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Clubs and Societies

There's more to university than just studying!

Joining a club or society at Queen's is the perfect opportunity to meet new people, keep up your interest in a passion or, even better, to find a brand new one you never knew you had!

With over 200 clubs, all of them student-led, there's something for everyone. See the full A-Z list of clubs.

Student blog: Get Involved with Clubs and Societies at Queen’s
Student blog: A Guide to Clubs and Societies at Queen’s!


The largest group of clubs at Queen's is sports; and no wonder with our state-of-the-art fitness facilities offering the perfect place to practice all sports imaginable, from Tennis to Taekwondo.

If you're worried its all about football and rugby then fear not; Queen's has an incredibly diverse list of sports clubs available to join. In fact we have 10 combat sport clubs alone, including Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Aikido, Wado Ryu(it's a form of karate!) and good old fashioned boxing.

If team sports are more your thing then you're in luck. Queen's has teams in soccer, rugby, basketball and hockey for both men and women. On top of that there are clubs for all gaelic sports, including Gaelic Football (Men and Ladies'), Hurling, Camogie and Handball.

Whether its in or on the water we boast a great selection in all water sports, including sailing, surfing, the boat club and for the more adventurous, underwater hockey!

Student blog: Spotlight on Queen’s Mountaineering Club

PHOTO: Zach Scott
Our annual ski trip is often quoted by members as “the best holiday of my life”. If you’re a keen skier, it’s a chance to develop a new skill, see a beautiful part of the world, and get to know students from across Queen’s. For me, being on the club committee has shaped my experience at Queen’s; I have seen how the club can help someone to develop as a student and grow as a person. Zach Scott
Snowsports Club Captain

I found the Camogie team at Queen's very inclusive and welcoming. No matter where you are; Belfast, Cork or Abu Dhabi,  playing always brings that homely feeling which is greatly appreciated when starting off in a new place like university. - Cornelia Hawkes, Medicine, Ireland

Arts, Culture and language

Learn a new language and more about a foreign culture or simply meet up with students from the same part of the world as you

Create a masterpiece with a brush (Art club) or a camera (Photography club).
If languages and culture are more your thing why not join An Cumann Gaelach or the French club.

You could even have a go at Chinese Lion Dance.

Student blog: Rubber Duck Appreciation Society (RDAS)

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Media and Gaming

Enjoy all things gaming with the Dragon Slayers club.

Dreaming of making your mark in the world of Film or music? Perhaps you've always wanted to host your own radio show.

With clubs ranging from Electronic Music to Choral and Singing Society there's something to cater for all tastes.

Student blog: The Growing Esports Scene in Northern Ireland

Computing society event
Academic and Career enhancement clubs

Many courses have related clubs but they do much more than discuss what happened in your latest lecture - including organising social events and fundraisers.

Academic Clubs include: Architecture, History and Law and over 30 more.

Whether you're interested in Chemistry or Computing there's an academic club for you.

Academic clubs are a great way to meet like minded people and enjoy your academic interests in a relaxed and social environment.

Student blog: Get Involved with the Queen's Computing Society!

Student blog: Spotlight on Queen’s University Architecture Society

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Academic and Career enhancement clubs

Academic clubs can also help enhance your studies and your career opportunities in the process.

Accountancy Club has links with Belfast's top firms and offers opportunities to talk to graduates and senior members of staff.

The Teddy Bear Hospital works closely with schools and youth clubs to promote a healthy lifestyle to kids.

The Economics Society can take you to events from Kilkenomics (the economics and comedy festival in Kilkenny) to The Trinity Economics Forum in Dublin (Ireland’s first and largest student run economics forum).

Student blog: A Guide to Medical Student Societies at Queen’s

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Clubs and societies
Enhance your employability with the Future-Ready Award at Queen's

Being part of a club is more than just a great way to make new friends; its an opportunity to improve your skillset and and can be a useful addition to your CV. If you get involved in running a club you can get credit towards a Queen’s University Future-Ready Award.

More about the Future-Ready Award
PHOTO: Peter Reid
Queen’s Christian Union is one of the most active and exciting clubs in all of Queen’s. With around seven different events going on in any given week there truly is something for everyone at QUBCU! I have met many brilliant friends and been able to serve the wider community through our outreach events. I would encourage anyone who has any religious interest or is just seeking some friendship to come along to any of our events. You won’t regret it! Peter Reid
QUBCU President
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Politics, debate and discussion clubs

Discuss what matters most to you with like-minded individuals at Queen's or argue your point with the Libertarian debate club.

If your passion is politics then you can join one of many political clubs or societies at Queen's or even get involved with a number of political parties. A full list is available on the SU website.

There's also the Literific Society which hosts weekly debates with the aim of promoting the skills of debating and public speaking throughout the University and beyond.

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Charity work and environmental clubs

Help raise money and awareness for a number of great causes by volunteering for one of our charitable and environmental clubs. Clubs include:


Or volunteer to help kids to code with Code club, campaign with Student Action for Refugees, or help end domestic violence with Citizens Aid.

Student blog: My Experience with Enactus at Queen’s

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International Students
Feel at home

We've over 215 student clubs, including our international societies, which are a great way to meet friends and get a break from studying.

As well as our International Students Society, we also have individual societies including; African and Caribbean Society, Chinese Students Association, Indonesian Society, Islamic Society, Malaysian Students Society Northern Ireland, South Asian Students Society and many more!

See all International Student Societies