We are a registered charity, completely independent from the University. Led by students, backed by volunteers and staff, we seek to ensure that your time at the University is the best it can possibly be – that it is rewarding, fulfilling and memorable.
All students automatically become members of the Students' Union – a vibrant community of around 13,000 – as soon as they enrol and it's absolutely free! As a member, you are entitled to all of our services and opportunities, including sports, societies, volunteering, advice and representation, our retail outlets and our nightclub.
Whatever your passion or interest, time commitment or background, it couldn't be easier to get involved in an activity at the Students' Union – we have something for everyone. There are more than 35 sports clubs to choose from, ranging from Cheerleading to Rugby League, plus diverse societies including the History Society, Chinese Cultural Society and Disney Society! Even if you can't find the one you're looking for, you can start your own!
We also provide academic representation. Through our four democratically-elected Sabbatical Officers and hundreds of Student Representatives, we offer support when you need your voice to be heard, have queries about your course or just feel a bit homesick. The Students' Union is always here for you.
The new Waterside Campus boasts our grade II-listed venue, the Engine Shed. It offers everything, such as coffees and paninis, space to unwind and a home on campus for our numerous services. We have also invested in a new nightclub in the town centre, The Platform. Spread across three distinct spaces, The Platform offers a multitude of music styles with luxe, comfortable furnishings offset against contemporary fixtures, alongside premium spirits and beverages. With Milk It Mondays and LOCO every Wednesday, in addition to our alternative dance night, Decibel, on a Friday, The Platform really has something for everyone! In the Creative Hub you'll find the Art Shop stocked full of everything you need for your art and design courses.
Over on Avenue Campus, for those in halls on the old Park Campus, we have our UniExpress store, which provides affordable products at your convenience.