The RVC’s Students’ Union (SU) offers a range of social activities to take you away from your books.
The SU is there to represent your interests, to raise awareness of issues that will affect you, to raise money for charities by hosting events and, most of all, to help you have fun.
Both campuses have their own Union-run bars: The Buttery, our small but mighty bar at the Hawkshead Campus, has been around since 1960 (although it has been recently refurbished!) and is infamous throughout the UK veterinary community. The Haxby, meanwhile, is one of the more recent, and welcome, additions to the Camden Campus.
The SU organises scores of social events every year including RAG Week, several balls and, of course, the legendary Freshers’ Week. It also offers a huge array of sports clubs and societies that everyone’s welcome to join, and plenty of other events and distractions to get involved with along the way. See su.rvc.ac.uk/ for more information about clubs and sports, welfare, social events and the other services on offer.
The SU will also help you keep in touch beyond your time with us, through its work with RVC4life.
University of London's Student Union
As an RVC student, you are also entitled to free membership of the University of London Union (ULU)
This is great for culture, sports and socialising as it makes you part of a bigger student family scattered throughout London, with a wide range of student services, including a fantastic gym and several bars. The ULU building is a 20-minute walk from the RVC Camden Campus.
Postgraduate Student Society
The Postgraduate Students’ Society (PGSS) liaises with academic and administrative staff and with the Student's Union.
It represents the interests of all postgraduate students and, via the University of London Union (ULU), brings together postgraduates from across London.
RVC PGSS committee members represent students at meetings and sit on the Student's Union Council, which means postgraduate views are heard across the College. A wide variety of social events are organised throughout the year.
"I have made lots of friends on my course. Most people end up being friends with the people they live with in Freshers', or people in the sports team they are in. You continue to make friends throughout the course especially during rotations where many of us are put with people we have never met. Working with them is a great way to make friends as you help each other through the stress of rotations."
--Jessica La Brooy, BVetMed