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University is about trying new things. At Cambridge, you can do almost anything at almost any level, from ‘having a go’ to semi-professional. Your extra-curricular activities might provide a springboard for careers or be part of life beyond university too.

Community and charity

There are lots of opportunities for Cambridge students to get involved in community projects, campaigns and charity work. Many national and international charities have student society branches in the University, from Amnesty International to the Anthony Nolan Trust, and there are also student groups who work closely with local charities and community organisations.

Cambridge RAG focuses on fundraising and raises more than £100,000 annually for 10 student-selected charities. Jailbreak is one of their most popular fundraisers, with sponsored students racing to get as far away from Cambridge as possible in 36 hours, spending only the money they raise along the way!

Drama

Cambridge is renowned for its student-produced drama. From the cutting edge comedy of the Cambridge Footlights to classical plays, popular musicals and original productions, there’s something for everyone.

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, even if you have never done it before.

There are excellent performing arts facilities around Cambridge. 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.

Media

If you’d like to try your hand at journalism, there are various student newspapers and other publications to get involved with, including Varsity, The Cambridge Student and The Tab. As well as CU-TV and the University’s radio station, Cam FM (presented by University members and offering training in many aspects of radio), there are other student groups focused on photography and film-making.

Music

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, and has an extensive collection of instruments which can be used by students (some instruments may be available to hire).

Music groups include:

  • a capella groups
  • Baroque Ensemble
  • Brass Band Society
  • Ceilidh Band
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Hip Hop Society
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Mixtape Society
  • Opera Society
  • Rock Society
  • Show Choir
  • String Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra

If you’re already a singer/chorister, organist or instrumentalist of a high standard, you may like to consider one of our music awards. For information about Organ Scholarships, Choral Awards and Instrumental Awards, see Music Awards.

Politics

Cambridge is politically diverse and engaged, so it’s a great place for students to debate local, national and international issues or get involved in student campaigns.

There are numerous political clubs, representing different political parties and many other political societies which host high profile speakers and organise panel discussions on contemporary topics.

There are also lots of student campaign groups which campaign on important political issues, both within the University and at a national level, including Cambridge Defend Education, Cambridge Zero Carbon and the Cambridge SU Ethical Affairs Campaign.

Other interests?

As well as those already mentioned there are societies relating to religious and cultural groups, dance, food and drink, games and hobbies, and a range of academic subjects.

The Societies Directory on the Cambridge SU website has a list of all the societies within the University. There are also lots of clubs and societies within the different Colleges. 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.