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Way back in September, you probably attended the Fresher’s fair where you signed up for a wealth of societies in a spur-of-the-moment burst of new student enthusiasm. Fast forward a few weeks and you may find yourself less than impressed with the ‘Fossil Collector’s Society’ you were so keen to join. Or, maybe you’ve found a new group of friends who all share the same interests as you and are looking for an outlet to house this passion.

If this is the case, why not set up your own society? Not only will you enjoy a full social calendar, it will look great on your CV once you’ve graduated. Here’s how to do it.

Drum Up Interest


Some of the best societies are the ones with the biggest membership. It is important that you drum up enough interest to make your society successful – there isn’t much point starting one if you and your best friend are the only members.

Send emails around the people on your course and encourage them to spread the word to their friends too. Mention that you’re setting up the society on your Facebook and Twitter accounts too. Posting on fresher’s pages and course groups can also be beneficial too.

Look The Part


Once you have set your society up, you’ll need to create an image for yourself that is instantly recognisable to the rest of campus. Why not get some personalised hoodies printed? Companies like Your Design will print your society’s logo, slogan or anything else you fancy onto a high quality hoody that won’t shrink after one wash.

Everyone loves a freebie and when it comes to recruiting new members to your society, they can be a great incentive. Button badges are a great way of doing this – they are cheap to make, promotional and a constant reminder of your society. To get a professional finish, it is worth using a specialist company like Badgemaster. Sweets are always a good idea too – if you’re quick, you can take advantage of all of the reduced Halloween goodies in the supermarkets.

Plan Thoroughly


You need to make sure that people stay engaged with your society to avoid losing members. It is all well and good setting up a society, but if you have no events planned past the first few weeks, your members will quickly lose interest.

You should continually be thinking of new events and things to do with your society. Think outside the box – yeah nights out are good, but having seven of these events in a row can become a bit monotonous.

The most important thing to remember is to make the social calendar clear to the members well in advance. Springing an event on them hours before it’s due to begin will not only lead to low numbers; you will have a gang of angry students on your hands!

If done correctly, setting up a society could be one of the most rewarding things you do throughout your degree.

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