Go Skydiving Naked: 11 Of The Quirkiest College Societies

College is a time to make connections, learn the skills you need in order to be successful in your desirable career, down jagerbombs and do some silly shit. Not doubt you'll be easily swayed into joining the silliest society in your university, i'm looking at you Juggling Soc. But out there, across sea and land, lie the most quirky and whimsical college societies. Start planning your erasmus now...

1. The Carleton College Moustache Club

Where? Carleton College, Minnesota, USA.

What's it all about? Well these gents appear to have three main goals: "The betterment of society through the medium of volunteer labor, the promotion of glorious facial hair growth upon the upper lip, and talking like this.". We can't help but assume that "talking like this" means talking in an upper class english accent. Women can also join, but better grab a sharpie or some eyeliner to scribble some lines on that upper lip!

2. Bigfoot Society

Where? U Penn, USA.


What's it all about? They're mad for Bigfoot in Pennsylvania, so the creation of this quirky society being set up is nothing unusual. Unconvinced that Bigfoot was the cameraman's mate in a Gorilla suit, the students of the Bigfoot Society crave for another sighting of this rather elusive monkey-man. And why not? It's an excuse for students get locked on a camping trip! Right up my alley...

3. Twenty Minute Society

Where? Newcastle University, UK.

What's it all about? The concept of this society is fantastic! After signing up, you'll receive a text message every now and then, giving you nothing but an address of somewhere on campus. Expect 2am karaoke, random inflatable sumo wrestling tournaments and even a trip to Barcelona!

4. Custard Wrestling Society


Where? Cardiff University, Wales.

What's it all about? Well, it's all in the name isn't it? So there's an inflatable paddling pool, two contenders and a copious amount of custard. As simple as it sounds, I find it very bizarre, but would be great craic to watch between lectures.

5. Pagan Soc

Where? Newcastle University, UK.


What's it all about? This is a legit society for pagans. Let's face it, we all enter college to go "find ourselves" so who knows? Paganism could be for you! Trips to Stonehenge included on their yearly agenda and they have free food at their meetings. FREE!

 6. Dignified Educated United Crust Eaters Society.

Where? Western Michigan University, USA.

What's it all about? Eating pizza crusts with dignity, essentially. Personally I would actually join this society, nibbling on the pizza crust is like the cherry on top of the entire meal. It's the perfect cool down exercise for your stomach and the crunchiness makes me feel fuzzy inside. Maybe I should move to Michigan...

7. Extreme Ironing Society


Where? International.

What's it all about? Yep. This exists. I say international because maybe students have taken this "extreme" sport up to relish in the adrenaline of adventure and the rush of crease-free clothing.

8. The Pirate Society


Where? The University of Sussex, UK.

What's it all about? Yar har har and a bottle of rum! This society are seriously into everything pirate: every meeting held in suitable ragged-looking attire, with suited mannerisms and idioms. Imagine Facebook pirate version (and yes there is one!) in real life! Activities include treasures and getting trashed!

9. Society For The Gentlemanly Pursuits

Where? Keele University, UK.

What's it all about? It's pretty much the opposite of the Pirate Society. According to the society description they are “based upon the mutual interest in the partaking of fine liquors and music of good quality alongside educated discussion.”. So one must assume all pouty mouth language and rude behaviour be left at the door.


10. Quidditch & Harry Potter Society

Where? Leeds University Union, UK.

What's it all about? The endless hours of  worshipping  your Dumbledore shrine has been worked! Yes, their are many Harry Potter societies throughout colleges globally, but the Quidditch and Harry Potter society of Leeds University is by far the coolest. Twice a week Qudditch practice is held and tournaments are arranged. They have frequent trips to all the Harry Potter hotspots, like the sets in London, platform nine and three quarters and film locations. Any Harry Potter fan would be at home here.

11. SANS (Skydiving for the Advancement of Naked Skydiving)

Where? USA & Australia

What's it all about? Being one with the wind? The feeling of renewal? The craic? It fairly common for colleges in warmer climates to offer this experience as part of the mundane skydiving society. Imagine hopping out of a plane at 10,00o feet in the nip, brrrrr. It'd make a hell of good story for the grandchildren though.

Catherine Munnelly
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Catherine Munnelly is a colourfully-haired UCD graduate with a degree in reading books. A pint-sized bundle of wisdom, she has mastered the game of Flip-Cup, enjoys the company of bearded-men and despises rude people. When she's not writing or talking about her dog, you'll find her wandering around Europe telling folk that Leprechauns exist and Bono's her uncle.

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