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
Cambridge students are very active in numerous community projects, campaigns and charity work, both locally and worldwide.
Cambridge RAG 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 as possible without spending anything in just 36 hours. Former jailbreakers have reached Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Spain and New York.
Other community and charity groups include:
- Amnesty International
- Foodcyle Cambridge
- Student Community Action
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.
Other drama societies include:
- Marlowe Society
- Cambridge Impronauts
- Musical Theatre Society
If you'd like to try your hand at journalism, there are two student newspapers (Varsity and The Cambridge Student) and various other publications to get involved with. As well as CU-TV and the University’s award-winning radio station, Cam FM, (presented by University members and offering training in many aspects of radio), there are groups focused on photography and film-making..
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, 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
- Jazz Orchestra
- Mixtape Society
- Rock Society
- Show Choir
- String Ensemble
- Symphony Orchestra
For information about our Organ Scholarships, Choral Awards and Instrumental Awards, see Music Awards.
Cambridge is politically diverse and engaged, so it’s a great place for students to debate local, national and international issues or just learn more about them.
There are numerous political clubs and societies, such as CUSU your College students' union, and the Union Society's, where high profile speakers – such as Senator Bernie Sanders, Leomie Anderson, Stephen Fry and Judith Kerr – speak alongside students.
Other politics societies include:
- Model United Nations
- Cambridge Defend Education
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.