. During Freshers’ week there will be a University-wide Societies fair at in central Cambridge, and we will have groups walking over to show you the way. Here, most of the university-wide clubs and societies will be present to encourage you to sign up; you can browse the most up-to-date list of official societies here. Many Societies and Groups are related to subject areas, but many involve sports, leisure activities, religions and beliefs, but also include more esoteric interests such as chocolate, bell-ringing, craft beer and beards.
In addition to those college-wide societies, there are also a number of more local College-based societies set up each year. Some run yearly and others are set up each year. Students are also invited to set up and incorporate their own societies, which can be sometimes receive support from College with things like drinks, advertising and rooms for hosting events. More information on this year’s list of Societies is to follow in due course.
Alongside the numerous societies on offer, if you are interested in playing sport our graduates can join many of the sports teams, both at Pembroke and at the University level. Cambridge hosts over 100 sports teams (www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/directory/categories/sport/) not including specific college teams. Pembroke sports tend to be mixed, with undergrads and grads playing in the same team, which provides an excellent opportunity for you to meet others in the College that you would not otherwise have the chance to meet through your course or the GP. There is a sport for people of all skills and if you’ve never tried a sport, you are made very welcome to try it as a beginner! Depending on the amount of time you wish to set aside, you can find a sport and level that suits.If you are very enthusiastic and think you have what it takes to take it all up a notch, you can always trial and join one of the University sports teams to be a University Blue (a Blue is anyone who does a sport at the University level). The GP also hosts regular sporting events and outings, as well as arranging group sports viewings in the Parlour itself.