Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA), better known as 'the Union', is one of the most successful students' unions in the country.  It's rated number one in the UK in the National Student Survey year after year.


MONO is the Union's main nightclub.  It has a capacity of over 1000 and knows how to fill it with legendary club nights like the massive Halloween and St Patrick’s Day parties.  It also hosts weekly favourites such as Skint, the club night that gives you chart hits and student anthems every Tuesday night.

On the music front, recently hosted bands and DJs include Pendulum and Tinchy Stryder. Radio 1 DJs such as Scott Mills, Chris Stark and Danny Howard also make regular guest appearances.

The Union also offers Floor 5, an alternative clubbing venue for those into drum & bass, indie and guitar rock sounds, as well as two more bars - the Liar Bar and Air Bar. The bars offer a range of entertainment at night, from karaoke and open mic to big screen sport.

Mono is the nightclub at the heart of DUSA

Union facilities

The Union is the perfect place to find everything you might need between lectures. The Premier Shop is a large convenience store (managed by the Students’ Association) which sells everything from groceries and magazines to stationery and lab coats. If you’re waiting for friends there’s WiFi throughout the building and the Pool Hall contains 18 pool tables and the latest in video games and quiz machines. 

The Union has become renowned for its fantastic food which includes our food court on Level 4, offering a fast food takeaway service covering everything from breakfast to late night party snacks as well as the hugely popular all-you-can-eat buffets throughout the semester. Air Bar provides fine coffees and pastries, and Liar Bar serves fast lunches during the day. Proving that your money goes a bit further in Dundee, our shops and bars are consistently ranked the best value for money in the UK.

During the day, catch up with friends for coffee in Pavement Cafe

Student societies

You won't be bored if we have anything to do with it. We’ve got over 100 societies and they cover an exhaustive list of activities and interests. We have

  • political societies like the Feminist Society, Labour Students and Greens
  • societies raising valuable funds and publicity for charities like Amnesty International and One Water
  • societies for people interested in certain countries or cultures such as the Hellenic Society, Indian Society and Nordic Society
  • religious-affiliated societies such as the Christian Union, Catholic Society and Islamic Society
  • academic groups like the societies for Computing, Philosophy and Psychology. You’ll find the majority of our subjects have a like-minded group of people getting together to talk shop
  • societies for general good times such as the Comedy Club, Sci-Fi Society and the BBQ, Baking & Coffee Society

Why not try something totally different? The LIP Theatre Company and OpSoc will allow you to explore your creative side and get out on the stage. DARE, a student-run charitable society supporting international development, will get you raising money through bungee jumps, sponsored cycle rides and other daring adventures.

And if you’re into something really niche, you could always start your own society!

I’ve been involved with a wide range of societies; a charity society, an academic society and a social society. Everyone wants to try out something new at university, there will be people there who love to do things whose friends might have different interests but societies let them do that. They are very well supported, especially with the advice and guidance they can get from DUSA.

Thara Packiarajah
4th year History and Politics student

The Great Gatsby fundraiser which took place a couple of years ago was organised in collaboration between the Music Society, the Big Band Society and the Swing Society

DUSA Media

If you fancy a career in media or just want to do something a bit different, why not get involved with DUSA Media? With four separate outlets – DUSA TV, DUSA Radio, The Magdalen magazine and DUSA Media Online – there’s plenty for you to get involved in. Check out the DUSA media website for more information. 

I absolutely love media, it's hard to put it into words. In first year, when I first joined DUSA TV it was amazing. I could be as involved as I wanted to be, either going along for one hour a week or throwing myself in every single night of the week. There was a lot of flexibility in the outlet. The training that you get and the different skills you pick up you just wouldn't get anywhere else, and they not just made me more employable but it's changed the sort of career I want to go into.

Gillian Howieson
4th year Psychology student

Get involved

Student experience is at the heart of all decisions made at Dundee and we're proud of the very strong partnership between students and the University.  You'll find plenty of ways to get involved and have your say, giving you the opportunity to develop personal networks and employability skills. 

We have student representation at all levels, from the DUSA Executive Committee and Student Representative Council (SRC) right down to Class Representatives.

To find out more, visit the DUSA website

Jan Wagner

I am on the SRC this year, and it’s a great opportunity for every student to change something at the highest level of administration. I personally really enjoyed the campaigning and the election part, it’s a really good experience whether you win or not.

Jan Wagner
Fourth year Geography and International Relations student

Kieran Pannell

Getting involved in student representation is a great way to get involved in the political process, to make a real change on campus. I’d love to be the next Mhairi Black

Kieran Pannell
1st year Politics and History student

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