Social life

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What's on offer at the University of Hertfordshire

Social life at the University is vibrant and diverse both on and off campus.

Clubs, bars and restaurants abound in Hatfield and nearby St Albans, and the Galleria shopping centre right next to our campus offers a multiscreen cinema, a discount shopping outlet, and a range of restaurants and cafes.

You can also travel into the centre of London direct by train from Hatfield.

Common Rooms and Social Spaces

Whether you’re living on campus or commuting there’s lots of spaces to relax, meet with friends and socialise.

On de Havilland we opened a brand new social space in 2018 equipped with free to use pool and foosball tables, TV’s and cosy seating areas.

On College Lane each accommodation block has its own common room along with a central social area accessible to everyone.

To make these spaces even better we’ll be refurbishing the Oval, situated in the centre of the College Lane residences and near to the LRC and one of the common rooms.

Sport and physical activity

Whether you are a beginner or a serious competitor, we have got it all covered!  This is your hub for sport and active lifestyles and the best way to meet like-minded people, have fun and enhance your time at the University.

Check out our dedicated page to see how you can get active.


Whether you want to stay on campus or explore the local area, there's loads to do at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Forum

Built in 2009 with a capacity of over 2,000 people, The Forum Hertfordshire, is your on-campus nightclub and home to the biggest nights out at the University of Hertfordshire.

Committed to bringing you unique nights out with low ticket prices that give you the opportunity to escape your busy lecture schedule and indulge in our state-of-the-art venue.

Every penny you spend at the nightclub goes straight back into improving your student experience.

Find out more about nightlife.


Established in 1977, the EleHouse was the first official watering hole for students on campus.

The EleHouse building was based on the design of the Elephant House at London Zoo, which is where the name EleHouse is from.

Run by your Students’ Union, the Elehouse serves food sourced in the UK and while there’s no such thing as a free meal, every penny you spend here goes straight back into improving your student experience.

Clubs and societies

Whatever you're into there's an opportunity to join a club or society - or even set up your own at Herts.

With over 100 active clubs and societies on campus, there's a vibrant community of like-minded people out there waiting for you.

Find out more about clubs and societies.

Student Fundraising - Raise and Give (RAG)

You can also give back to the local community by fundraising for a cause of your choice. Each year, student groups raise hundreds for charities.

Take a look at the RAG website to find out what events are planned and how you can get involved.


Giving back to the local community by volunteering is a rewarding way to develop valuable skills and experience.

It’s up to you how much time you want to give and you’ll find lots of projects and opportunities to choose from.

Find out more about volunteering.

UH Arts

UH Arts is the University’s arts organisation.

Each year it presents a public programme of theatre, music, film and visual arts in venues across the University and beyond.

Find out more about UH Arts.


The University takes great pride in its social programme across the year. The student experience is never complete without the experience of travelling together.

Whether it’s a trip in the UK or abroad, we have a variety that we hope everyone will enjoy. We run regular trips to London, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath, Manchester Football Club, Cambridge, Paris and more!

Once you have started your course, you can find more information and book online at the UH Store.

If you have any queries, please email

Community Fridge

The University of Hertfordshire has its very own Community Fridge, based in The Oval on College Lane Campus. This is a communal space for students and staff to share surplus food they no longer want or need. The aim of the fridge is to reduce unnecessary food waste, as well as to promote community sharing across both campuses.

Whether you are going away for a long weekend and you have food that will expire whilst you’re gone, or you would like to try something you wouldn’t normally eat, the Community Fridge is available to you!

Food is also shared by local businesses to support our fridge, to help reduce food waste on a larger scale. This not only saves waste and money, but also helps our environment stay healthy.

See Ask Herts to find more information about how to get involved.

Community Gardens

We are fortunate enough to have our own allotment plots on College Lane Campus. A group of student volunteers worked with local charity Groundwork East to prepare the plots and planted various vegetables e.g. chard, potatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce, broccoli and sprouts.

This area is available to all students and staff, offering a fantastic volunteering opportunity to maintain the plots. Gardening is not only a great way to improve our green spaces on campus, but also improves overall wellbeing.

We are currently working to introduce a Community Garden for staff and students on de Havilland Campus as well.

See Ask Herts to find more information about how to get involved.

As a uni student it’s really easy to isolate yourself in your room. It’s good to see what you’re doing coming to fruition, to see your efforts become something. It’s a really rewarding thing.

Chandi - Psychology Student​