We have one of the biggest (and arguably one of the best) Students' Unions in the country. Run by students, for students, your Students’ Union (SU) will help you to enjoy your time at Warwick and ensure that your views are heard.
Having an SU means that societies and sports teams can operate, students can campaign for issues that affect them (tuition fees, accommodation conditions for example) and generally ensure that each student gets the most out of their time at university. Read more.
Thomas Wilson, Engineering student blogger
The SU runs a packed programme of events, including student-run gigs, karaoke, open mic nights and pub quizzes. If you’re in the mood for a big night out, SU nightclub The Copper Rooms and the Terrace Bar host regular club nights. You can enjoy retro classics at Pop! and School Dayz and the latest in house music at Mixology. Get Funked brings you the best soul, funk and urban beats, and Crash delivers a thumping mix of rock, metal, punk and ska.
For something more relaxed, you might meet friends for a drink or some live acoustic music at The Dirty Duck pub or you could chill at the late-afternoon Coffee House Sessions, held at our vintage tea shop Curiositea. These feature some of the most exciting up-and-coming acoustic talent from around the country, chosen by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
Our new Benefactors Place provides an outdoor hub for events that reflect the diversity of our student community, such as cultural celebrations, artistic displays and performances. It’s also home to our Big Screen, which shows films, theatrical performances and major sporting events throughout the year.
The Copper Rooms
Following an £11 million redevelopment project, Warwick SU now has one of the best nightclub venues in the region. As well as weekly club nights, there’s live music from A-list acts and comedy nights featuring some of the UK’s best stand-ups. There’s also the showstopping Summer Party that attracts fantastic headline acts each year.
Clubs and societies
Warwick SU supports more than 230 societies nearly 70 sports clubs, covering all kinds of interests from campaigning and volunteering to music, drama and dance. Joining a society gives you a chance to take a break from your studies, meet like-minded people and get more out of student life.
Stay in the loop
To find out what’s happening at the Students’ Union, tune into our award-winning campus radio station, RaW, or check out our weekly student newspaper, The Boar. We’ve also got our own TV station – and the SU website has event listings, along with details of all the societies and sports clubs you can join.
The SU also plays an important role in supporting you during your time at Warwick. As well as running its own advice centre, it has strong links with central University wellbeing support services and can signpost you towards sources of advice on different issues.
Have your say
You may choose to get involved in the direct running of your Union or simply want to have your say by voting in elections or attending All Student Meetings. The SU also operates our Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) system, which allows elected reps to discuss academic issues directly with departmental administrators. This has a direct impact on your education.
If you’re passionate about making a difference on a wider scale, the SU runs and supports campaigning on issues such as the environment, human rights and animal welfare. In recent years, students have been involved with national and international campaigns including Love Community, International Women’s Week and Black History Month.
An integral part of your experience at university (especially in the bubble that is Warwick) is your student’s union. The SU raises millions every year and is the home of Pop, the dirty duck and other places you’ll drink. But more importantly the SU spends a lot of money on our behalf for societies etc while lobbying for things that you want. A recent example that the SU has adopted is for more work spaces during exam periods. Read more.
Mark Hurdley, Statistics student blogger