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It’s that time of the year again and we all know what it brings. October at Students’ Union UCL is usually the month where new students are settling in and older ones rediscover what studying at UCL is all about. Quite honestly, there is no better way to start off the year by perhaps trying out something new and it is a well-known fact, that at the Students’ Union you have  over 260 opportunities to choose from.

As you probably know, the Union has many different societies. From the “Yoncé Appreciation” to places like “Pi Media” through all the national societies and ending on the sports ones. The opportunities are limitless.

How do you decide? Do you just give it a stab in the dark, not knowing what you’re going to get, or would you rather have an idea of all the activities? If you’re unsure, perhaps the best way is going to a taster session

What is a taster session? Well, it’s basically the opportunity for a trail run. You go to one of the club or society activities and you see if it’s cool. My personal favourites are the national societies and their pub crawls - they’re a nice opportunity to meet people from all over the globe over a nice pint or a G&T. This year, I went to the Polish Society to see how the Poles like to spend their time. As someone who is quite interested in Poland and who speaks the language a bit, it was a great opportunity to meet new people and socialise with the ones I had already known. We first met up at Tottenham Court Road and then carried on through the night in close proximity to UCL. What a great way to spend a Friday evening… I know there are going to be more events, so why not take a friend or two, go out there and meet some new people? 

Polish Society Welcome Event

“But what if I don’t like nightlife and pubs that much?” - Great! Neither do I, trust me! That’s why I would encourage you to check the sports societies. Most teams have their trial sessions in October where they recruit players that are going to represent TeamUCL throughout the year. But don’t worry, if you don’t make it to the first team, there’s always a chance you can join the non-competitive groups. This year, I continued my loving relationship with Red Star FC- a football society (nota bene, previously it was called SSEES AFC after one of the coolest departments at UCL, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies). They have a very inclusive programme of five-a-side games every week, in case you didn’t make it to the first team. What’s more, if you’ve missed the trail sessions, you can always come to one of the 5-a side games and recruitment takes place there too!

In the end, whatever you choose, it’s all about you making yourself feel at home in London. Whether it’s some national societies, or a sports group or something else, these groups are here to help you make friends and make your uni experience unforgettable. It’s half way through the month and it’s still not to late to try new things. So, buckle up, don’t be shy and make this academic year a great one.

Article by Konrad Gradalski

Check out all of the events that are still to come on the What’s On Guide, or browse and see which club or society takes your fancy with our club and society directory. 

Memberships are available to all members of the Union, at any time of year and can be bought through the directory or in person at the Student Activities Centre.