Clubs Directory

You can search below through NUSA's wide range of affiliated clubs and societies. To join a club, send an e-mail to the club's nominated contact person and they will be able to help you. Where a club's email address is not listed, simply contact us and we'll help put you in touch with them.

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Please note: the following list is the 2016 affiliation list. The 2017 list is coming soon!

Academic or Degree Based

Architecture Lunch Club
The Architecture lunch club is a way for student designers to meet their peers in a friendly and informal way over a social meal. The ALC aims to bring like-minded people together to form a strong design community at the University of Newcastle. All are welcome with events being held in red square or in the ADS on a weekly basis. They cater for both herbivores and carnivores equally.

Architecture Social Club
The UON Architecture Social Club is perfect for anyone who is interested in the built environment and design in general. They hold a variety of events which include raffles, sporting events and social gatherings with students and the wider community.

Arts Collective
This collective aims to be inclusive and supportive of all fine arts and Fine Arts Education students, from 1st year to post grad, as well as other, non-fine art students and who wish to be involved in the arts. The Arts Collective aims to create a stronger arts community, encouraging collaboration between disciplines and providing information relevant to students.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science Society 

BoBSS aims to unite students who are studying biomedical science, encouraging students in second and third year to support students in first year. The Society also run networking events where students can interact with potential employers and host the annual Biomedical Science Ball.

Design Club
Design Club promotes and facilitates student and staff activities in the discipline of Design at the University of Newcastle such as exhibitions, competitions and other social events. You can sign up at any of their events or meetings: It’s $5 for the year and this gets you free or discounted entry to events. Design Club is always concocting new ideas (this is what designers do) for “Licenced Venue Perambulations” and workshops throughout the year.

Natural History Illustration Club
If you love to draw from nature or would like to learn (including drawing people), this is the club for you. Members are from a variety of degree programs but the core group are dedicated Natural History Illustrators who are wanting to learn and share their enthusiasm and knowledge. Regular events held are both social and skill based, with some of Australia's leading practitioners coming to talk or lead workshops at amazing special prices.

Physics Society
The UoN Physics Society is a social club, dedicated to celebrating science (fiction) in all its forms!  Our main activities are science-fiction movie nights, where we offer free pizza and junk food, alongside trashy science fiction. Not limiting their membership to physicists, they encourage students from all fields to come and have a good time!

Physiotherapy Students Society
The PSS organize social events and professional development courses for students studying Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle. Membership costs $5 and provides access to discounted courses and events. Regular social events include pub crawls, trivia nights, and the Physio ball in semester two.

Secondary Education Society
UoN SES is a community of UoN students studying Secondary Education. The Society organises and facilitates social, educational, cultural, and charitable activities and functions such as trivia nights and the annual end of year Secondary Education Ball. They strive to help their peers in various ways: textbook exchange, publicising careers events, with their practical experience from general student advice, and organising name badges and teaching polo shirts. #UoNSecondaryTeachers

Speech Pathology
SPUN – the Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle Student Association – aims to organise social events for Speech Pathology students, although all students are welcome to attend their events. SPUN hold welcome BBQS as well as bake sales in order to fundraise for affiliated organisations.

Surgical Society
UNSS, or SurgSoc, are a group of medical students who aim to facilitate and encourage student growth and development in relation to surgical interest. They foster interaction with other student groups and faculties within the University of Newcastle as well as with other medical faculties around the country and overseas.

Charity and Philanthropy

Vinnies Youth Social Club
Add your voice to the call for social justice and meet other young like-minded philanthropic people in the spirit of the St Vincent de Paul Society. UON Vinnies fundraises for the St. Vincent de Paul Society through activities such as sleepouts and barbecues! Join our club, volunteer and make a difference during your degree!

Wake Up! Global Health Group
Wake Up! is UoN's non-profit Global health group open to all students and staff of the University. They are run by a group of motivated and passionate students who are committed to making their members aware of global health issues and to raising aid for charities all around the globe. They hold a range of events throughout the year ranging from global health careers nights to talent nights to epic parties!!

Students Against Detention 

Students Against Detention is a community of students fighting for the rights of refugees. We raise awareness about abusive treatment of people in offshore detention centres and call for ethical policy from our government and our university. This group is about connecting students at UON with compassion for humanitarian values to make positive change.


La Peña
To promote Latin American social and cultural activities at the University of Newcastle. La Peña will provide a space for people from different cultural backgrounds to learn and share Latin American culture, dance and music. 

Bangladeshi Students' Association
BSANU promote social interaction between different interest groups on campus, including Bangladeshi and other international students. BSANU also aims to create a bond between the Bangladeshi students, both undergraduate and postgraduate from varying degrees, who are currently studying or have previously studied at the University.

Indian Students Association
The Indian Students Association of Newcastle University (ISANU) aims to promote, educate and celebrate the Indian culture through some super fun events! They help out international students with getting around the University, support them in their studies and welcome them to the Uni, helping them get comfortable and to make some awesome friends!

Iranian Student Association
UNISA a club for everyone! UNISA gather together to prepare a warm environment where cultures can be shared. The Association also aims to help all new Iranian students feel welcome, including those who may feel lonely, particularly in their first few days, and tries to help them become familiar with Australia and UON life.

Newcastle Arab Students Society
NASS aims to explore Arab heritage and culture. NASS presents a forum for Arab students and all interested in Arabic culture to meet and discuss issues relevant to the Arab World and Arab communities in Australia. We accomplish this through hosting seminars, Arabic and English language workshops, students’ panels, guest speakers, dinners and social visits.

Student Association of Pakistan
The Student Association of Pakistan aims to promote harmony by organizing various cultural, educational, and social activities and to help their Pakistani brothers and sisters to feel more at home. Membership is open to all interested students and staff of the University of Newcastle with a $1 annual membership fee.

Vietnamese Students of the University of Newcastle
VSUN aims to develop a social and academic community for Vietnamese students who are studying at the University of Newcastle and students who are interested in Vietnamese culture and people. The annual membership fee of the club is $20. Once registered, members benefit from a wide variety of activities throughout the year.

Hong Kong Association 

HKSA aims to provide a social platform for Hong Kong and all other students through regular activities; as well as to take care the needs of all members to adapt to the environment of Newcastle; and to promote Hong Kong culture.

Fun, Social and Special Interest

The Indian Fusion Dance Club

The Indian Fusion dance club unites all types of Indian dance, this includes bollywood, odyssi (contemporary), dandhiya (Stick dance) and classical Indian dance. Our purpose is to combine different forms of Indian dance and to provide a platform for cultural fusion performances.

UON Fishing Club

The University of Newcastle Fishing Club fosters and promotes the sport of fishing for students and staff of the University through club activities such as fishing and boating.

Doctors for the Environment

DEA UoN is a student group as part of the national organisation Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), a network of medical professionals and students actively engaged and advocating for patient health and climate action.

Newcastle University Bicycle Users' Group
NUBUG is a cycling advocacy group, which seeks to promote cycling for fun, camaraderie, sport and transport. They hold fun events such as bike rides, movie nights, and festivals. Get the complete transport story: NUBUG aims to promote safe cycling and promote awareness of related issues of sustainability, convenience, economic welfare, fitness and health, and environmental protection.

Chess Club
The UON Chess Club is the leading organisation at the University of Newcastle for all activities relating to Chess and similar board games. Founded in 2014, the club has continued to grow as a place for both casual and competitive players alike. Based on the premise "Anyone can play Chess", the club offers education and tutelage in Chess, as well as varying levels of competition.

Environment Club – NUSEC
NUSEC is a group for those passionate about the environment and looking to get involved with clean-ups, campaigning, and conservation projects. The Club helps out cleaning up our rivers and beaches, assisting with bush regeneration in some of the state's most beautiful nature reserves, and spreading the word about sustainability. Meet like-minded people, get experience and join NUSEC!

Fossil Free UON

Fossil Free UON aims to advocate for more environmentally ethical investment policy from the University of Newcastle. We are campaigning to work with the University to remove their investments from fossil fuels in order to stigmatise the industry that is causing dangerous climate change. We are a community of students aiming to build a movement for our future.

Healthy Living Society
UoN Healthy Living is a society that strives to better the holistic health of all members to the greatest extent possible, in ways like healthy eating, sports, social activities, recreational activities, and anything else they can think of! All students welcome! UHL strives to have things like yoga, gym sessions, camping outings, psychology and meditation workshops, "hotpot" days, where we all bring and share food. Jump in and help build a better uni experience for everyone.

Philosophy Society
An interdisciplinary society providing a fun and engaging space to discuss all things philosophical, whether serious or silly. PhilSoc want to hear what you think about philosophical questions like 'What makes something funny?', 'Why be moral?', 'What is the Good Life?' and many more. Whether you're an aspiring scientist, historian, doctor, anthropologist, engineer, mathematician, linguist, economist, or philosopher you are welcome at this society.

University of Newcastle Powerlifting Club
We are a club dedicated to training and competing in the sport of Powerlifting.
We are open to men and women of all ages and ability levels, whether looking to learn the sport, refine their technique, or interested in competition.
Our focus is on promoting safe lifting technique, as well as guiding those interested in competing in local competitions and beyond.

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St Crispin’s (Newcastle University Medieval Society)
St Crispin's is a medieval recreation group based at the University of Newcastle, Australia. They are a group of like-minded individuals who investigate aspects of life as it was in medieval times: fighting, making medieval clothing, armour, chainmail, belts, earthenware and fun things like forts and trebuchets. St Crispin’s also get into calligraphy and illumination, embroidery, brewing, singing, dancing, and leatherwork, amongst other activities.

Vegetarian Club
The Veggie Club aims to provide healthy and ethical lunch choices at the University of Newcastle, as well as provide a supportive environment for students, and to educate staff and students on how they can make positive lifestyle choices and minimise the exploitation and use of animals as commodities. Membership is only a gold coin donation, which can be made at their free lunches near NUSA on Thursdays or at any of their other events.

Dance Collective

A club for those who love dance or want to learn how to dance. Dip your toes into the dance cultures around the world with us! We are constantly organising social gatherings around dance so joining this club is a great way to make friends and get fit too!
Membership is $5 for students and $10 for non students, and we run lots of free dance workshops all year long!


International Youth and Students for Social Equality
The IYSSE aim to develop an international movement out of the working class, students and youth in the fight against war and social inequality, through the intellectual traditions of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Luxemburg and Trotsky. They hold regular discussion on the analysis of the articles on the World Socialist Website, and through this aim to heighten the intellectual discourse and debate on campus. 

Spiritual, Philosophical, and Faith

Atheist & Skeptics Society
UNASS promotes science, critical thinking, and secular values on campus. UNASS provides a friendly environment for like-minded students to talk about issues of particular interest to atheists and scientific skeptics. The society host guest speakers, movie nights, discussion groups and debate events on relevant political, religious, scientific, and philosophical topics.

Bible Study
NUBS are a group of Christians from different backgrounds. They believe Jesus is their Saviour and the most wonderful and enjoyable Person in the universe; they love Him and endeavour to give Him the first place in all things. They highly treasure the Bible as God’s revelation of Himself and His eternal purpose.

Hillsong on Campus
Hillsong on Campus are focused on connecting university students and staff with a positive environment and the Christian message, in both small groups and at large gatherings. They also assist in welcoming international students to Australia and its culture. Their club facilitates social activities and on campus events to create a strong community amongst students.

Islamic Society
UNIS hold various events that create opportunities for non-Muslims to interact with Muslims. Past events have included, interfaith dialogues, Islamic awareness booths, sharing a meal during Ramadan, world-crisis charity events, and many more. UNIS is committed to celebrating diversity. Anyone is welcome to become a member.

Newcastle Christian Students - NCS
Newcastle Christian Students (NCS) is a group for all students who love Jesus or want to find out more about Him. We provide the opportunity for students to investigate and grow in their knowledge of who Jesus is from the Bible with Christians from a range of churches through Bible Talks, Small Groups and conferences.

Christian Ambassador Mission Newcastle -CAMN 

Each year a significant number of oversea students comes to the University of Newcastle to study. These international students are anticipated to experience more variety of issues and problems comparing to the local students. It may include homesick, difficulties arising from language barriers, interpersonal relationship issues, and so on. CAMN [Christian Ambassador Mission Newcastle] is a student social and spiritual club that supports and helps the students in order to let them maintain their emotional and mental well-being through a strong interpersonal network. This will lead them complete their studies successfully and grow their maturity in their life.