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Black student life in Leeds: Societies

By LucyMcDonald 09 Oct 2023

Meeting lots of new people is one of the best things about coming to University, but one of the biggest worries students have about moving to University is that you won't find people you can connect with.

Joining societies is a great way to branch out and meet others with similar interests and hobbies, and from similar backgrounds and communities. Here are some societies at the University of Leeds and beyond that celebrate different cultures, and encourage their members to express themselves and succeed! 

African Caribbean Society (ACS), Leeds University Union

"The University of Leeds African-Caribbean Society (ACS) is a society bounded by the celebration and education of African and Caribbean culture; a home away from home and a pathway to cultural enlightenment.

We aim to showcase the beauty of African and Caribbean culture at the university and within the wider community in Leeds.

Our mission is to cultivate an environment of talented individuals who can be provided with a platform to confidently express themselves and inspire one another. We aim to host a range of social and academic events in order to encourage an aspiration for excellence whilst strengthening our sense of community."

Find out more and join here.





Black Feminist Society, Leeds University Union

"The focus of our society is black feminism, black women and black non-binary people.

We operate with values of openness, respect and inclusion and we particularly welcome other women of colour and non-binary people of colour.

Our aim is to create a welcoming, supportive space for our members. Our events range from meetings where we discuss topics that affect black women and black non-binary people to socials where we celebrate ourselves, our culture and our community.

We operate as a safe space for people of colour. Homophobic, misogynistic, racist, Islamophobic, transphobic and ableist remarks and cultural stereotyping will not be tolerated."

Find out more and join here. 



Nigerian Society, Leeds University Union

"We are the Nigerian Student Society Leeds. We are a tight-knit group that serves as your home away from home. Make sure to get our membership card to gain entry to exclusive parties and discounts at African supermarkets and restaurants.

Get ready for a fun-filled semester. We have something for everyone - from club events to barbecues to games nights and also sports events. We are keeping it old school with different themed parties such as the Fresher’s/Independence Nollywood themed party."

Find out more and join here. 



East African Society, Leeds University Union



"We are a community of East Africans, and for anyone with an interest in the region & its people. We are committed to the advancement of East Africa and doing what we can to promote the development of our communities in the UK and in East Africa."

Find out more and join here. 



Big Open Party, Leeds University Union

"We are a vibrant cultural collective of students at the University of Leeds who are from the UK and around the world. We aim to highlight the musical, artistic, and culinary skills of Leeds' people of colour and culture! Our party is all about promoting and strengthening cultural diversity.

In addition, we provide a safe judgemental-free space for POC (People Of Colour). All are welcome to learn, connect, celebrate different cultures and make new friends - the more the merrier! "

Find out more and join here. 





Jamaica Society Leeds

"The Jamaica Society Leeds is one of the UK’s most revered Jamaican community organisations. Founded by six first-generation Jamaicans in 1977, we fly the flag for Jamaica, the land we love, and Leeds, the city we love and champion the preservation and heritage of Jamaican culture."

Based at: 277 Chapeltown Road, LS7 3HA

Email hello@jamaicasocietyleeds.co.uk to find out more and get involved.

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