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What extracurricular activities can I take part in?

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The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

The Students’ Union

One of the best ways to get out and meet people is through the Students’ Union. They organise a whole host of trips, from paintballing to movie nights, most of which are free or at student-friendly prices. They can help you try things you never thought you would, and make new friends in the process. Membership to the Students' Union is free for all students, so be sure to take advantage of the great offers and events available.

Sports Clubs and Societies

University wouldn’t be a university without Sports and Societies and we have a huge number of them, who would love you to join up. Societies are a brilliant way to meet people with similar interests to you. There are over 50 with everything from cheerleading to debating covered, so there’s almost certainly something to interest you. 

We have over 20 sports teams competing in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) leagues each Wednesday as well as other competitions throughout the year including TeesWear Varsity against Teesside University and Clash of the Minsters against York St John.

Sport not your thing? Or perhaps you have additional interests you wish to take part in. Your Societies is the support structure and membership for all non-sporting societies at the University, including religious, cultural, general interest, international, course-related, charitable awareness, and social support groups. 

Whether you are just looking to connect with others who have similar interests, want to make new friends, or perhaps wish to add your voice to a campaign or charitable group, then get involved, you won’t regret it!


CitySpace is the University’s iconic facility for sports and social activity on City Campus. The venue has a vast array of fantastic services available to students, staff, and members of the public throughout the year. 

The flagship facility includes a six badminton court sports hall, 70-station fitness suite, strength and conditioning room equipped to develop strength and body conditioning, sports massage and injuries clinic, multi-purpose studios, indoor climbing wall, and retail, social, catering, leisure, and exhibition spaces.

There is also a huge range of fitness classes available to suit all ability levels and fitness needs.






Published: 12 June 2024