Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Student societies

With over 250 student societies at the University, students are sure to find one to develop their skills and interests, with many focusing on social responsibility and sustainability issues.

Student societies illustration

Students can sign up to societies at any time throughout the academic year. Below is a list of student societies focusing on social responsibility and sustainability issues:

If you think we missed any societies out, please send us an email to let us know.


Further information

To sign up or find out further information about student societies please find out more on the Edinburgh University Students' Association website.

Student societies

Student cooperatives

There are a number of student co-operatives at the University, with many providing opportunities for students to get actively involved.

Edinburgh student housing cooperative

The first and only student-run housing cooperative in the United Kingdom!

Edinburgh student housing cooperative

Hearty squirrel cooperative

Providing healthy, local, ethical, organic and Fairtrade food, as well as a unique and informative experience for our volunteers

Hearty squirrel cooperative

Shrub cooperative

The Shrub is a student led cooperative which is supported by our Department. The swap and reuse hub launched in 2013, with the aim to reduce waste, share skills and promote a smarter, more sustainable way of meeting peoples’ material needs.

SHRUB cooperative