Follow your passion, share your interest, broaden your horizons or discover something new – it’s all possible at Christ Church, with so many opportunities to get involved beyond your degree both on campus and online.

Whether it’s studying abroad, joining clubs and societies, volunteering or finding part-time work, extracurricular activities are a great way to gain new experiences and skills, meet new people, build your CV and make the most of your time here.

Students’ Union

As a Christ Church student, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union and the Union is keen to support and represent you. Their Union council includes black and minority ethnic, disabled, international, LGBT, transgender, mature, women, postgraduate and placement officers to ensure a diverse student voice is heard and everyone has their say.

Why not think about joining a Students' Union society? Whether it’s arts and crafts, music, dancing, gaming or Harry Potter, there’s bound to be a society just for you. There’s also a range of academic societies linked to your studies, such as nursing, politics or psychology to name a few. But if you can’t find something of interest, the Students’ Union will help you set up your very own society.

The Students' Union is somewhere you can come to meet like-minded students, build a community and have a life outside of your academic career. It is also a place where memories are made with people who truly care about your experience and wellbeing, putting you at the forefront of everything they do.

Becky, Student Union President

The Sports Federation also offers over 40 different sports, ranging from traditional activities such as rugby, football, hockey and netball, right through to American football, snowsports and equestrian. This gives you the chance to continue a sport you're already involved in or try something completely new.

You might even get the chance to represent the University competitively - many of our teams regularly compete in the British Universities and Colleges sports leagues (BUCS) and other competitions including Varsity.

Sustainability

We've won national and international awards for sustainability, including an International Green Gown Award and a First Class Award in the 2019 People and Planet league table, coming 17th out of 154 universities and colleges assessed.

So we’re passionate about sustainability and there are lots of ways you can get involved in supporting the University and the Students’ Union to be a better, more energy-efficient, environmentally-conscious and sustainable place to study.

Whether you join the Eco Student Society or become a member of the Student Green Office, there are plenty of ways to play your part.

Volunteering

Whether you volunteer regularly or just want to get involved in one–off events, giving up your time can make a huge difference – not only to the communities you support, but also to you and your own wellbeing.

Whatever your interest, location or time commitment, there’s a volunteering opportunity to suit you, from supporting the local homeless charity to becoming a peer mentor, from raising funds for the local hospice to getting out and about with a wildlife charity. The volunteering team can help you find the volunteering opportunity you’re looking for by emailing  volunteer@canterbury.ac.uk.

Postgraduate students

As a postgraduate student, you’ll join our diverse, dynamic and cohesive teaching and research community known as the Graduate College. You can also connect with other postgraduates, share your learning and exchange views through the Postgraduate Research Association.

Sports

Christ Church Sport offers all students an extensive range of sport and fitness opportunities at affordable prices. Whether it’s starting a fitness class, going to the gym or trying a new activity, there’s something for everyone both in person and online.