(Original post by DarkWhite)
That completely depends on you as an individual, how much time you'll need for your course, and what you'll do elsewhere.
In my first year I joined about a dozen societies (some Student Loans Company gave me like £2k the day I arrived, no brainer). I was doing them 4 nights a week then spending pretty much every weekend away with one of them. In general, I actively took part in about 6.
In my second year, work was a little harder, and I got involved in committees, running the societies, being a School Rep etc, and I dropped down to about 5, and kept them all up really - DofE, St John Ambulance, Scout & Guide, Real Ale, CompSoc.
Now in my third year, I'm down to 2 main ones: DofE, CompSoc; and I do Scout & Guide every few weeks, and Real Ale I attend the big events - beer festivals, beer by tram etc. Only reason I don't do St John still is because I have the first aid qualifications I need now.
What I would say is although I don't still do a dozen societies like I signed up for in first year, it's worth giving it a go for a few weeks - it gives you a chance to find the societies you like best, give less commitment to the ones you thought might be a bit different, and means that later on you end up doing the clubs/societies you enjoy the most, and possible get involved in being a committee member and helping run them
This is true, but then minimum membership for a society is £1, and something like £5 for a club (that £5 one could be wrong though!). I'm not sure what the average is, but all of my societies are between £1-£6/year. It's not a great deal and you easily get your money's back from being a member of the society.
e.g. I pay about £10-15 to societies/clubs each year. It's less than what I'd spend on a night out and you get much more for your money!!