As a St George’s student, you automatically qualify for membership of the Students' Union (SU). Almost a whole floor is devoted to the Students’ Union, which exists to represent your interests, look after your welfare and enrich your social life.
The Students’ Union also organises events and allows students to create societies dedicated to sports, cultures or specialisms.
During your first week at St George’s, the SU will play a key role in welcoming you. For information about Freshers’ Week, follow the SU’s Facebook page to stay up to date and avoid missing out on event tickets.
You also get the added benefit of being part of the National Union of Students (NUS) and University of London Union (ULU), which offers support and advice, along with social events you can take part in at its central London headquarters just 30 minutes away.
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A spacious bar hosts regular club and band nights, quizzes and sports and film screenings. We also have a games room, a music room, a café, a dance studio and several counselling and welfare rooms. SU sabbatical officers sit on most St George’s committees, making sure the student voice is heard. Becoming a year or course representative means you can make a real difference to the lives of your fellow students and develop some leadership skills for yourself.
Our hockey, rowing, football, netball, rugby union, cricket, fencing and many other teams are always on the lookout for new members. Whether you are international standard or have never played sport in your life, St George’s offers teams to suit your abilities. The majority of our sports teams play in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and The London Universities Sport Leagues (LUSL) cups. There is also the added competition of the historic inter-medical-school battles in the United Hospitals and National Medical Schools competitions. Run by students for students, our teams and groups strive to provide the best possible choice of social and sporting activities.
If all that sport sounds a bit too strenuous or you would like to balance physical activity with something a bit different, you can join one of our varied societies. The arts are well represented by musical, drama and comedy societies that produce regular shows. Other societies include Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Adventure Sports, Modern Languages, Film and Photography. We also have many highly active and exciting societies for students who are interested in voluntary work within the local and wider community.
St George’s is famed in university circles for its RAG Week exploits. We regularly raise the highest amount of money per head for charitable causes of any university in the UK. The annual target is in excess of £100,000. The RAG Week, which is normally held in February, consists of varied events including traditional favourites such as the Valentine’s Disco and RAG Auction.