University is about trying things you've never had the chance to do before. At Cambridge, you can do almost anything at almost any level, from 'having a go' to semi-professional, and your extra-curricular activities may even provide a springboard for subsequent careers.
Cambridge students are very active in numerous community projects, campaigns and charity work, both locally and worldwide.
Cambridge RAG raises more than £160,000 annually for 10 student-selected charities in all manner of ways, such as Jailbreak, when sponsored students have 36 hours to get as far as possible without spending anything. Former jailbreakers have reached Australia, Rio de Janeiro, Thailand, Sweden and Miami.
Other community and charity groups include:
- Amnesty International
- Foodcyle Cambridge
- Student Community Action
Cambridge is renowned for its student-produced drama. Most well-known is the Cambridge Footlights comedy group, although there are around 20 drama groups in total.
Auditions are often open to all and there are also opportunities to have a go at directing, producing, set design, lighting, sound, stage management, costume, make-up and front of house if you prefer not to be on stage.
To support all this drama, there are excellent facilities. In addition to the University’s ADC Theatre, a number of Colleges have their own purpose-built auditoria and several major productions take place in the city’s Corn Exchange and Arts Theatre.
Other drama societies include:
- Marlowe Society
- Cambridge Impronauts
- Musical Theatre Society
If you'd like to try your hand at journalism, there are three regular term-time student newspapers (Varsity, The Cambridge Student and, online, The Tab) and a variety of other publications to get involved with.
In addition, there are groups for photography and film-making , as well as CU-TV and the University’s award-winning radio station, Cam FM, which is professionally managed and presented by University members and offers training in many aspects of radio.
Other media societies include:
- Bluesci magazine
- Advertising and Marketing Society
- Photographic Society
There’s an enormous range of musical societies and student bands catering for any style and level of experience. Many Colleges run open mic nights and numerous bands, choirs and orchestras regularly record and tour nationally and internationally.
The Faculty of Music also offers masterclasses and workshops.
For information about our Organ Scholarships, Choral Awards and Instrumental Awards, see Music Awards.
Music groups include:
- Jazz Orchestra
- Mixtape Society
- Rock Society
Cambridge’s numerous political clubs and societies allow students to debate local, national and international political issues.
You can also get involved in CUSU or your College students' union, or the Union Society's debates, where high profile speakers from the media and politics – such as Sir Brian Leveson, Rebecca Front, Shami Chakrabarti and Robert Downey Jr – speak alongside students.
Other politics societies include:
- Model United Nations
- Cambridge Libertarians
Currently, there are hundreds of clubs, societies and groups to choose from, and the number keeps growing! As well as those already mentioned there are societies relating to:
- the environment
- food and drink
- games and hobbies
- science and technology
- academic subjects
See the Societies Directory on the CUSU website for the full range. If there isn’t a group or society for your particular passion or interest at the moment, you could start one – all you have to do is find a few like-minded people.