Prospective undergraduates


Study with us and encounter a lively community of students, and plenty of opportunities to join societies and get involved in extracurricular activities.

HCA Societies Logos

The University of Edinburgh is home to hundreds of different societies, which are organised through the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA). At the School of History, Classics & Archaeology our societies hold events regularly - these are a great way to meet new people and get involved in exciting student-run projects.

History Society

The History Society are the proud winners of of the Place for All award at the 2019 Students’ Awards and both Best Academic Society and Star Society at the 2018 EUSA Activities Awards, and one of the largest societies on campus.

The History Society hosts guest lecturers, organise careers events, and work closely with the EUSA Liberation groups. They also hold regular socials from film screenings and karaoke to a black-tie Winter Ball. As well as all this, the society runs an annual international trip and has four sports teams – rugby, netball, men’s football, and women’s football.

History Society

Classics Society

The Edinburgh University Classics welcomes everyone who has an interest in the Ancient World. The Society hosts a variety of socials, ranging from pub nights to staff-student events, symposiums and our staple event Hadrian’s Ball. During second term of this year the Classics Society will be taking a trip to Crete. The Society also conducts outreach work at local schools through their Literacy Through Latin program and welcomes anyone with a basic knowledge of Latin to volunteer.

Classics Society

Archaeology Society

ArchSoc hosts a lecture series, workshops and regular trips to stimulate interest, knowledge and practical skills in this diverse subject area. They have a very diverse social calendar with pub crawls, quizzes and the annual Christmas meal.



Retrospect is the University's student-led History, Classics and Archaeology journal. Whether you are interested in writing about your subject outside of your studies, or simply want to gain experience in writing, editing, designing or publishing, Retrospect is the place to be. The journal is published once a semester and runs an excellent calendar of socials and careers events.

Retrospect journal

School events

Across the year a number of events, workshops and research seminars take place in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology. To keep up to date on upcoming events, visit our Events page. 

School events

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

The Students’ Association is home to an array of bars, shops, cafes and entertainment venues, including the city's biggest student nightclub. Regular entertainment includes a variety of clubs, live music and comedy, plus debates and regular club meetings. The Students' Association also supports more than 260 student societies covering areas such as sport, music, politics, drama and the arts.


Sport and exercise

Whether a recreational gym-user or a performance athlete going for gold, our world-class sports facilities and coaches cater for you. In 2015/16 we were ranked third in the UK for sport by British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). Our Sports Union also offers 64 different sports clubs.

Sport and exercise