part in a wide range of sports and make use of our state-of-the-art facilities, whatever your level or ability.

Join a club

We have 49 sports clubs here at Bath and you can join whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just want to try something new. Each club has regular training sessions for both performance and recreational sport along with social events.

Find out more about SU Sport.

Use the sports facilities on campus

When you start at Bath, your library card comes with a Sports Pass. This gives you free access to facilities1 like the:

  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • tennis, squash, and badminton courts
  • athletics track
  • astroturf pitches
  • indoor sports hall

Use the gym, go to fitness classes or use other sports facilities and enjoy a discount of up to 50% on a gym membership. Plus you can access free sports physio and strength/conditioning services through your club coach.

Compete against other universities

Many of our sports clubs compete against other universities as part of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

All BUCS matches are held on Wednesday afternoons (when there are no lectures) or weekends so you can fit competitive sports into your schedule.

Find out more about joining a BUCS team.

Explore the arts

If you’re interested in art, dance, music, or theatre, or how the arts can support your wellbeing, we’ve got the facilities and passionate student leaders to support you and help you get involved.

You can join arts societies through The SU, including:

Read more about the arts at Bath
A student playing a guitar on stage.

Make your voice heard

There are many ways you can share your views with your community and campaign alongside other students.

Get involved in politics

Join a politics and activism group to get involved in local and national politics and create change for a cause you believe in.

Run your own campaign

Make an impact on the student experience by running a campaign for something you believe in. The SU can help you every step of the way.

Join the media group

If you're interested in working in radio, film or news, the media group is always ready to welcome and train new members. Develop journalism skills and help share the news from around the University.

Students reporting news on campus

Get involved in fundraising and volunteering

You can support local and global issues by taking part in fundraising and volunteering activities by:

You can also receive awards and recognition for your fundraising and volunteering to support your CV and career prospects.

Find out more about volunteering
A student showing school children a science demonstration

Become a student representative

Stand for election as a student representative to support other students and improve the University.

You can represent students from your course, faculty or accommodation, or represent the University's students at a national level. You can also develop valuable skills and get experience working with your peers and senior University staff.

Posts you can run for include:

  • SU Officer
  • NUS Conference Delegate
  • Academic Representative
  • Faculty Representative
  • Senate Representative
  • Hall Rep
  • student group committee member

You can become a student representative during any year of your course.

Students campaigning for the SU election.

Make the most of your SU membership

The SU helps you get the most from your experience at Bath. As a student-led organisation, it provides a welcoming community, social activities, support, and opportunities for representation.

You can also apply for a TOTUM student card from the National Union of Students (NUS). It gives discounts on shopping, travel, entertainment, and more.

When you register with the University, you automatically become a member of The SU.

Opting out of membership

You have the right not to be a member of The SU. See the Code of Practice for The SU for information on opting out.

Cedric Bridger
‘The art societies on campus, like the dance or painting societies, host sessions for people to come in and try things out.’
Cedric Bridger MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (2023)

1 We cannot guarantee that facilities will always be available because there may be changes in law or official government guidance, including measures on social distancing which may occur through the course of the academic year and other changes to the operating environment for universities which may be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.