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University is about exploring new experiences

At Cambridge, you can do almost anything at almost any level, from ‘having a go’ to semi-professional. Your extra-curricular activities might provide a springboard for a future career or life-long passion.

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Wolfson Societies

Participating in a society can be a very valuable way of getting to know your fellow students and play a role in the College community. It can help to relieve stress and provide an outlet to balance your academic life. If you can't find a society to suit your interest, consider starting one yourself!

Wolfson itself has many thriving societies, academic, entertaining or sporty, from our successful and competitive Boat Club to our fascinating Science Society and more. Some societies are managed by members of the College, others by our Student Association, WCSA. At the beginning of Michaelmas Term, a Freshers' Fair takes place in the Lee Hall so new students can explore all the options open to them. You'll find links to our societies further down this page.

University Societies


In addition to the Wolfson College Music Society and the Choir, there are other musical societies and student bands from Baroque to brass. Many Colleges run open mic nights and numerous bands, choirs and orchestras regularly record and tour nationally and internationally.

The Faculty of Music also offers masterclasses and workshops, and has an extensive collection of instruments which can be used by students (some instruments may be available to hire).

For information about our Organ Scholarships, Choral Awards and Instrumental Awards, see Music Awards.


Cambridge is renowned for its student-produced productions, from the ensemble comedy of the Cambridge Footlights to Shakespeare, musicals, improv and original productions.

Auditions are often open to all and there are also opportunities to have a go at directing, producing, set design, lighting, sound, stage management, costume, make-up and front of house, even if you have never done it before.

There are excellent arts facilities around Cambridge. In addition to the University’s ADC Theatre, some Colleges have their own purpose-built venues and several major productions take place in the city’s Corn Exchange and Arts Theatre.

Other drama societies include:

  • Marlowe Society
  • Cambridge Impronauts
  • Musical Theatre Society


Wolfson has had quite a few contributors to the two student newspapers (Varsity and The Cambridge Student). As well as CU-TV and the University’s award-winning radio station, Cam FM, (presented by University members and offering training in many aspects of radio), there are groups focused on photography and film-making.

Other media societies include:

Current affairs

Cambridge students are politically diverse and aware, so it’s a great place to debate local, national and international issues or just learn more about them.

There are political clubs and societies, such as CUSU, your students' union.

You can become a member of the Union Society, where high profile speakers and debates take place year round, from politicians to poets.

Other political societies include:


What's on

Skills for Academic Success: Style & Language in Writing

15/11/2018 at 18.00
A macbook, cup of coffee, glasses on a table

The workshop will focus on extending your practical writing skills by covering aspects of style, grammar, language use and presentation which you may feel uncertain about. By focusing on writing and study skills, the quality of your writing will improve and you will achieve fuller clarity, control, command and subtlety. The aim is pursuit of excellence. The session will have an open, non-restrictive and encouraging atmosphere. It is designed for all Wolfson students and is likely to be special value to students whose first language is not English.

Science Society Seminar: Future developments in healthcare – does cancer lead the way?

16/11/2018 at 17.45
Professor Sir Borysiewicz

Over 50 years of cancer research, a huge body of information has been accumulated in terms of basic mechanisms underlying malignancy, disease stratification linked to individual outcomes and an expanding set of therapeutic opportunities have developed. This has to be coupled with the advent of genomics and molecular definitions which could lead to intelligent drug design and better application.

Skills for Academic Success: Speed Reading

17/11/2018 at 10.30
Person sitting cross legged with a book

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of reading you have to do? Take this practical workshop to learn how to deal with huge amounts of information quickly and effectively. The hands-on session will explore the idea of speed reading - a technique that’s not just about reading fast, but also includes methods to reduce the number of resources that you need to read in detail.  Please note that it is taking place on a Saturday morning.

Lunchtime Concert Series: Student Soloists

17/11/2018 at 13.30
Student concert

Student Soloists from the Wolfson College Music Society

Andrei Smid voice

Alexander Busch voice

Tom Unwin voice

Andrea Kocsis voice