These are the most middle-class societies you can join at UK universities right now

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When you think of the middle-class college lifestyle, the most common things that come to mind are shopping at Waitrose, not having a maintenance loan, wearing ‘a signet ring or maybe even the lucky few who simply can not make the obligatory Sunday house roast because they are going to their country house for the weekend.

Meanwhile, thinking about corporations usually brings you back to that awful freshman fair you only went to for the free pens and Domino’s vouchers. You might have thought you were in some fancy college once you found out you had a fencing company and/or an investment company (seriously, I’m looking at you Brookes).

But have you ever wondered what are the hottest companies you can join in college? If you want to find yourself a classy boy or girl to take you to their Fulham pad for the weekend, joining these 15 companies might be a good place to start.

wine society

Fortunately, this society is actually quite standardized; most universities in the UK offer some sort of Wine Soc, including Sheffield and Edinburgh, to name a few. Cambridge, however, has taken this to a new level, offering ‘blind wine tasting’, presumably to make sure you’re not picking the best wines based on the beauty of their label like the rest of between us.

Champagne company

Founded in 2011, Durham University‘s Champagne Society was created “to blend the culture of quality Champagne tasting from prestigious Champagne houses with events” and its summer ball has even been reviewed by the Tatler magazine in 2016. As you’ve probably guessed, almost all of the events are black tie, and often held in the National Trust’s elegant country house, Hardwick Hall. The company also claims to only taste Taittinger, Laurent-Perrier and Lanson International – none of Tesco’s best in sight.

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Land Rover Company

Offered by Oxford Brookes, it’s unclear whether you actually need to own a Land Rover to gain membership, or whether showing up head-to-toe in tweed will suffice. Either way, it’s probably safest to bring a black Labrador with you, just in case.

Caledonian Society

Like Wine Soc, this one is actually pretty standard at most UK universities; places like Bristol, Exeter and York all offer this type of Scottish dancing. Also known as “reeling”, societies often hold rehearsals once a week for new students to try out, learn the dances, and it often ends each term with fabulous black tie balls, and of course , a Burns Night celebration or two.

Real estate company

Offered in both Durham and Exeter (surprise, surprise), the company aims to connect students interested in real estate with industry professionals – read: lots of networking. Luckily, membership is open to everyone, not just those with multiple homes.

shooting society

Surprisingly, this is actually quite a common company in UK universities including Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Although this is probably due to the fact that it is not hunting as such, but clay pigeon shooting where you shoot discs of clay which are thrown into the air across a field , or at least I think it is. Items that are not allowed to be photographed include: your roommates’ week-old dishes, moldy leftovers, seagulls, your rental agreement, and unfairly graded essays.

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Evening or High Society

This society is a special University of St Andrews, for those who are “captivated by the old traditions of afternoon tea, balls and classic literature”. Its social activities and events include a “desant tea” and a ball. It also has a “Linen and Lace” sub-committee for those interested in 17th century needlework and embroidery. Basically, Bridgerton on steroids, or at least poorly recreated in an old college building.

Socratic Society

If Oxford wanted to remind us of its superiority, look no further than this company. While the name conjures up images of critical thinking and philosophical discussions, this Oxford University society is often nicknamed “think and drink” – or as we all call it: happy hour.

fishing company

Although newly offered at the University of Exeter, it is the Durham Fishing Society, or to use its full name The William Greenwell Fly Fishing Society, that takes the candle crown here. Really, the rah speaks for itself on this one, thigh high boots and all.

Hummus Company

Possibly my all-time favourite: offered in St Andrews, Edinburgh, LSE, Warwick and York among many others, this company brings together like-minded, snack-loving people. Events include tapas afternoons and picnics, as well as more casual “snack sessions.” Can I join a university society if I am not at that university?

whiskey society

If the champagne wasn’t enough for you, Durham also offers a whiskey tasting company, putting our Lambrini to shame. We’re not sure if you have to actually like whiskey to sign up, but given that it’s made up of students, not 80-year-old men, we’re pretty sure you don’t have to like it. , just be able to get rid of it.

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watch company

For those of you who don’t know, horology is the study of the measurement of time – or more specifically watches. Durham offers watch enthusiasts the chance to chat with experts and collectors and compare developments in watchmaking, “whether you wear a Patek Phillipe or a Casio” – how heartwarming.

Society for the Prosecutions of Gentleman

Unique to Keele University, this society is said to be “based on mutual interest in sharing fine spirits and good quality music alongside educated discussion”. It claims to cater to all students, welcoming a “plethora of interests, from classic cinema to distillery tours”.

Caer County Caledonian Society

In case the name doesn’t reveal it, St Andrews University is the headquarters of this spectacularly named society. It specializes in medieval re-enactments, parties and old-fashioned entertainment. Think Hampton Court Palace and your mother dragging you to a Tudor re-enactment day for “educational enrichment”.

Secret societies

We have all heard the rumors of clubs and secret societies at various universities, and the Piers Gaveston Society is one of them. Claiming to be a ‘dining club’ founded in 1977, it’s armed with its own crest and Latin motto which roughly translates to ‘truly, no one remembers hearing of one man liking another so much’. . Membership is limited to just ten students, grouped into (believe it or not) “masters” and “minions”.

Piers Gaveston isn’t the only secret club around, the Bullingdon is perhaps England’s most infamous secret society: a private men-only food (and drink) club. It is known for its wealthy members, grand banquets, and questionable behavior. As you can imagine, the members are exclusively alumni of established private schools, with previous members including David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

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