University College London Union

Join a club or society

Club and Society memberships are not available for sale during the summer. Please contact the CSC for more information.

How do I join a club or society?

The Clubs and Societies Centre, found on the 2nd floor of the Bloomsbury Building, sells memberships throughout ‘Joining Fortnight’. However, it’s often quicker and easier to buy your membership online  The CSC reception will continue to sell memberships throughout the year. ‘Look, Try, Join’ - which encompasses Freshers’ Week and the subsequent four weeks – is the process by which you can find out about the clubs and societies you’re interested in (Look), take part in taster events and trials (Try), and then pay your fees to become a member (Join).

If you are under 18 years of age please visit CSC reception to purchase your membership as you will not be able to purchase it online. Please ensure you have a parental permission form filled in before you visit us.

If you are not a UCL Student and meet our eligibility criteria (see application form), you can join a club or society by becoming a member of UCL Union.  To do this you will need to complete an Associate/Visiting Membership form and hand it in at the Clubs and Societies Centre.  There are two types of membership fee; £25 for an academic year or £15 for a three month membership.

Where does the money I pay for membership go?

It goes directly to the Club or Society that you join and contributes towards your chosen club/society’s activities. The amount you pay is set by the club/society treasurer each year and varies depending on the levels of activity they provide.

What should I expect as a member?

Every club and society is different but as a minimum each must provide its members with at least two events, such as sports fixtures, meetings, parties or lectures, per term. Most provide much more than this. Always find out from a club or society what they offer their members before you pay.

Once I’ve joined, what should I do next?

  • The club or society should contact you via email. If they don’t, get in touch with them via Facebook, email or attend a meeting. CSC Reception can provide contact details for the club or society.
  • Get involved in the club/society, turn up to their events and make sure you are getting your money’s worth
  • Hold the committee to account, make sure they are running your club or society in a clear and transparent way and are keeping you informed about what’s going on
  • Ask for reports and feedback on the finances – it’s your money, find out how it’s being spent.

What if I’m unhappy?

If the clubs and/or societies you join don’t deliver what you believe you were promised at the Welcome Fair, you are entitled to a refund.

  1. Try to resolve the issue with the club/society President
  2. Go to CSC reception and ask for a refund form
  3. Complete the form and return it to CSC reception
  4. Once authorised you will be given the full refund

If you wish to make a complaint about how you have been treated by a member of a club or society or about the activities a club or society is undertaking, please fill in a Complaint Form – available from all Union outlets.