As a student at Queen Mary you're automatically a member of the Students’ Union - QMSU. Your membership to the Union is free and it brings with it lots of opportunities for you to get the most out of your time at Queen Mary.
Blomeley Centre – Information Point
The Information Point is the first port of call for students and visitors. This is where you can find information about local and campus events, arrange to meet your Sabbatical Officers or members of staff, make appointments for advice and find out about volunteering opportunities. The Blomeley Centre is located on the ground floor of Feilden House, Mile End campus.
Clubs, societies and the community
The Students’ Union has over 190 different clubs and societies, so whether you are interested in football, politics, martial arts or theatre, you should be able to find something to suit your interests. You can also develop your skills through student community action projects or volunteering opportunities run through an accredited volunteering programme called PROVIDE. You will make friends for life (and it will look great on your CV!).
QMotion and other sports facilities
The Union’s brand new state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Centre, QMotion, is fitted with a cardiovascular zone, dedicated stretching areas, free weights area, three studios, a ladies-only gym, a squash court and sports hall. The centre is staffed by fully qualified instructors. As well as the sports facilities on campus, you can also use the football, rugby and cricket pitches in Chislehurst, while the Hockey and Netball clubs use the facilities at the local Mile End Stadium. The College’s boat club trains at the London Regatta Centre. All team sports compete in both the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and the University of London leagues.
A packed social calendar keeps students on their toes with regular nights and seasonal one-off events. As part of the redevelopment of the Union facilities, the Drapers' Bar had a £650,000 refurbishment making it one of the best student entertainment venues in the country. Medical and dental students can also make use of entertainment facilities at Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square.
The Union put on loads of social activities. During Freshers' week they hire out clubs like Turnmills and Fabric, so you get to see what those places are like. It's great.
Jen Holton, Drama student
University of London Union (ULU)
As a Queen Mary student, you will also be able to make use of all the facilities on offer at ULU, which is the largest organised Students’ Union in Europe. Representing over 120,000 students, it provides a range of services on an intercollegiate basis, including cultural, recreational and sporting activities. The seven-floor union building in Malet Street, Central London includes bars, restaurants, shops, banks, swimming pool and a live music venue.
National Union of Students (NUS)
The NUS campaigns nationally on student issues giving you a voice that can be heard by the Government, political parties and local authorities. It fights on issues such as top-up fees and safer housing for students as well as providing information and resources to Students’ unions and to individual members. As a Queen Mary student, you will have automatic membership of the NUS. This membership entitles you to purchase a discount card for great deals at shops, restaurants, theatres and cinemas in London.