Societies are a great way to meet new people and experience new things. With over 190 on offer here, it can be hard to know where to start! Over 8,000 students join a society each year. You can join as many as you like, and from the 15th of September you'll be able to do this online. Whatever your interest, you’ll be able to find the perfect society for you. And if you can’t, you can set up your own.

Societies are part of the Guild, and cover a vast range of activities enabling you to get fully involved with university life. Societies range from Archaeology, Beats and Bass and the Climbing Society, to the Lit Soc, Photosoc, Ski Club and Welsh Societies. You can get involved with the running of any of these and if there’s a club you want that we don’t have, we’ll help you set it up. The full list is available on the Guild website.

The range of clubs and societies is also a cornerstone of the Penryn Campus, with FXU providing practical help and support as well as subsidies for many activities to help reduce the cost of getting involved. Clubs vary from the traditional sports of rugby, football and hockey to the Hip Hop Society, FX-pedition, Eco Soc and the Music Society. There’s an ever-growing list of student clubs and if we don’t currently have the one you want, FXU will help you set your own up once you’re here.  Click here to view the current list.

Student media

We have one of the most advanced student media networks in the country. Based on the Streatham Campus, X-Media includes a student radio station, newspaper, a TV station and a website. All have won several national student media awards, the latest being ‘Best Broadcaster’ for XTV from the National Student TV Awards. Our radio station, Xpression FM, is one of only three student stations in the country to have a year-round FM licence. Involvement in Guild activities has provided the springboard for the careers of several famous Exeter graduates, including Thom Yorke of Radiohead who was a DJ, and Emma B who was on the Guild Executive. Several of the station managers who have been in control at XTV are now working in the TV industry for companies such as the BBC, Carlton and FoxTel in Sydney. Previous members have also used XTV to build portfolios for film school applications and get into television work. To find out more, please visit the X-Media Online website.

At the Penryn Campus, students run a newspaper called Flex and a radio station, Radiowave. Flex has an amazing 130 contributors from across all the programmes at the campus who regularly submit work. It offers the opportunity for students to showcase their talent while gaining valid work experience.


Our extremely successful RAG (raising and giving) involves large numbers of students in imaginative events on and off campus to raise money for local and national charities.  We also have one of the most active Community Action groups in the country which has now been running for 40 years. Student volunteers devote more than 100,000 hours a year to activities that benefit the local community: this is the equivalent of 70 full-time voluntary sector workers. CA coordinates student volunteering in the Exeter area and in Cornwall – you could get involved in any number of projects ranging from running Kids’ Camps, supporting a homeless person and visiting theme parks with teenagers to having tea with a group of hard-of-hearing senior citizens.

Social life

The University is well known for its great social life and the bars are always busy – particularly Friday and Saturday nights in the Lemon Grove in Exeter and the Stannary at the Penryn Campus. At the end of the year, the annual Summer Ball in Exeter attracts big name acts and can’t be missed, while the annual RAG Safer Sex Ball in December is the biggest World Aids Day event outside London and sells out within hours. In Cornwall, the Stannary plays host to the FXU Freshers’ Ball, Snow Ball, and end of year Garden Party, as well as regular events throughout the year.