Clubs, societies and sport

Joining the University of Sheffield is only the beginning of something very exciting. You'll become part of a much bigger, supportive, fun and vibrant community of like-minded people.


Over 350 clubs and societies 

We have over 350 clubs and societies to get involved with at our Students' Union

No 1 Students' Union

Student Crowd University Awards 2022, 2021
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Clubs and societies

A video showcasing student societies

There are over 350 societies and sports clubs to get involved with. You could help to write the student newspaper or climb a mountain. If there isn’t a club or society for you, then you can start your own.

You don't have to stick to one thing. If you think your Singers society should get together with the Beekeeping society, go for it, see what happens. If you don't have the time to go to anything regularly, our Give It a Go scheme lets you sample different clubs and activities on a pay and play basis.

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Student volunteering

Our award-winning Sheffield Volunteering scheme offers you the chance to work with schools and charities. You can develop all sorts of skills – coaching, project management, leadership – in your spare time. It's a great way to get involved with the wider Sheffield community. 

Thank you to our student volunteers

Each year, thousands of students from the University dedicate their time to help local organisations.


Sport can be anything you want it to be. Training to be a world-class athlete. Competing for fun. Or meeting friends and trying out something new.

We've got all the facilities to keep you motivated, including six synthetic pitches, a multi-purpose sports hall, three fitness studios, three squash courts and a well equipped multi-storey gym. If you love the outdoors, the Peak District is right on your doorstep.

The University of Sheffield sport officer in the students' union

The Black and Gold community - the University's sports community - is one of the best parts of the student experience at Sheffield. The camaraderie instilled amongst club members and the community is second to none and one sports club's success is everyone's success. Not only that, the benefits aren’t just physical, there are so many positives from making lifelong friends to fuelling your competitive side. Get involved if you want to take part in a sport you love or try a new hobby - you won’t regret it!

Iwan James

Wellbeing & Sports Officer 2022-23


Find out what makes you tick

You don't have to be a sports enthusiast. You might discover a hidden talent for Ultimate Frisbee. Or join a walking club and fall in love with the Peak District. Whatever your ability or experience, you're sure to find something that you love.

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Gym and fitness

Goodwin Sports Centre is our flagship facility. We have a state-of-the-art gym, three fitness studios and a strength and conditioning suite to support a range of activities.

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Compete in Sheffield Varsity

Every year our students compete in Sheffield Varsity. We're proud to be the holders of the 2023 Varsity trophy.

Student wearing Varsity scarf

I was amazed by how emotional I was - waving, shouting and feeling both joy and frustration, with hundreds of people sharing the same faith in our team.

Tansy Liu


Join a sporting league

We run one of the biggest Campus Leagues in the country – with entries from around 400 teams.

Sign up as part of a University club or just get together with some friends and enter your own team.

Performance sport

You could represent the University in national competitions. Or you could represent the University of Sheffield against other universities by getting involved in our BUCS teams and taking on fellow students each week.

If you're an athlete competing at national or international level, our Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS) will help you make the most of your talent.

Here alumna Bryony Page, who won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, talks about her Olympic experience and her time at Sheffield, including the support she received from University of Sheffield Sport and Physical Activity (previously known as Sport Sheffield).

No barriers to getting involved

If you have any questions about getting involved in sport at The University of Sheffield, please get in touch our team are more than happy to answer your questions

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.