Choosing which university to go to is a big decision, and on top of important factors like courses, employability and teaching standards, we think it’s well worth considering what the student union is offering. As you’ll often be automatically enrolled when you arrive at university, you’ll have a range of services, support and guidance available to you.

That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide for Queen Mary university students on everything the student union has to offer. From jobs and volunteering opportunities to spaces for study and socialising, we’ve got everything you need to know about Queen Mary student union (QMSU) that lies in a vibrant area of East London.

Close to Shoreditch and Brick Lane, as well as the Tech City and financial centres of Canary wharf and The City, QMSU is within easy reach of our student accommodation in London.

Dashwood Studios is just around the corner from Elephant & Castle station or a 15-minute bus ride to Monument station, where you’ll be able to hop on the District Line to get to QMSU with ease. So when you’re ready to explore what the student union at Queen Mary university has to offer, be sure to have our useful guide to hand!

The Role of the Union

Conveniently located on the university campus on Mile End Road, the Queen Mary student union (QMSU) is a democratic membership organisation that represents all Queen Mary students. It works to ensure students’ voices and opinions are heard via student representatives and to improve the overall student experience. As well as ample sports, societies and clubs students can enjoy, there’s a multitude of facilities including social spaces, a multi-faith centre, several shops, a student media suite and sports and fitness centres available. The student union is your go-to for any issue you may be having such as financial, academic or personal and are looking for guidance and support.

Groups & Societies at QMSU

QMSU has over 300 groups and societies that students can enjoy, as well as the opportunity to set up their own. Joining a group or society at Queen Mary university is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and meet new and like-minded people, or to try something completely new. You can explore the full range of groups ranging from academic to artsy, or wellbeing to water polo. You can search the full range of groups and societies at Queen Mary university to find one that works for you. The groups with BL in the name refer to Barts and The London (the School of Medicine and Dentistry) however, any Queen Mary student is welcome to join those groups.

Sports at QMSU

With everything from American football to volleyball, at Queen Mary there are over 60 sports clubs to choose from and one for every ability and interest. If you prefer to play non-competitively, the university also offers social leagues for students to play football, netball, basketball and cricket. Queen Mary also hosts Campus games where students and staff are free to show up and participate in sports-day-type events that feature different, fun games including tug of war and Park Run.

Jobs and Volunteering at QMSU

Studying while you’re at university is not only a great way to earn money but for building skills for future employability. Likewise, volunteering is a great boost for your CV, as well as a good way to meet new people and try new things. At QMSU you’ll find plenty of work and volunteering opportunities to give back, raise money and develop your skills – and enjoy yourself at the same time!

Social Events at QMSU

Whether you’re looking for an exercise class, workshop, quiz night or club night, there’s always something happening at QMSU. While it’s never too difficult to find the best student nights in London, there’s always a packed social calendar including themed nights and fancy dress occasions for students to let their hair down and party at the student union that’s within easy reach of our London university accommodation.

Upcoming Events

Where to find the Student Union

The student union hub is conveniently located at Queen Mary university on Mile End Road, behind Ground Cafe. The closest underground station is Mile End on the Hammersmith City, District and Central Lines.

The official address is:
329 Mile End Road
E1 4NT

We know how exciting it is to be a student in London and to get to live in the wonderful city with so much to enjoy on your doorstep. That’s why we’ve made sure our student accommodation in London is exceptional and designed with students in mind. Situated just a 5-minute walk from Elephant & Castle underground station, Dashwood Studios offers a range of private studios to suit your needs and budget. Not to mention superior facilities that are exclusive for residents including an on-site cinema room, games room, two roof terraces and ample study spaces. Best of all, everything is covered in your all-inclusive rent so you can get on with enjoying your time in London.