Membership Questions


What types of membership are there? What's the difference?

*Successful sign-up required for attendance of Away Trips, Expeditions and a limited number of other events. No membership level provides priority sign-up to any of our trips and events. Most event sign-ups are first-come, first-served. See individual event advertising for information about sign-up procedures.

ⓘ Membership can only be purchased from the Student Union (SUSU) website or reception desk in building 42. To join the Club, you must be a member of the Union. This is automatic for all students (including Erasmus) of the Uni. Alumni, Staff and other non-students should get in touch about their options and about how to obtain a Union Associate Membership.

You do NOT need Sports and Wellbeing membership for anything we do - unless you are a member of another sports club or use the gym facilities, we would actively advise against it!


What do you spend membership fees on?

This is up to each Committee, but generally the membership fees are spent on new/replacement Club kit (tents, safety equipment maps etc), subsidising Away Trips and one-off special trips, and other expenses such as food at Socials.



General Questions (FAQs)

COVID-19 Pandemic and SUHC Activities

We are trying our best to run events when the Government and Student Union allow. Sadly, we do have to restrict in-person attendance at this time and continue to collect contact tracing details. Please keep an eye on our Home Page and Facebook page for all the latest updates.

The remaining questions and answers on this page refer to "normal" Club activities, which we can't wait to deliver to you once again!


Where are your events advertised?

All our events are advertised on our Facebook page and in our weekly email newsletter. Day Walks and most Socials are usually advertised a few days in advance. Away Trips and Expeditions are advertised approximately 2 weeks in advance.


Can I join the club mailing list/newsletter?

Yep! Simply fill out our quick and easy web form to subscribe. You'll get a jam-packed email filled with our events, news and other exciting stuff!


How do I unsubscribe from the email list/newsletter?

We're sorry to see you go! If you no longer want to receive the newsletter, simply click the unsubscribe link located in the footer of the email. This will remove you from the list immediately. Please note: this does not affect you getting emails about Away Trips and other events you have directly signed up for.


How often are your events?

Our dedicated Committee strive to put on as many events as possible during University term time. Day Walks are hosted every Saturday (weather depending) and there are usually 6 Away Trips per year.


Do I need to sign up for Day Walks?

No! Simply meet us at the station about twenty minutes before our train departs (this gives you plenty of time to buy a ticket - see the event description for full details).


Do I need to be an experienced walker for your activities?

Absolutely not! For all our Day Walks and Away Trips, we take anyone regardless of experience. You do, however, need to be able to walk for at least a few hours and prepared with the relevant kit. Generally speaking, the terrain is more difficult on Away Trips and please bear in mind the increased kit requirement.


What kit do I need for your Day Walks?

You should have the following personal kit as a minimum to ensure a confortable and safe day out:

*By 'sturdy shoes', we mean footwear that you are happy to get muddy, with sufficient grip on the soles. If in doubt, walking shoes/boots are available from sports wear shops such as Decathlon and Go Outdoors in Southampton for very reasonable prices. Inevitably someone (or many people) will turn up with inappropriate footwear and have less fun on the walk as a result. Don't let that be you -it also frustrates us! Ask US if you're not sure. We don't enforce Day Walk kit: having appropriate gear is your responsibility!


Are Away Trips more difficult than Day Walks?

Away Trips are designed more for the regular walker and are better suited to someone who regularly attends our Day Walks. Walks on these trips are typically shorter but tougher (with difficult, often steep and uneven terrain). The signup is not selective and it is up to you to check you are capable of the walks, especially on trips to mountainous areas. If you are unsure of what a trip entails, please do contact us well in advance of signing up. Note that the kit list (detailed in trip publicity) is more comprehensive and you MUST have walking boots.

⚠ This can not be emphasised enough! Poor footwear can cause accidents, delays and makes walk leading less enjoyable. It doesn't matter if you are comfortable with the shoes you have, please follow the kit requirements. You may be asked when boarding the minibus to confirm you have the correct kit.

What kit do I need for your Away Trips?

Away Trip kit requirements can vary seasonally and by destination. You will be provided a full kit list prior to sign-up as part of the trip advertising, so please check that thoroughly before signing up to any trip. Below is a rough giude of the kit you'll need for a 'typical' Away Trip:

All the above can be found for a decent price from outdoor shops such as Go Outdoors and Decathlon, conveniently located within Southampton. Please contact us at the earliest opportunity if you need kit advice or clarification. We will do our very best to help you out!

⚠ You may be turned away if you turn up for an Away Trip without the correct kit. This is for your own safety and the safety of others present on a trip.

Where do you stay during Away Trips? Do I have to carry all my kit?

This depends where we go and what time of year. More often than not, we'll be staying in a bunkhouse. However, we do like to run a small number of camping trips in the warmer months! You can leave anything not needed for the walks in the accomodation. We do not stay in hotels! (Yes, this has been asked!)


Are Expeditions open to anyone?

Yes, but note that our more advanced trips and events may be more limited and selective due to the need to have more responsible leaders. Selection is entirely at the discression of the Expeditions Secretary and the Club President. Kit lists will be circulated as part of trip advertising. Please bear in mind that you will be required to carry all your kit with you for the duration of the trip.


What kit do I need for your Expeditions?

It's likely to be similar to Away Trip kit, but more often than not there will be a few additions AND you'll have to carry it all with you on the walks. Given the wide range of Expeditions we host, please see specific event advertising for what you will need to have.


How old is the club?

The club was founded in the 1966/67 academic year, making it one of the oldest continuously active clubs in the University. We have gone through various iterations and names (we were originally the Rambling club and adopted our current name in 1999).

Some of our walks, such as the Isle of Wight walk, have taken place annually for over thirty years in essentially the same format!


Can I look at some of the club's history?

Of course! We maintain our own archive in both a digital and paper form- passed down over the years between Presidents. You can view the full online public archive here.


How do I join the Committee?

Every year we hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to vote in a new Committee. This typically takes place in mid March and all Members (Full or Free) are entitled to vote. If you decide to stand for election, you will be given a short time for a speech to advertise yourself to everyone at the AGM, before voting begins. You do not need any qualifications or experience to stand for any position - if elected, we will train you during a handover period. Some roles are more competitive than others, but get involved with club events and focus on one or two roles and there's a good chance you'll get elected! Please note that to stand for election, you must be a current student with Union membership.

This bar shows how far through the Committee year we are...


Why are you obsessed with tiny sheep?

No one is quite sure, not least our Presidents who look after them. It seems that each successive Committee elevates the soft toys (available online btw) to new levels. Anyone interested in the formation of organised religion would do well to study them.

Holly and Hilly are above mere mortals such as the Committee. They must be treated as such. 🐑