It's not all work and no play at Imperial! Whether you want to master a new skill, take up a new sport or embrace a new challenge, we'll encourage you to make the most of all we've got to offer, so don't be afraid to take the plunge and discover the world of opportunities waiting for you beyond the classroom.

Societies and clubs at Imperial explained

Student societies

With over 350 clubs and societies covering all kinds of sports, arts, culture, departmental and charitable activities, Imperial is home to one of the largest student activities programmes in the UK.

Getting involved is a great way of meeting new people, learning a new skill, or simply having fun!

Imperial College Union

Our students are the creators of life on campusImperial College Union is there to help it happen.

As well as overseeing and funding our 350+ student clubs, societies and projects, the Union provides representation, support and space in its dedicated building on campus. The Union building includes two bars, a nightclub, new media facilities, and a student-run cinema.

Every penny raised in Union outlets is reinvested into their services for the benefit of the entire student body.


Students playing violinMusicians at Imperial will find their talents are well catered for. Just some of the opportunities offered here include:

  • four orchestras, six choirs, a wind band, a jazz big band and a musical theatre society that you can join, as well as many smaller ensembles
  • free lunchtime professional concert series, attracting such world class performers as the Belcea, Maggini and Tippett Quartets; pianists Noriko Ogawa and Charles Owen; and period instrument ensemble, Florilegium
  • music bursaries for current students worth £400 per year towards instrumental or vocal lessons
  • 10 music practice rooms in the Blyth Centre at our South Kensington Campus, which you can book free of charge. If you're a pianist, a violinist or a singer, there are also a number of teachers within the Centre who give lessons


There is an art gallery on campus which hosts regular exhibitions from College societies and clubs, staff and visiting professional artists. We also have an art studio which can be used to make your own artwork, as well as for workshops and exhibitions.

If you’re interested in developing as an artist the gallery hosts a free programme of practical fine art workshops taught by a variety of professional artists. Each session – suitable for all abilities – is taught to a small group making it easy for you to get one-to-one advice from the tutor.


Musical Theatre SocietyLondon is world famous for its theatre. Musicals are a mainstay of the city's theatreland, but its dramas and comedies have recently attracted such famous names as Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley and Judi Dench.

Back on campus, our students are keen to uphold the city’s dramatic tradition, with Imperial College Dramatic Society (DramSoc) staging a major production in each of the autumn and spring terms, and the Musical Theatre Society singing and dancing its way through an annual musical performed in the Union's Concert Hall.


The aim of sport at Imperial is to be as inclusive as possible. That’s why we offer free access* to gym and swimming facilities in our flagship sports centre Ethos, right in the heart of our South Kensington Campus, and plenty of encouragement to help you stay active all year round. The facilities at Ethos – including a 9-metre climbing wall – are of such a high standard that it regularly plays host to professional sports teams. Year-round fitness classes and regular sports events are just some of the options available to keep you motivated.

We also have a wide range of sports clubs available, spanning both modern and traditional sports as well as over 10 different martial arts, and welcoming people of all levels. 

* A one-off fitness orientation fee applies (£40 in 2017–18) before you can use our high-spec gym equipment.